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Zipp Tangente Speed R28 Tire - Clincher

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Tangente Speed R28 Tire

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.

  • Zipps departure from aerodynamics offers you total supple grip
  • Rolling resistance is reduced in the Tangente line for faster feel
  • Plush 220 TPI nylon casing offers exceptional cornering grip
  • Soak up bumps and road chatter with lofty 28mm width
  • Wider tire allows for lower pressure and increased contact patch
  • Tread pattern helps shed water and maintain grip in wet, slick conditions
  • Item #ZIP003Z

Compound
60 ShA durometer rubber
Size
700 c x 28 mm
Type
clincher
Casing
nylon
TPI
220
PSI
70 - 100
Recommended Use
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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>Rating: 1

Complete waste of money

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
28mm
Height
6` 2"
Weight
180 lbs

I used this tire one time, and made it about 6 miles before the sidewall suffered a tear causing a huge blowout. I'm honestly not sure what tore the side wall, seeing as this happened on a fairly smoothly paved bike path. It's possible the tear started earlier in the ride, gradually becoming worse and rendering the increasingly exposed tube a ticking time bomb. The tire was inflated to 95 PSI prior to the ride (max indicated pressure is 100 PSI). The side wall is simply too thin, and bike tire rolling resistance website unsurprisingly reflects that it is only 0.45 mm thick. Don't get me wrong, these tires are nice in their way --- very easy to put on, and I felt that they had good traction and rolling resistance during the short time I used them. However, these just are not fit for use on anything except velodromes or the very smoothest of roads. There is a reason competitive cyclist is selling them for ~65% off....Don't get lured in; Do yourself a huge favor and opt for some continentals.

>Rating: 4

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.

>Rating:

Are these a foldable tire

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Is this a tubeless tire?