The 808 Firecrest Carbon front wheel changed perceptions about deep-section wheels. At first, its 82 mm-deep profile appeared only in time trials and triathlons. And sure enough, its early incarnations netted numerous Grand Tour stage wins and Ironman world championship at Kona. Still, it didn't take long before Zipp riders discovered that the 808's light weight, responsiveness, and solid handing are ideally suited to hilly bike legs, criteriums, field sprints and long days off the front of the peloton.
Now, with the revised Firecrest rim shape, the 808 has improved in almost every metric. In fact, the 808 Firecrest is the fastest rear wheel Zipp has ever tested. Its 27.5 mm max. wide profile (brake track width: 24.73mm) is 15 seconds faster than before over 40km, and now equals or exceeds the performance of many 90mm-deep rims on the market as well as many discs. At high wind angles, the 808's aero advantage is even greater, yet Firecrest also makes the 808 remarkably stable.
Essentially, the 808 Firecrest provides the speed of a much deeper rim with the handling of a much shallower one. On windy non-disc-legal course like Kona, that counts for a lot. And in Firecrest's first crack at elite-level competition, Chris "Macca" McCormack rode it to a win on the Big Island in 2010.
With its wider profile, the latest 808 Firecrest Tubular also shows improved lateral stiffness for efficient power transfer and crisp acceleration, yet offers greater comfort and impact resistance than its predecessor.
At the center of the 808 Firecrest tubular wheelset is Zipp's 77/177 hubset with best-in-class durability and improved bearing protection with no pre-load adjustment needed. The result is improved stiffness, durability, simplicity and versatility:
Optimized flange geometry and spoke hole attachment pattern with Sapim CX Sprint spokes to optimize torsional and lateral stiffness and robustness. Includes newly designed quick-release skewers with a wider more ergonomic handle to provide more leverage for opening and closing. When closed, lever contours neatly with the frame. New robust hub shape with distinctive graphics.
Requires special brake pads for carbon rims!
Recommended and approved brake pads for zipp Carbon wheels:
- Zipp Tangente Platinum Pro Evo Brake Pad
- Zipp Tangente High Performance Cork Brake Pad
- Zipp Tangente Platinum Pro (first version Tangente pad)
- SwissStop® Black Prince pad
- Bontrager cork pads
- Zipp carbon/carbon pads
- SwissStop® yellow pads