New Goodyear Vector tyres are optimised specifically for Zipp’s wheelsets

Collaboration is a part of what Goodyear describes as a true “system-based approach”, with three new tyres available

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The new Goodyear Vector tyres are optimised for Zipp wheelsets

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The new Goodyear Vector tyres are optimised for Zipp wheelsets

Goodyear has collaborated with Zipp to release a range of new Vector tyres that are optimised specifically for the American brand’s wheelsets.

The range includes the Vector R Z30 NSW, which is optimised for use with Zipp’s 353 NSW wheelset, while the Vector R Z30 SW and R Z35 SW tyres are tailored for the Zipp 303 Firecrest rims.

All of the tyres are built for performance but the R Z30 is tailored towards climbing through a lightweight construction, while the remaining two tyres are built with durability and versatility in mind.

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A new approach to tyre design

Goodyear’s tyre know-how expands beyond the cycling industry, with the US-based brand holding a significant presence in the automotive industry too. It’s from here that it has drawn inspiration for the latest collaboration, more specifically through OE tyres.

OE tyres are essentially designed in conjunction with car manufacturers while they’re designing their cars, to ensure that the tyres are optimised to work with the whole system, rather than being an afterthought. It’s this logic that Goodyear has followed for the new Vector tyres, leading to what it describes as “a true system-based approach and new development process”, in which it has worked closely with Zipp to conduct research and testing.

The simple thinking is that rims can vary significantly, for example through internal rims widths, meaning the performance characteristics of a tyre will also vary. By optimising the tyre specifically for a particular wheelset, Goodyear says that a “tire and rim system can push performance beyond the standard”.

One of the clearest results of this approach, according to Goodyear, is the tyres’ actual sizes when mounted on Zipp rims. The Vector R Z30 NSW is only available in a 30mm width, and is designed to measure 30mm on the Zipp 353 NSW wheelset. It’s a similar story for the Vector R Z30 SW and R Z35 SW tyres, which are available in and designed to remain as 30mm and 35mm widths when mounted on 303 Firecrest rims.

All of this optimisation leads to some significant performance gains, according to Zipp, which says the Vector R Z30 SW is “the most efficient tire Zipp has tested in more than 20 years of wind tunnel testing”.

Read more: Complete guide to road cycling tyres

Hookless tyres

Just as notably, Zipp, which is owned by SRAM, also says that the tyres are “sized for ideal fitment and tire retention on Zipp rims”. More specifically, the 353 NSW and 303 Firecrest are a part of Zipp’s hookless offering, which has garnered plenty of unwanted attention in recent months.

That was driven by pictures of Thomas De Gendt’s bike after he crashed at the UAE Tour, showing that his front tyre had completely detached from the rim. It led to a bit of controversy, with CPA president Adam Hansen criticising hookless systems, although Zipp and Vittoria have both dismissed this, pointing the finger of blame at a rock that the wheel impacted.

Either way, there shouldn’t be any issues with the fitment of the new tyres, with their sizings optimised for Zipp’s hookless rims.

The tyres are optimised in multiple other ways too.

"Tread cap coverage is designed in such a way as to ensure optimal and increased contact patch with the road surface," Goodyear says. "The tread cap extends across the entire contact zone, while casing and construction are designed to hug the contours of the road surface."

New Goodyear x Zipp Vector range

All of the tyres use Goodyear’s Dynamic:UHP compound, a familiar feature that can be found on other road tyres in its range. This compound lowers rolling resistance and improves grip, it says.

The Vector R Z30 NSW uses 150 TPI casing and is available only in a 30mm width, while its claimed 280g weight is a clear sign of its climbing purpose.

A 120 TPI casing is used on the R Z30 SW and R Z35 SW tyres. The only difference between these is their sizes - rather than have multiple sizes for one tyre, Goodyear has given them different names. The R Z30 SW is the smaller of the pair, coming in at 30mm wide and weighing 325g, while the R Z35 SW is 35mm wide and a little heavier at 365g.

Explore the full range of Vector tyres on Goodyear’s website.

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