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Optimizing wheels to perform with precision and control at the deep depth of the 808 Firecrest Tubular is pure engineering science. While the 808 Firecrest�s aerodynamics and stability are proven every weekend in road races triathlons and time trials around the world understanding how profoundly good these wheels are only comes from riding the wheel that as a set has proven faster than any other.
Optimizing the revolutionary Firecrest aero-rim concept for an 82mm depth and the distinct airflow pattern of clincher tires required us to evaluate a slew of minutely varied prototypes through CFD or computational fluid dynamics software and in the wind tunnel. At 27.5mm wide the final version is the fastest deep-section carbon clincher in the world. Yet with a weight of only 1 700 grams it more than holds its own on the climbs.
With Firecrest�s unparalleled approach to the wheel�s center of pressure the 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher also handles crosswinds with the stability you�d normally associate with a much shallower rim � making the 808 Tubular ideal for non-disc-legal courses like Kona. Plus the wide rim shape provides efficient power transfer along with comfort and durability making it an excellent choice for just about any terrain and riding style. Triathlon legend Chris �Macca McCormack saw this advantage early on when the 808 Firecrest Tubular was just being introduced. He opted for
- Firecrest and won Kona in 2010. Since the 808 Firecrest is the go-to wheel choice when aero and stability matter most.