ALL KINDS OF FAST
The Zipp 808 changed perceptions about deep-section wheels. At first, its 82
mm-deep profile appeared only in time trials and triathlons. And sure enough,
its early incarnations netted numerous Grand Tour stage wins and Ironman® world
championship at Kona. Still, it didn’t take long before Zipp riders discovered
that the 808’s light weight, responsiveness, and solid handing are ideally
suited to hilly bike legs, criteriums, field sprints and long days off the front
of the peloton.
Now, with the new Firecrest®
rim shape, the Zipp 8080 Firecrest Tubular
Bicycle Wheel has improved in almost every metric. In fact, the Zipp 808
Firecrest Tubular Front Bicycle Wheel is the fastest front wheel Zipp has ever
tested. Its 27.5 mm-wide profile is 15 seconds faster than before over 40 km,
and now equals or exceeds the performance of any 90 mm-deep rim on the market as
well as many discs. At high wind angles, the 808’s aero advantage is even
greater, yet Firecrest also makes the 808 remarkably stable.
Essentially, the 808 Firecrest provides the speed of a much deeper rim with the
handling of a much shallower one. On windy non-disc-legal course like Kona, that
counts for a lot. And in Firecrest’s first crack at elite-level competition,
Chris “Macca” McCormack rode it to a win on the Big Island in 2010.
With its wider profile, the latest 808 Firecrest Tubular also shows improved
lateral stiffness for efficient power transfer and crisp acceleration, yet
offers greater comfort and impact resistance than its predecessor. For the 2013
model year, this Zipp 808 Firecrest Tubular Front Bicycle Wheel comes with
stealthy Beyond Black decals and features black anodized hubs, black spokes and
The 808 Firecrest Front also features the updated 88 hubs, 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 reliability.
Pro triathletes like Macca build their seasons around a few crucial events where
aerodynamics is everything. Pro cyclists on teams such as Omega Pharma -
Quick-Step, Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank and Energy TWENTY12 log scores of race
days every year with huge variations in weather, terrain and tactics.
No matter what approach you take, the Zipp 808 Tubular with Firecrest technology
provides top-shelf aerodynamics with a remarkable versatility to take on
whatever challenge you’re facing.
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
- Carbon Bridge uses a Kevlar® thread in a co-axial helix stitch to bind sheets
of carbon to each other in Zipp’s tubular rims. Because Kevlar is 350% more
impact resistant than carbon, it can disperse shock more evenly throughout the
carbon laminate, making for a rim that is practically bulletproof. In
particular, Carbon Bridge reduces the vulnerability of the rim's tire bed, the
area most susceptible to damage from impact.
88/188 Hub Technology -
Every aspect of Zipp’s 88 and 188 hubs sets a new benchmark. The standard steel
bearings are the roundest in the industry. The 17mm axle is the stiffest of any
road hub they've tested. The wire EDM-cut hub internals are the most precise.
The SHIFT spoke hole technology is the most durable. When it comes to precision
and performance, there's really no comparison.
Brake Track Width (center) – 26.04mm
Max Width –
Zipp wheels for model year 2013 are compatible with cassettes of up to 11-speed
to work with all modern drivetrains.