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Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Rim Brake Wheelset 2019

  • With an 82mm rim depth the 808 has been proven to be aerodynamically faster than any other
  • AeroBalance™ technology encompasses ABLC SawTooth™ dimples pattern to provide speed & stability
  • ShowStopper™ textured braking surface makes braking more efficient & reliable, even in the wet
  • Hand made in Indianapolis, the 2019 808 edition comes in 55g lighter than its predecessor

RRP £2,321 £2,088.90



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Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Rim Brake Wheelset 2019

Designed to be the fastest in the world. Designed to take you to new heights and beyond even your own expectations. The 808's revised 82mm rim-depth provides not only the necessary speed to get you to the finish line but the stiffness to match it. Zipp has achieved this through their self-titled AeroBalance™ technology which aims to gain the balance between the correct amount of aerodynamic design and overall control of the bike. ShowStopper™ textured braking surface is an innovative technology that boosts stopping power not just in the dry but most importantly in the wet. The 2019 808 pair come in 55 grams lighter than its predecessor whilst also featuring family-owned Swiss steel bearing balls and 77/177 hub set that further improves the wheels overall durability and stiffness. 

Full Specification




Showstopper™ is a complimenting pairing of a directional, moulded-in, texture with silicon carbide particles suspended in the surface resin. 

ABLC™ SawTooth™ Technology  (Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control)

Our new Sawtooth dimple design consists of 12 nodes that are specifically clocked to start aerodynamic shearing at a rate of 50hz at a rider speed of 20mph. Sawtooth accomplishes this by inducing small sheet vortices that shed at a low magnitude, but at a higher natural frequency, thus decreasing the laminar bubble effect on the aerodynamically shielded side of the rim’s profile to further reduce high yaw drag and improve crosswind stability.


With the new proprietary Firecrest rim shape in our 202, 303, 404 and 808 Firecrest wheels, 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 and overall ride quality.

Carbon Clincher

Our superior Carbon Clincher technology is the culmination of two years of intensive prototyping and testing. We worked with our composites supplier to develop an exclusive heat-resistant resin based on the materials used in motorsports brake systems. This proprietary technology improves heat management so substantially that all Zipp Carbon Clinchers pass stringent CEN safety standards. 

VCLC™  (Visco-Elastic 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 vibration. 

Wire EDM

Electron Discharge Machining allows us to cut the materials for our rear hub drive internals after they’ve been hardened through heat treating, negating the warping and imprecision caused by the heat-treating process. 


Steel Bearings

Zipp is the only company specifying Swiss made, highly specialized, ball bearing cartridges. Working with a family owned Swiss bearing manufacturer, Zipp is able to attain a superior level of bearing smoothness and long life. Zipp ball bearings are specified to 10 millionths of an inch tolerance, guaranteeing that they are at least 2.5 times rounder and better matched than most company’s “high precision” balls, and more than five times tighter than most “precision” balls.



Front Wheel Weight - 830g

Rear Wheel Weight - 1000g

Maximum Rider Weight - 115kg / 250lbs


Wheel Sizing 

Rim Depth - 82mm 

Brake Track Width (Center) - 26mm

Internal Width - 17mm  


Spokes Specification

Spokes - Sapim® CX-Ray

Spoke Count Front - 18 

Spoke Count Rear - 24 



11 Speed Compatible? - Yes 

Dimpled Surface - ABLC™ SawTooth™

Nipples - Sapim® Secure-Lock

Tubeless Compatible? - No 

XDR Compatible? - Yes 

Track Adaptable? - No