With regards to wheel aerodynamics, few platforms benefit from the reputation of Zipp’s 808s. This reputation is the product of results reasonably than marketing hype; it is been vetted on the top tier of endurance athletics for years on end. The usage of only the past two years as a sample size, the 808 Firecrests were ridden to Kona glory by Kienle in 2014, and the all-new 808 NSW Carbon Clincher Road Wheel helped propel Frodeno to the similar title in 2015. Even as it is tempting to refer to those as successive or repeat wins for a similar wheel model, the 808 Firecrest doesn’t truly hold a candle to the 808 NSW’s rising star. Improved aerodynamics, a re-engineered brake track, and a ground-up revision of the lay-up schedule all give a contribution to a faster, safer, and lighter platform than the person who Kienle rode just two years ago. Given the world championship success of the previous 808 platform — to not mention our own experiences on them — we admit to being a bit of surprised by Zipp’s decision to completely overhaul it; but that is exactly what the NSW model is: an overhaul of an already revolutionary design. As alluded to above, the rim’s braking and aerodynamics have both seen improvements and not using a sacrifice to durability, and the NSW 808’s refined carbon lay-up earns the set a claimed weight that is 75g lighter than the 808 Firecrest clincher. In spite of the advancements to rim, which is the component to the wheel that Zipp’s tag line of “Speed Weaponry” is normally associated with, we’re in truth most desirous about the Cognition hub. Blasphemy, we all know, however the Cognition makes a strong case for itself. We would even go up to now to suggest that the NSW’s Cognition rear hub is also essentially the most exciting innovation we’ve got seen in factory wheels since Zipp first introduced its bulging sidewalls. The hub owes its sleek look to Zipp’s Axial Snatch freewheel design, which features two Metal Injection Molding (MIM) ratcheting rings — one mated to the freehub body and one mated to the hub body. The two ring..
Rim Material: carbon fiber
Wheel Size: 700 c
Tire Type: clincher
Rim Depth: 82 mm
Rim Width: [internal] 17.25 mm, [external, max] 27.8 mm