Inspiration from Moto. Progression from Indy.
Moto remains a powerful source of inspiration for good reason. Based in the racing hotbed of Indy, Zipp for more than three decades has used Motorsports as an inspiration to develop pioneering carbon cycling innovations. Their single-wall approach, what they call Moto Technology™, allows the rims to “pivot” from either side of the spoke bed while traversing rough terrain. As the wheel encounters obstacles, each edge of the rim is designed for compliance, creating the feel of extra suspension. For the rider that means durability and control for greater speed:
- Higher impact resistance
- Reduced chance of pinch flatting
- More traction in rough corners
- Smoother ride in rocky terrain
- Ability to run lower tyre pressure
- Reduced rider fatigue
Tested by the world’s fastest
For the last two years Zipp team has had prototypes and successive versions of the 3Zero Moto under the fastest riders in the world. Enduro MTB rider Adrien Dailly raced them to their first EWS podium in France, and enduro legend Jérôme Clementz recorded the first win in New Zealand. With their help, plus reams of honest feedback from Zipp's test riders, they’ve arrived at the transformation of the mountain bike wheel for the speed-obsessed.
Test riders communicated that they had a lot less fatigue and arm pump and less vibrations feeling coming up through the handlebars. “Those wheels feel like I have an extra inch of travel,” Clementz said. This isn’t just on-the-trail marketing. It’s Zipp’s product development protocol. Zipp test concepts for all riding styles, from those who are super smooth to those who may just case a jump now and then.
Stiffness: perception vs. reality
While other wheel brands limit their focus to traditional box-section rim designs, Zipp engineers—uninhibited by legacy technology—wiped the white board clean. All the best ideas eventually pointed to Motorsports inspiration and Moto Technology’s single-wall rim the optimal approach for an enduro/trail wheelset.
The 3Zero Moto’s stiffness, compliance and durability comes from Zipp’s proprietary process to design and assemble rim, hub, and spokes. Each 3Zero Moto wheel is built as a system, its ZM1 hubset and 32 spokes and handmade carbon rim all integrate to play key roles in performance. Look at a cross section of the 3Zero Moto and you can see the difference right away. It’s a quantum jump from the typical and limiting box-section design that bicycle wheels have always used – the Moto-inspired design allows the fastest trail riders on earth to fly over the roughest terrain imaginable with speed and control like never before. Let's explain:
Lateral stiffness – In a sharp turn, the rim remains stiff, providing confidence that the wheel is firmly planted. Zipp’s wide hub flanges provide better spoke-bracing angles which help to increase the lateral stiffness.
Torsional windup – When torque is applied to the rear hub when pedaling, you don’t want the spokes to create a spring-like flex sapping your wattage. Having 32 spokes at the right tensions keep the wheel constrained during windup, meaning the energy in your legs is efficiently transferred to your rear wheel.
Radial Compliance – When you hit a rock, the systems is designed to act as a shock absorber. Zipp’s Moto Technology allows the rim to flex, which absorbs the impact energy and spreads it away from the impact zone for increased durability. In essence, more of the rim carries the load from the impact.
“Ankle” Compliance – Imagine a runner rounding a sharp turn, the ankle naturally flexing to maintain grip as the runner leans. The rim can locally flex to stay parallel to the ground during cornering, which increases traction much like a human ankle. This ability to twist locally allows it to deflect during single bead impacts without the rider getting bounced off line.
Durability and ride quality – 3Zero Moto rim strength exceeded any expectations for impact resistance due to Moto technology compliance. As for ride quality, the wheel also deflected three times more than top rival box-section carbon wheels. That extra compliance behaves like extra suspension, but it also spreads the impact energy over a larger area. This also benefits the rider in the form of pinch flat prevention.
The benefits of all that are simple. More control. Fewer line deviations. Greater durability. Fewer pinch flats. The net gain? Pure speed.
Frustration-free tyre installation
We all know what it can be like trying to stretch new tyres over certain wheels. And with the added complexity that comes when also trying to install a tyre insert, the process can get the better of even the strongest or most skilled. That is why the 3Zero Moto has been designed to make this process as easy as possible. No tools, or help from friends, are needed thanks to a rim profile and spoke-bed strip designed to make mounting and airing up tubeless tyres the way it should be: Dead simple.
Fully pinned aesthetics
Zipp engineering team finds structures that deliver unrivaled performance to be the most beautiful. Indeed, beyond its performance function, the carbon layup pattern also has a form factor that looks as sweet as it works.
Material: UniStitch Carbon Weave.
ERD (Effective Rim Diameter): 613 mm.
Profile: Moto Technology, Asymmetrical, Tubeless Compatible.
Height: 14.8 mm.
Internal width: 30 mm.
External width: 37.5mm.
Type: Sapim D-Lite, J-bend.
Material: Stainless steel.
Section: 2.0 / 1.65 / 2.0.
Shape: Double Butted.
Finish: Black chrome.
Spoke length Rear - DS / NDS 300 / 302 mm.
Finish: Black anodized.
Anti-rotation: Secure Lock.
Hub Used: Zipp ZM1.
Hub shell material: Aluminum.
Hub shell finish: Black anodized - matte finish.
Axle material Front & Rear: Aluminum.
Bearing type: Cartridge bearings 2RS.
Driver body material: Aluminum / black anodized.
Driver mechanism / type: Double Time.
Engagement points: 52.
Engagement degrees: 6.9°.
Tyre type: Clincher/Tubeless.
Rim dimension: 622x30.
Max Recommended Pressure: 65 psi / 4,4 Bar.
Max Recommended Weight: 125 kg / 275 lbs.
Driver Body: XD (included)/ HyperGlide (available separately).
Rotors: 6 bolts only.
Rear axle interface: 12x148 Boost.
Manufacturer weight: 1015 g.
In enduro, 2 to 4 psi one way or the other can greatly influence speed, comfort and traction. TyreWiz is the world’s first AXS app-based tyre-pressure monitoring device. It shows riders exactly what pressure their tyres are at through their smartphone or head unit with ANT+ or Bluetooth Low Energy radio capabilities. Each 3Zero Moto wheelset includes TyreWiz™ as a standard integrated feature, helping riders dial-in precise and optimal pressure for every trail condition. TyreWiz™ syncs the data it tracks with extremely accurate sensors that deliver + or – 2% pressure accuracy, all the way down to 0 psi.
Ratcheting up the smarts. This straight-aligned, 4-pawl design turns the 26-tooth ratchet ring into 52 points of contact. The result: smooth 6.9-degree engagement without reducing tooth size or offsetting internal geometry—which means serious long-term durability.
- TyreWiz™ – Integrated tyre pressure monitoring system.
- Tubeless valve – factory installed.
- Tubeless rim tape – factory installed.
- XD driver body.
- Endcaps – 12/148 Boost.
|Front wheel spokes||32|
|Rim profile||14,8 mm|