ALL KINDS OF FAST
To achieve maximum performance with every Zipp wheelset, Zipp’s engineers create
uniquely tuned rim profiles for every combination of rim depth and tire style.
So the process of developing the Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Bicycle
Wheel was much more complex than merely adding clincher sidewalls to the 808
Tubular or increasing the depth of the 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher.
Optimizing the revolutionary Firecrest
aero-rim concept for an 82 mm depth and
the distinct airflow pattern of clincher tires required Zipp to evaluate a slew
of minutely varied prototypes through CFD, or computational fluid dynamics,
software and in the wind tunnel. At 27.5 mm wide, the final version is the
fastest deep-section carbon clincher in the world. Yet, with a weight of only
1,730 g/wheelset, it more than holds its own on the climbs. New for the 2013
model year, this Zipp 8080 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Front Bicycle Wheel comes
in stealthy Beyond Black decals and features black anodized hubs, black spokes
and black nipples. The Zip 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Front Bicycle Wheel
also has the 88 hub, updated last year with a 7.5 mm-wider rear bearing stance,
and a 2-degree cant on the non-driveside flange for increased stiffness and
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 Carbon Clincher
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.
In addition to Firecrest, all Zipp full-Carbon Clinchers feature an exclusive
heat-resistant resin as part of the composite structure. Utilized in the 808
Firecrest Carbon Clincher, this technology prevents spikes in rim temperature
and tire pressure that can impact performance and handling. In fact, heat
dissipation is improved so substantially that ours are the only carbon clinchers
to pass stringent European safety testing without limitations on rider weight or
brake-pad options. So every rider can tackle even the longest, most technical
descents with confidence.
For triathletes and road racers seeking superior aero performance, stable
handling, and the convenience of clinchers, there’s no faster all-around
wheelset than the Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher.
Recommended and approved
These brake pads have been tested and approved by Zipp for use with their
tubular and all carbon clinchers. Failure to comply with these recommendations
could negate your warranty.
Tangente Platinum Pro
Zipp Tangente cork pads
Bontrager cork pads
Zipp carbon/carbon pads
SwissStop yellow pads
With the new Firecrest rim shape in Zipp’s 404 and 808 Tubulars and Carbon
Clinchers, Zipp wheels make a bigger difference in more ways than ever. Not only
is Firecrest more aerodynamic than any other rim design, it improves handling in
crosswinds, wheel strength, and overall ride quality.
Boundary Layer Control) - Advanced Boundary Layer Control (ABLC) refers to
the patented and instantly recognizable dimpled pattern found on most Zipp rims.
ABLC smoothes airflow across the rim's surface and is tailored to every model
from the 202 to the Sub9 disc. 2009 sees the third-generation of ABLC, with up
to 4 times more dimples than before.
Constrained Layer Control) - Visco-Elastic Constrained Layer Control (VCLC)
uses a vibration-absorbing material sandwiched between layers of rigid carbon
laminate in the rim. When the wheel receives an impact from the road, much of
the shock is absorbed by the VCLC system, delivering a 10% reduction in
Brake Track Width (center) – 24.73mm
Max Width -
Clincher Bead Width
Max Tire Pressure
Max Tire Pressure
Zipp wheels for model year 2013 are compatible with cassettes of up to 11-speed
to work with all modern drivetrains.