The story behind Jacobs' winning wheel choice
Pete Jacobs knew the Zipp 808 Firecrest – with its 82 mm rim depth – would be an ultra fast wheel for last weekend’s Ironman® World Championship in Kona.
But he had a lingering question: “Will it be too much to handle in tough crosswinds?”
Jacobs got his answer from fellow Australian Chris “Macca” McCormack. “Macca said the 808 Firecrests were no different in a crosswind than the (more shallow) 404s, so I was confident that it was going to ride well,” Jacobs said. “The crosswinds were never blowing me across the road. I always felt in control. During the race I was thinking, “Wow, these 808s feel great.”
Indeed. Jacobs, riding Zipp 808 Firecrest® Tubulars, looked strong throughout the 112-mile cycling leg. He was second off the bike and went on to capture his first Kona title. Jacobs became the second pro to win the Ironman® World Championship while riding 808 Firecrest wheels. Macca debuted the 808 Firecrest with a Kona victory in 2010.
Jacobs uses the VukaBull with the 40 mm drop because he finds it stretches his wrists less. “It’s all about comfort,” he said, adding: “I run my pads wide… for comfort and to breathe easier so I’m not cramped.”
In Kona, Jacobs also rode a SRAM RED - 2012 drivetrain and used the SRAM RED Quarq power meter.
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