Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Front Wheel 2017
You will have seen Zipp 808s winning road races, triathlons and time trials around the world, being used by amateurs and professionals. However, to understand just how good the latest Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Front Wheel 2017 really is you have to ride a set.
What will instantly grab your attention, is how stable and controlled they feel for such a deep wheel. This is thanks to the depth into which Zipp tested and researched this wheel using a plethora of minutely varied prototypes, computational fluid dynamics and the wind tunnel. It has all been worthwhile though to produce the fastest deep-section carbon clincher in the world.
The revolutionary Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control (ABLC™) dimples are here to stay thanks to their ability to smooth airflow over the rim surface. What is new though, is the increase in quantity to four times the number of dimples originally seen. This ensures that stability in all wind directions that make these the perfect choice for non-disc-legal courses like Kona.
Do not store these away on hillier days though as the front wheel tips the scales at 885 grams, hardly a penalty, especially when you consider the advantage you will be getting elsewhere. Additionally, the heat resistant resin used on the braking track is exclusive to Zipp and dissipates heat so well that Zipp's carbon clinchers have never suffered a heat-related failure, meaning you can descend in confidence.
Somehow, Zipp has managed to find areas for improvements in this superb wheel, such as the upgrade for this year to the 77 hub. Handily, this removes the need for maintenance, which none of us really have time for or want to be doing! Additionally, this solidifies their industry leading durability thanks to the improved bearing protection. Keeping things even simpler is the fact that no pre-load adjustment is required. Another benefit of the hubs is the flange geometry and spoke hole attachment pattern, which provides the perfect levels of torsional and lateral stiffness and robustness.
- Front wheel
- Rim depth: 82mm
- Brake Track Width (centre): 24.73mm
- Max Width: 27.5mm
- Spokes: Sapim® CX-Sprint
- Spoke Count: 18
- Spoke Pattern: Radial
- Spoke Length: 226mm
- Nipples: Sapim® (external)
- Stiff, lightweight and aerodynamic
- Hub: maintenance-free 77
- No-preload adjustment needed
- Wider and more ergonomic quick release
- Resins from motorsport for the braking surface
- Includes: front wheel, Tangente Platinum Pro Evo brake pads, Zipp Integrated Valve Extender with valve core wrench, rim tape and quick release skewer
- Weight: 855g
PRODUCT REF: 485041
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