History

2014

  • Release new V9 11 speed rear 188 hub with larger non-drive flange, virtual 3x cross lacing on drive and non-drive and wider 61903 hub bearings. Spoke count moves to 18/24 across the wheel line with die cut black or white matte decals without the reverse color outline. (September 2013)
  • New drop bar shapes are launched for Service Course aluminum bars, product names changed to reflect reach (70, 80, 88). Service Course SL bars have 7050 and Service Course bars 6061 alloys. Drop changes give increased ergonomics in both drops and hood positions based on Pro team and fitter feedback. A new stem SL Sprint with revised faceplate design ships in October 2013.
  • In February 2014 we upgraded the black, front 18 hole, 88 V7 hub to V9. Spoke retention rings were removed, spoke slots made deeper and the hub flanges thickened for more durability. This was an in-line change with no alteration to part number, price, spoke length or function.
  • New aero accessories are launched in mid-March. BTA alumina (Between The Arms) - a horizontally mounted bottle holder with integrated Quickview computer mount. A compatible all uni-carbon bottle cage is sold as a separate item. A new black Silca disc valve adapter with adjustable chuck ships with discs during March. Zipp launches the SL-70 Aero - a new uni-carbon aero drop bar with redesigned drop geometry in March 2014. This replaces the older, popular VukaSprint, improves the aero, internal routing, has a more ergonomic ramp angle and drop design. Available in 38-44cm C-C.
  • July 2014 - Firestrike 404 carbon clincher is launched with improved wet surface braking and air flow dimple technology, 34% more stable in cross-winds and lower weight than Firecrest, new resin and carbon lay-up increases impact resistance, V10 88/188 hubs without lateral adjustment, ships with ceramic bearings and a refined wider tire bed rim shape. Launched the 202 carbon clincher disc brake version, using same hub technology as the 303, after receiving strong customer requests.

2013

  • Upgraded 11 speed compatible rear 188 (V8) hub with thicker axle, new free hub and different black end cap without an “O” ring. This improvement builds a marginally stiffer rear wheel, slightly increases the drop to drop width and will be only available in a black color. We offer an upgrade service for 2012 (V7) gray and black hubs that will swap out axle, free hub and end cap, including a wheel re-dish, to accommodate 11 (and 10 speed with a spacer) drive chains (October 2012).
  • Introduce the 1375g, Zipp 202 Firecrest carbon clincher, the ultimate climbing and road racing wheel at 32mm deep. Improved aerodynamics and cross-wind handling properties make this an ideal choice for riders that want to easily match tires to pavement conditions (October 2012).
  • Launch the new carbon clincher Super-9 disc – the fastest wheel yet! The first all carbon disc in the market. At 1175g, this wheel is 27.5mm wide and almost flat with sloping brake tracks to improve aerodynamics. Available in road or track version with 11 speed compatibility (November 2012).
  • New wheel and disc decals are offered starting in October 2012 in black or white with reverse black or white outline. We have increased the decal size by dropping the lower “Speed Weaponry” banner to give a cleaner look. The circular disc valve covers are redesigned to accentuate the carbon clincher, add a red accent and given a “Darth Vader” helmet like shape.
  • January - 2013. New 11 speed black 188 disc hub replaces the silver 182 and 188 versions on 900 / Sub9 and Super-9 discs. Different flanges are used on the 900 / Sub9 and Super-9 discs but retain the same internals and bearings. Tangente Evo Pro brake pads, designed for carbon braking surfaces, have a modified shape to increase air flow, improve water dispersal are 1mm thinner with 10% increase in surface area for longer wear. These new pads run 12 degrees cooler than others tested in our lab. Shimano pads released in November 2012 and Campy in January 2013.
  • March 2013 - Ship new 404 650c Firecrest carbon clincher wheel set - the fastest wheel for smaller riders in the market. Zipp 30 - a 30mm deep aluminum clincher with wider (20.4mm) parallel brake tracks and a new hub. This wheel set is at the lowest price point and designed for entry level racing or training. Zipp 60 - a 58mm deep dimpled hybrid aluminum / carbon clincher with similar hubs to the Zipp 30, provides an entry level price point for a fully structural carbon wheel. Vuka Stealth - a fully integrated, UCI compliant, 42cm (o-o), carbon, aerobar, designed to offer maximum fit options with an integrated stem in 3 lengths. The Vuka Stealth uses Vuka Alumina risers and wing pad extensions to give a total of 1920 fit possibilities.
  • July 2013 we shipped the Zipp 303 disc brake wheel set. Available in tubular or clincher versions with either white or black decals. This wheelset has 24/24 spokes, new black disc brake hubs with no sand-blasting on the brake track. The spoke angle is different from regular road wheels to accommodate the rotors.
  • November 2013 the Super-9 clincher Impress limited edition disc ships. This is the first product with images printed directly on the carbon surface giving unlimited future flexibility and reducing weight.
  • Manufacture and sale of the aluminum Zipp 101 wheel set, with distinctive aero sloping brake tracks, is halted in early November. This all-round wheel set is replaced by the popular 30mm deep Zipp 30 at a lower price-point with different hubs and bearings.

