The 808 clincher excels whenever the situation calls for an all-around wheelset with a heavy dose of aero attitude.
Zipp 808 Clincher Wheel is ridden by Jordan Rapp to a win at Ironman Canada 2009. The deep profile and 16/20 front/rear spoke count will s
Strengths: Smooth ride, maintain speed well, and seem durable.
Weaknesses: Braking performance seems sluggish
I bought the 808 wheelset from my local LBS as an upgrade fromt he stock wheelset that came with my bike. And in short they are a dream. They smooth out road irregularities such as expansion joints in the road. They handle crosswinds fairly well although you can feel the bike wander just a tad bit. The wheelset really shines the faster you go; you have the sensation that the wheels are pushing you along and it's easy to maintain your speed once you are going.
I'm putting together a tri bike setup and I have a set of old 404's (clincher). I am thinking about buying an 808 for the rear and I'm torn between getting the tubular version or the clincher version. The tubular version is significantly lighter than the clincher. I'm afraid that I blow that much ... Read More »