Zipp just announced NSW, a new series of the highest performance and most technologically advanced products to come from their engineers. Nest Speed Weaponry gets its name from The Nest, the high-security advanced Research and Development that Zipp runs in the back of their factory, where all their new ideas are hatched.
The first product in the new series is a new 808 NSW Carbon Clincher that utilizes a new rim shape with improved aerodynamics and a reduced impact from cross winds. It also gets a new hubset with better durability and even less drag. The 82mm deep 808 NSW is designed for triathlons, time trials, and any other race against the clock. Check out the details after the break…
The new Zipp NSW series is a project to design and produce the the fastest and highest performance components ever made, and to get them out to consumers who demand the best. The NSW line will always showcase Zipp’s newest and most innovative ideas at the forefront of their engineering development. The new 808 NSW offers a 3-4 watt savings, over the well-regarded 808 Firecrest which translates to an estimated 90 seconds at 40km/hr over the 180.25km/112 mile Ironman distance. At the same time it reduces cross wind side force by 8-10% vs. the 808 Firecrest.
The new wheels have a new Cognition Hubset that uses what Zipp calls Axial Clutch technology that disengaging the ratcheting pawls inside the hub when coasting to prevent that constant clicking and engaging from adding drag. Then when you pedal again, the hub quickly reengages the pawls.
The rear hub use star-shaped flanges with straight-pull spokes for optimal spoke angles and to reduce the stress impact of the bearings. The front hub gets a scalloped edge design that claims to better maintain the diameter of the bearing seat at very high radial spoke tensions for smoother, faster, long lasting rolling.
The NSW wheels also get printed on graphics that don’t detract from the vortex shedding performance of the wheel dimples. The dimples even get a new design with an ABLC Sawtooth pattern with some solid sounding tech jargon behind them. “The 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.” Only Zipp can talk about dimples like that.
For braking performance Zipp continues to develop their silicon carbide Showstopper brake track for excellent carbon braking power and modulation in any weather.
The new 808 NSW wheels have also already been ridden to two world championship wins. German triathlete Jan Frodeno won the 70.3 World Champs in Austria, while the elite women of Velocio-SRAM Pro Cycling road the wheels to the win in the Team Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond.
Zipp 808 NSW Carbon Clincher details:
• 1810g total (830g front, 980g rear)
• 82mm deep rim by 27.8mm max width, with a 17.25mm internal width and 26.44mm brake track
• 18 front x 24 rear spokes
• Sapim CX-Ray spokes and secure-lock nipple
• new Cognition hubset with Axial Clutch tech (110g front, 225g rear)
• includes ti skewers, Silca valve extenders, wheel bags, brake pads, and a Zipp tube and rim tape
• retail price of $3400/€3000/£2350, with December 2015 availability