2012

  • Re-design (V7) and improve the current 88/188 hubs with canted, rear, non-drive flange, axle change, 7.5mm wider non-drive bearing location and two color options - falcon gray and beyond black. Offer these color choices across the wheel line, with matching spoke and nipple colors. The Al Zipp 101 is only available in "beyond black". (October 2011)
  • Launch new 303 Firecrest tubular and 303 Firecrest carbon clincher with 2-3 watt improvement over our previous (V4) 303 tubular design. (October 2011)
  • Introduce the Service Course CSL handlebar, an aluminum black Al road drop bar with oval bar top and new SSR (short shallow reach) drop style. Add a Zipp all carbon SL Speed seat post in two diameters to the Service Course Al seat post lineup. Offer two decal styles (white and stealth black) across the Service Course bar line.(October 2011)
  • MAX and CX wheel sets are withdrawn while rider weight limits are increased to 250 lbs for the 404 and 808 Firecrest models to reflect the greater durability and stiffness of these new wheel lines. The 303 Al clincher wheel set is dropped in favor of new 303 carbon clincher (October 2011).
  • New silver Platinum Pro brake pads are released for carbon braking surfaces only. These pads stop far better than cork in the wet and give improved wear life. (October 2011). Beyond black decals, new valve extenders with a removeable core and a butly inner tube are made available for after-market purchase in November 2011.
  • April 2012 - announced (for June shipment) light weight Vuka Alumina series, basebar 250g, redesigned alumina Vuka clip in above or below bar options, Vuka Al race and ski-tip extensions. 4 new Vuka all carbon extensions with 22.2mm diameter are also released.
  • July 2012 – 404 and 808 aluminum / carbon hybrid clinchers, 900 clincher and 900 tubular hand-cycle discs, 840 tubular track and Campy road disc versions were discontinued. Aluminum clincher product is halted at Indianapolis to concentrate on all carbon wheels and disc production is rationalized to focus on core products. Zipp’s SCADA system for manufacturing process control reaches a milestone vastly improving data collection and product query possibilities.

Download the 2012 catalog

2011

  • 1080 AL clincher wheel set withdrawn in January - replaced be the faster and way lighter 808 carbon clincher. Redesigned red Firecrest and other valve hole decals introduced in April. The new 303 Firecrest carbon clinchers and tubular wheels are launched in October along with hub and color changes.
  • Older toroidal rim shapes are discontinued along with all MAX and CX wheel sets as the Firecrest wheels are now stiffer, stronger and more durable. Rider weight limits are increased. New silver Platinum Pro brake pads released for all carbon braking surfaces - perform better in the wet and wear longer.
  • Rear 188 hub improved and customers given a choice of gray or black color styles. The silver hubs are discontinued and ZedTech custom wheels dropped for 2012.

