Zipp’s new 454 NSW Carbon Clincher is ‘radical by design, evolutionary by nature’. The wheelsset specialists has released a new video to spotlight the 454 NSW wheel and its ‘Sawtooth rim profile designed using biomimicry’.
Following the success of the Zipp 808 NSW and the Zipp 404 NSW Carbon Clincher, the 454 NSW Carbon Clincher is the latest of Zipp’s NSW product series. Yet, Zipp’s new 454 NSW wheel has a radical design with the Sawtooth rim certainly a head-turner.
A release from Zipp elaborated on the design behind the new wheel..
Utilizing the principles of the emerging science of biomimicry, Zipp engineers studied the environment around them for instances of how nature solved similar problems of speed, control, and efficiency for the next generation of Zipp wheels. Think of a humpback whale’s fast but graceful movements thanks to the special features on the leading edge of its pectoral fins, or the unique micro texture of a shark’s skin, which gives it the ability to glide effortlessly through the water. These structures inspired Zipp advanced development engineers to, for the first time, systematically apply biomimicry to solve the complex challenge of designing a wheel that reduces both aerodynamic drag and side force.