Speed in rain or shine.
While Zipp has long held a stellar reputation for churning out aerodynamic wheels, you may be less familiar with the fact that this company also makes tires. First introduced in 2007, Zipp's tires were originally laser focused on aerodynamics, which left a bit to be desired in the rolling resistance and handling categories. With the Tangente line, Zipp's focus has shifted to creating fast-rolling tires with supple grip to rail corners. The Tangente Speed R28 Clincher Tire boasts exceptional traction in both dry and wet conditions and a wide profile to roll smoothly over rough roads.
Billed as a race-ready tire for days when the road isn't pristine, the Speed R28 utilizes a plush 220 TPI nylon casing and a beefy 28mm width to soak up the bumps. The wider stance allows for lower tire pressure and an increased contact patch, which pairs with the lower rolling resistance of the high TPI casing for a better grip and an overall smoother ride than narrower tires. To cap things off, Zipp incorporates a tread pattern designed to shed water and maintain grip even in wet conditions.
- Q & A
Almost my favorite
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I mounted these on Zipp 404 Firestrikes, have not tried on 202's or 303's yet. No tire is going to get 5 stars in all dimensions. My favorite is still the Schwalbe One but unfortunately Competitive Cyclist doesn't keep a reliable supply in stock.
I ride high miles over a wide range of road quality and have found that 28's are as fast or faster than 25's, ride better on chip seal and broken tarmac/occasional gravel, and I like the extra rubber on the road, especially in the wet. These R28's seem to be what they are advertised to be, as fast as the Schwalbe One, grip is excellent, ride quality is excellent, durability we'll see after I've put a couple thousand km on them. Handling is just as precise as with 25's if you've got them inflated properly and they are very predictable, no issues there, 5 stars. They mounted up well on my Zipp's without levers.