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2015 Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Rear Wheel

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2015 Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Rear Wheel

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When you're looking for a worry-free deep-dish triathlon wheel set, one you can ride anywhere without fear, or are in need of serious speed on the flats, it's hard to go wrong with the Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher.
The 82mm depth and toroidal shape, bulging out to 27.5mm at the widest point is almost as fast as a disc wheel in some conditions, and actually faster than others. The wheel is so fast that it caused Zipp to drop the 1080 from their lineup. The big differences are that they're lighter and behave much better in crosswinds. Lighter is great for any acceleration and any time the road tilts up, and easy handling is crosswinds comes in handy every ride.
Your ability to handle crosswinds is probably one of the biggest factors in choosing a rim depth. The great thing about the 808s is they handle like much shallower wheels. The firecrest shape is the secret. The blunt end and flattish profile not only reduce low pressure zones on the leeward side of the wheels, but through smart tuning, Zipp was able to move the focal point back, so that steering would be easier—which means less attention needs to be paid to riding fast and less arm strength needs to be used to hold the wheels in the direction you want them to go.
This year, Zipp redesigned their 188 rear hub. Taller flanges, larger bearings, the left flange moved out a bit. They also changed the spoke pattern to 24 cross-two. The net change is lateral stiffness that is 25% greater than the competition's deep dish wheel,   For you, this means the wheel drives harder, rides straighter when out of the saddle, and carves turns better.
The wheels are delivered with quick release skewers, brake pads, rim strips,  valve extenders, and Zipp Tangente butyl road inner tubes. Remember to use only carbon-specific pads with your carbon rims, and never run them with aluminum rims. Zipp has taken innovation in their system to a new level with these tubes, which feature an aluminum, rather than brass, valve core. Lighter, better machined, and possessing a removable valve core. It also improves the balance of the spinning wheel. The wheels are not designed for compatibility with tubeless systems.
The Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher rockets you through time trials and flat road races.

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