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2016 Zipp 808 Firecrest Tubular Front Wheel

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2016 Zipp 808 Firecrest Tubular Front Wheel

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The Zipp 808 Firecrest is a super-fast wheel. The Tubular version is even faster. It’s lighter, 1700g for the set, and the tubular rim bed makes it stronger than the clincher. The tire choices provide you with more options to further your speed.

The 808 can stand alone, it’s going to speed you up regardless of whether it’s a front or rear. That written, triathletes and time trialists often pair an 808 front to a disc rear. And those who are concerned about crosswinds pushing them about, pair a shallower front, like a 404, with an 808 rear. The 808 front can also double as a track wheel, with the skewer replaced.

The wheels are saving you energy every pedal stroke. The shape is fast, and with the 77/177 hub set, the wheels have gotten laterally stiffer as well as roll more easily.

The pre-load adjustment of the older 88/188 set is gone, simplifying things, as well as designing in lower lateral loading so the bearings roll more smoothly. The front flanges are taller, wider, and holds the spoke in a stronger position. The rear flanges are arranged in a star pattern, allowing for better bracing angles and yielding a strong cross-two pattern and higher tensions, also thanks to Sapim CX-Sprint spokes, meaning the wheels will barely deflect under the highest-torque loads.

For rear wheels, Zipp offers both a Campagnolo-compatible, and Shimano/SRAM-compatible cassette body. The latter comes with a spacer for 8/9/10-speed cassettes. In both cases, the 177 hub body allows you to install a SRAM XD-cassette body for super-wide range gearing-there can be a single climb that you’ll need lower gears for to fully take advantage of your aero edge on the rest of the course.

The wheel is also a great time trial and crit setup. The wheels are light, and, the Firecrest shaping makes this 82mm deep rim faster than disc wheels in certain wind conditions. The plus is that they ride better and are much easier to handle in crosswinds. The wider body cradles the tubular tires better, more gluing surface, more supported weight, so it's both harder to roll the tire, and they have less rolling resistance on the road.

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.

The wheels are delivered with quick release skewer and brake pads. Zipp strongly recommends use of their pads on their rims and warns against using carbon-specific pads on aluminum rims.

The Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Tubular is a precision-honed knife.

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