Motocross Wheels On Mountain Bikes? | GMBN’s First Look At The All New Zipp 3Zero Moto Wheelset

Motocross Wheels On Mountain Bikes? | GMBN’s First Look At The All New Zipp 3Zero Moto Wheelset


(upbeat electronic music) – [Blake] When it comes
to mountain biking wheels, there’s only so many ways that you can make a bike wheel, right? Well, apparently, Zipp didn’t get the memo and have developed their first mountain biking wheel in over 20 years, and it’s nothing like
anything else out there. (impactful crash sound) – As mountain bikers,
Zipp might not necessarily be a brand you’re that familiar with. For most our drop
handlebar touting friends, It’s serious business in the
world of specialist wheels. Now, when they first
came onto scene, in 1988, their first product was actually an aerodynamic disc wheel but following on from there, became a tri spoke wheel, and then various deep section wheels, all in the name of trying to cut through the air as fast as possible. Next up, came the cyclo-cross wheels, and following on from there, came the mountain bike wheels. Like this, the 3ZERO MOTO wheel. And this is a really weird
(dirt bike drowns out speaker). What are you doing?
What are you doing here? – Well, Zipp asked us to shoot
a video about Motorcross. – No, they didn’t, they asked us to film a video about the MOTO Rim. The new mountain bike rim. – Oh, my bad. Sorry. (upbeat electronic music) (upbeat electronic music) (upbeat electronic music) – So, lets take a closer look
at this wheel set from Zipp. So, it’s called, as we
know, the 3ZERO MOTO. Now, it kinda takes it’s name MOTO from the world of motocross where the rim design is actually
a single-wall design, like a motocross wheel, they
can be incredibly heavy, but you can actually do this with carbon. Now, the especially
cool thing about this is some carbon rims available
on the market are a little bit too stiff and it does mean, hold on Blake, it does mean, when you’re riding those
wheels through really rocky terrain, you’re in danger of either pinching or slashing the tire, or damaging the rim itself. Now, the thing with these
is they have something called ankle flex built into them, and it actually enables the rim to deform slightly, where it might otherwise crack. Now, this is a really
cool feature and actually it’s why he is here because
we’re actually gonna, yes Blake. – Can I have a go? – You can have a go in a sec. This is why Blake is here because he’s gonna go and razz these head to head against a motocross bike. Go on then. (excited laughter) Don’t be long Blake. – [Blake] Yeah, I won’t be, Doddy. (upbeat rock music) (upbeat rock music) (upbeat rock music) (upbeat rock music) (upbeat rock music) – Where the hell’s he gone? He can’t have gone that far around here. (motocross bike engine sound) (motocross bike engine sound) (motocross bike engine sound) (upbeat rock music) – Well, a motocross rim has been the same for as long as I can remember. Simple as it can be,
this single-wall design making it strong but
yet a compliant as well. Now, in the cycling
industry they have used this but it’s considered as a budget option. Made out of steel and
generally very very heavy, where weight is no matter for the bike, because this goes powered
by a motor, but it is when it comes to a human
powered mountain bike. However, the use of carbon fiber, that changes everything. (upbeat hard rock music) (upbeat hard rock music) – YouTube presenter who
crashes a bike a lot. Ah, that’s easy, that’s Neil. (upbeat hard rock music) (upbeat hard rock music) (upbeat hard rock music) (upbeat hard rock music) – And ultimately, they
believe it can make you go faster as well
because if you’re running a real rigid wheel and
you hit some rough terrain it sounds really loud, it’s like (imitates bike on terrain sound) and that’s transferring
all those shock waves into your body and ultimately
bouncing your bike around no matter what tire pressure you got running in your tires, it will bounce you around down the trail, ping ponging. Whereas this sounds different. It sounds crazy, it’s like (imitates bike on terrain sound), not (imitates bike on terrain sound). I’ve got more trail to go,
I’ll see you at the bottom. (upbeat hard rock music) (upbeat hard rock music) – Geeky tech type from GMBN. No idea who that is. (upbeat hard rock music) (upbeat hard rock music) (upbeat hard rock music) (bike on terrain sound) – Well, you’ve probably gotta question, why a single-wall rim? Well, that thing is
twisting underneath you. Just like a human ankle, just like this. Moving side to side, it’s doing that, and that spoke is just twisting in there. Now, let me explain. When you’re walking on
some really rough terrain, like I’ve set these rocks up here, your ankle’s gonna twist
to try and get your foot to get maximum grip on the
terrain underneath you. Also, try to keep yourself
upright just like this. Now, it’s really hard to show that out here on the trail,
so Zipp have sent in some of this test footage from their lab. Take a look at this. That is insane, it’s definitely
moving, definitely moving. Right, I think I’ve had
too much fun out here and I bet Doddy is twiddling his thumbs. See you in a bit, Doddy. – Where’ve you been? You’ve been ages. – Ah mate you don’t wanna know
– Dude, dude, Actually you can help me with this. – Yeah. – Can you help me with this one? – Tech geek on GMBN, five, that’s you. – Just reminded me.
– D-O-D-D-Y – If you wanna watch the tech geek edition of this very video over on GMBN Tech, click that bad boy there for all the details about the rims. Yeah, don’t forget to hit
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if you love zipping about. Alright, who’s gonna wash the motorbike?

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