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808 Firecrest® Tubular

Optimizing wheels to perform with precision and control at the deep depth of the 808 Firecrest® Tubular is pure engineering science. While the 808 Firecrest’s aerodynamics and stability are proven every weekend in road races, triathlons and time trials around the world, understanding how profoundly good these wheels are only comes from riding the wheel that, as a set, has proven faster than any other.

Optimizing the revolutionary Firecrest aero-rim concept for an 82mm depth and the distinct airflow pattern of clincher tires required us to evaluate a slew of minutely varied prototypes through CFD, or computational fluid dynamics, software and in the wind tunnel. At 27.5mm wide, the final version is the fastest deep-section carbon clincher in the world. Yet, with a weight of only 1,700 grams, it more than holds its own on the climbs.

With Firecrest’s unparalleled approach to the wheel’s center of pressure, the 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher also handles crosswinds with the stability you’d normally associate with a much shallower rim – making the 808 Tubular ideal for non-disc-legal courses like Kona. Plus, the wide rim shape provides efficient power transfer along with comfort and durability, making it an excellent choice for just about any terrain and riding style. Triathlon legend Chris “Macca” McCormack saw this advantage early on when the 808 Firecrest Tubular was just being introduced. He opted for Firecrest, and won Kona in 2010. Since, the 808 Firecrest is the go-to wheel choice when aero and stability matter most.

At the center of the 808 Firecrest Tubular 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 platform with distinctive graphics.
  • For those looking for a wider gear range, or tackling especially extreme terrain, an XD driver body for 177 is sold separately and easily installed to allow for more cassette options including a 10-42. The hubset is designed to swap driver bodies without re-dishing the wheel.

Available in two decal options, the stealthy Matte Black or the distinctive Matte White decals. Each 808 Firecrest Tubular wheel comes with Tangente Platinum Pro Evo brake pads, Zipp Integrated Valve Extender with valve-core wrench, and quick release.


MSRP:

Front wheel: $1,050 / €1,100
Rear wheel:  $1,250 / €1,300

Set Weight 1700g
Max recommended rider weight 250lbs
Front Wheel
Weight 770g
Hub Used 77
Rim Depth 82mm
Brake Track Width (center) 26.04mm
Max Width 27.5mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Sprint
Spoke Count 18
Spoke Pattern Radial
Spoke Length 224mm
Max Tire Pressure 125psi
Max Tire Pressure 8.62bars
Track Adaptable No
Dimpled Surface Yes
Nipples Sapim® Secure Lock
External Nipples Yes
Rear Wheel
Weight 930g
Hub Used 177
Rim Depth 82mm
Brake Track Width (center) 26.04mm
Max Width 27.5mm
Nominal Tire Bed Width 18.00mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Sprint
Spoke Count 24
Spoke Length Non-Drive 230mm
Spoke Pattern Non-Drive 2 cross
Spoke Pattern Drive 2 cross
Spoke Length Drive 228mm
Max Tire Pressure 125psi
Max Tire Pressure 8.62bars
11-speed compatible hub Yes
Track Adaptable No
Dimpled Surface Yes
Nipples Sapim® Secure Lock
External Nipples Yes
808 Firecrest ranks No. 1 in test of the best  March 2013 [pdf]

The Zipp 808 Firecrest Tubular got the 220 Triathlon BEST on the Test “Award” in the comparative testing performed by the British magazine.
The 808 Firecrest received a 95 percent rating, the highest of the 10 wheelsets tested.
 
Key quote:
“You can feel and hear them working for you, their 1,565g weight accelerates effortlessly and their handling in adverse wind conditions is 100% confidence-inspiring.”

Click on PDF to read full test review

Tour Milestone Ceremony - 2011  October 2011

Tour magazine article 2011

Tour Magazine Wheel Test  July 2011 [pdf]

Zipp 808 fastest in Germany's Tour Magazine Wheel test.

"Zipp's New Shape"  July 2011

Tri-Magazine.net takes a closer look at the new Firecrest rim shape.  Click here for the full story.

"Zipp Reinvents the Wheel."  February 2011 [pdf]

Cycling Weekly takes a closer look at the new Firecrest platform.

TriSports.com shows us the new 808 Firecrest  October 2010

Tom Demerly from TriSports.com shows us the new 808 Firecrest from Interbike.  Click here for the video.

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