The 808 NSW Carbon Clincher Tubeless wheel's improved aerodynamics, a re-engineered brake track, and a ground-up revision of the lay-up schedule all contribute to a faster, safer, and lighter platform than the one that Kienle rode just two years ago. Not to mention, this tubeless road wheel allows you to run tubeless or traditional clinchers, which offers benefits like superior flat protection, the ability to run lower pressures, and a smoother ride with high cornering grip and low rolling resistance. The wheel also features a wider 19mm internal rim width and corresponding outer rim shape for aerodynamic optimization with 25mm tires. Given the world championship success of the previous 808 platform--not to mention our own experiences on them--we admit to being a bit surprised by Zipp's decision to completely overhaul it; but that's 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 with no sacrifice to durability, and the NSW 808's refined carbon lay-up earns the set a claimed weight that's substantially lighter than the 808 Firecrest clincher. Despite the advancements to rim, which is the element of the wheel that Zipp's tag line of "Speed Weaponry" is typically associated with, we're actually most excited about the Cognition hub. Blasphemy, we know, but the Cognition makes a strong case for itself. We'd even go so far to suggest that the NSW's Cognition rear hub may be the most exciting innovation we've seen in factory wheels since Zipp first introduced its bulging sidewalls. The hub owes its sleek look to Zipp's Axial Clutch 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 rings are machined like a ratchet, so they ramp off of each other while freewheeling but engage each other during pedal input. Compared to a standard pawl design, which ac...
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