The 808 is the fastest wheel in Zipp's lineup short of a full-disc wheel. Being the fastest wheel carries great responsibility and it's necessary that it can to be slowed down quickly and in a controllable manner. Enter the tubeless-ready 808 Firecrest Carbon Disc Brake Road Wheelset. It completely eliminates the questionable braking criticism of carbon race wheels by eliminating the need to brake on carbon. The result is a wheel that we're not afraid to go fast on because we know that scrubbing speed safety is a reality. Of course, the wheels are still aero-first, and ditching the rim brake track means that the aerodynamic benefits of Zipp's Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control (ABLC) dimpling can extend all the way to the edge of the rim. While we can't guarantee anything, extending ABLC might logically be credited with reducing the additional drag caused by disc brakes--though, to be fair, we've seen estimates that it's as low as under 1g of additional drag, so the point may be moot. Regardless of how far they extend, the ABLC dimples remain the foundation of the Zipp empire. The brand credits them with aerodynamic advantages at real-world yaw angles of 10 to 20 degrees, which compares favorably to many competitors whose minimum drag numbers manifest at yaw angles of five to 10 degrees--numbers that rarely occur outside of a wind tunnel. In non-tech terms, this means these wheels should outperform the competition in the conditions you'll actually encounter on the road. While Zipp is mostly known for bestowing free speed through aerodynamics, the disc brakes do something that rim-brake carbon can only dream of: surpass alloy in terms of modulation, responsiveness, and overall stopping power. These qualities are a big deal for climbing wheels, as knowing you can depend on your brakes means you can carry more speed into corners, brake later, and not worry about locking your wheels up when an unexpected obstacle--an off-leash dog at a trailhead, the inevitable sudde...
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