Download the 2011 Catalog [pdf]

2010

  • Zipp outside reps manage entire SRAM and Zipp product line
  • Move to new facility at 5315 Walt Place, Indianapolis, 5 miles NW of the Speedway factory (September)
  • VukaBrake is discontinued as a product
  • Introduced the Super-9 flat dimpled disc and 188 disc hub. Aero width 27.5mm performs like the Sub9
  • Launch the ergonomic VukaR2C shifter and VukaShift R2C compatible extension
  • Drop Clydesdale sub-brand and rename stronger stiffer 24/24 spoked wheels MAX
  • Release the Zip 101 – first toroidal aluminum wheel 18/20 spokes
  • New cork composite CNC brake pads for all carbon wheels, extends pad life, provides improved modulation
  • Introduce new aero extra light quick releases in Ti (62g) and SS (84g)
  • Announce new aero race kit in partnership with Castelli ©
  • May - launch all carbon clincher with revolutionary "Firecrest" ™ rim shape

Download the 2010 Catalog [pdf]

2009

  • March 2009 - release new 285V4 dimpled rim for 303 tubular with wider tirebed, new tire bed profile, sloping brake tracks and rounded rim edge radius. Aero width increased to 27.5mm.
  • Road hubs change to 88/188 with colored hubcaps, pinch nuts and retaining rings, slotted spokes, 17mm axle, 2 x cross non-drive and radial drives gives improved wheel stiffness, adjustable preload and higher flanges,
  • Lower spoke counts across the wheel range, new toroidal rim shapes for 404 and 808 tubular rims and improved dimple patterns for 404 tubular and clinchers,
  • Revert to external nipples for 202 and 1080 wheels.
  • Custom ZedTech decals, multiple hub cap and hub nut colors, option to purchase Sram red cassette.
  • Radical departure in catalog look and new web site.
  • The VukaChrono a revolutionary TT crank with integrated chain rings and the Sram compatible VukaShift are introduced.
  • Flash-points get new stickers and a web site work-over.
  • Zipp makes the Sram S40, S60 and S80 carbon wheels.

Download the 2009 Catalog [pdf]

2008

  • Carbon Bridge™ technology that reduces impact damge and results in greater tubular wheel stiffness increases robustness of all-carbon wheel lines.
  • 202 wheel set is redesigned, now 32mm deep, black more aerodynamic and the same weight as before.
  • Extra deep 108mm wheel with super torroidal shape introduced along with a bulge disc that measured negative drag in the wind tunnel.
  • Vuma compact crank with 30mm spindle that weighs 560g and has 110mm bolt circle is shipping and stiffer than other comparative products.
  • Flash-Point wheels get new custom 4mm bladed spokes, KT custom hubs, 650c FP60 and all new 82mm PF80 added to the wheel range.
  • Integrated all carbon shiftboss and very light carbon brake lever are added to the bar line.
  • Decals change to white and silver and Zipp wheels move to internal nipples to reduce weight and spoke count.
  • Road bars get 3 drop options.
  • Vuka brake and VukaShift are introduced.
  • Flash-points get new decals.

Download the 2008 Catalog [pdf]

2007

  • New 606 track set, 808 track wheel with 20/24 hubs and 343 wheel set (303 + 404) introduced after testing by proteams
  • ZedTech custom wheel program launched with laminate choices, dimpled hubs, colored decals and nipple options, wireless Powertaps introduced and a demo program to give customers a chance to experience Zipp wheels gets underway.
  • SRAM acquires Zipp on 11/06/07.

Download the 2007 Catalog [pdf]

2006

  • Flashpoint brand launched
  • Traditional flanged hubs (108/208) are redesigned and made lighter by 60 grams per set
  • 300 crank set becomes available
  • High quality gear and wheel bags gain market attention
  • New laminate structure reduces impact damage across all carbon wheels
  • Wear marks included on clinchers and brake track tolerances tightened for superior braking
  • VukaAero, VukaClip and SLC2 bars launched.
  • Zipp 999s dominate in the world TT at Salzburg, Austria. Team CSC comes 1,2,4 and the winning lady is also riding 999s
  • Kona World IM championship, riders on Zipp wheels come 1st and 5th (mens), 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the womens event.

Download the 2006 Catalog [pdf]

2005

  • Zipp introduces 606 wheelset combining 808 rear wheel and 404 front wheel
  • Zipp introduces 44mm deep, dimpled 303 wheel with hybrid-toroidal rim shape resulting in superior aerodynamics to 404 wheels sold prior to 2001
  • Dave Zabriskie sets fastest TT in Tour History on 999 wheelset (54.676 kph)
  • New hub design (82 / 182) is 38gm lighter and colored cassette bodies distinguish Campagnolo (blue) and Shimano (red) hubs
  • 31.8 contour bar introduced along with the 145 full carbon stem
  • Zipp SL Handlebar launches as world’s lightest production bar at 164 grams
  • Improved track disc and track hub systems released.

