Testing with MOVISTAR TEAM on famed pavé reveals the benefits of Zipp Total System Efficiency with hookless rim-tire interface.
When there’s no Paris-Roubaix, the famed cobblestone sector at the Forest of Arenberg is quiet. People walk dogs or jog, typically on the trail next to the pavé. There are no barriers. No chaos. In the warmer months, grass grows between the cobbles.
Yet—even when covered with grass—the cobblestones are just as rough and jarring to the riders. That makes Arenberg ahead of race day the ideal testing ground proving new wheels and technology.
“We had been working toward this test for quite some time. Continental Tires were in development of their new hookless-compatible tires,” said Jason Phillips of SRAM Racing, which works closely with Zipp-sponsored pro athletes. “We felt that Roubaix was the ideal place and the ideal timing for us to starting racing with this new hookless technology with MOVISTAR.”
Testing Tubeless at Roubaix with Team Movistar
For the test, two MOVISTAR TEAM riders (referred to below as Rider A and Rider B) rode the Arenberg sector with the following protocol:
- Baseline run with standard Roubaix equipment: Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular with Continental 30mm tubular
- Follow-up runs on tubeless setup: Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless + Continental GP5000 S TR – 30mm
- First run on tubeless at 5 bar / 73 psi. Lower ½ bar for each subsequent run, to the limit of puncture / failure
- Record time, power, and subjective evaluation of grip and comfort for each run