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Reviews Zipp 808 Firecrest

Zipp 808 Firecrest

Pricey but if you want something special for race day, don’t look any further

There’s no disputing the pedigree of these wheels and, with Pete Jacobs piloting a set to his 2012 Kona victory, they clearly perform at the highest level.

With the 808 Firecrests, the most obvious feature is the chunky 27.5mm width, which doesn’t dramatically taper down towards the spoke bed. In extensive tunnel testing, this ticks the three boxes of aerodynamics, stability and strength.

There’s undoubtedly a placebo effect to riding Zipps. You know the data, you know the wins they’ve accumulated and that confidence boost makes you ride fast.

Rider psychology aside, though, they’re blisteringly quick themselves. In the very toughest conditions of our test period, they still posted some of the fastest splits.

You can feel and hear them working for you, their 1,565g weight accelerates effortlessly and their handling in adverse wind conditions is 100% confidence-inspiring.

Contact : www.zipp.com

Profile image of Matt Baird Matt Baird Editor of Cycling Plus magazine


Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.

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