Download the 2005 Catalog [pdf]

2004

  • Zipp signs Phonak team
  • Zipp introduces the featherweight 202 wheelset
  • Ivan Basso takes 3rd place in Tour de France
  • Zipp Develops Rim Tool dimpling technology leading to 808 and later dimpled 404 rims
  • Olympic gold and bronze are won in the time trial on prototype 999 sets.

Download the 2004 Catalog [pdf]

2003

  • Zipp signs CSC team
  • Dimpled disc wheel introduced
  • Z4 wheelset introduced
  • Tyler Hamilton wins Liege Bastogne Liege and Tour of Romandie on Z3/Z4 wheels
  • CSC wins two tour stages and overall team classification Tour de France
  • Ceramic bearings become available as an aftermarket upgrade
  • 95/220 Traditional Flanged hubset developed
  • Zipp wins men’s and women’s Ironman Hawaii.

Download the 2003 Catalog [pdf]

2002

  • VCLC technology developed reducing shock and road vibration by 10%
  • Z3 wheels introduced as the result of a no holds barred approach to ultimate wheel design
  • Track specific 360 rim and 404 wheelset introduced
  • 84/202 hubset developed.

Download the 2002 Catalog [pdf]

2001

  • M2CM process allows for the first structural carbon rim with machined alum. brake track
  • Zipp develops ICT technology reducing rim weight by 25%
  • Rim manufacturing system is completely reinvented.

Download the 2001 Catalog [pdf]

2000

  • Zipp signs with team Lotto-Adecco
  • Jacky Durand wins numerous Tour De France Stages
  • Zipp sign’s autotrader.com road racing team.

Download the 2000 Catalog [pdf]

1999

  • 101, 303, 404 and 909 wheel set terminology introduced.
  • 909 wheelset released
  • Zipp relocates to dedicated climate controlled manufacturing facility
  • Tapered cranks discontinued to focus on Shimano spline compatibility
  • Clincher rim bonding method is re-engineered
  • All MTB products discontinued to focus on road product line
  • Crank production ends at the end of 1999.

1998

  • Zipp introduces wheelset program for first time with ZR1, ZR, ZV and ZV1
  • MTB compact drive crankset becomes available
  • 2 carbon crank models offered one for splined bottom brackets, the other for tapered
  • UCI makes ruling stating that as of 1-1-00, 2001 and 3001 frames no longer legal.

Download the 1998 Catalog [pdf]

1997

  • 515 MTB rim is released
  • Discs get lighter and are compatible with Campy and Shimano
  • 3001 limited edition frameset becomes available
  • Frame production is discontinued at the end of 1997.

Download the 1997 Catalog [pdf]

1996

  • French pro team Forcesud is signed
  • Richard Veranque of team Festina is signed
  • Zipp unveils the 3001 frameset
  • Front discs become available.

Download the 1996 Catalog [pdf]
Download the 1995-1996 Innovations Catalog [pdf]

1995

  • Zipp 340 rim introduced
  • Zipp 217 hub introduced, is lightest hub on market
  • 1150 disc and 3000 wheelset discontinued
  • 950 disc takes place of 1150
  • 530 rim begins development
  • Zipp wins Ironman Hawaii for the 4th time
  • 4 world championship medals are won on Zipp Wheels.

Download the 1995-1996 Innovations Catalog [pdf]

1994

  • Zipp designs unique carbon center-pull brake for use on 2001 frame
  • Zipp wins World ITU championship again
  • 2001 coring system revamped to eliminate 200g in frame weight
  • Zipp 145 MTB hub is released
  • Zipp wins World Triathlon Championships.

Download the 1994 Catalog [pdf]

1993

  • 2001 frame completely redesigned around new interactive suspension system
  • Track version of frame first offered
  • Zipp starts relationship with L.A. Sheriffs/Chevrolet team
  • First Zipp hub offered
  • 3000 wheelset offered with track axle
  • Zipp wins ITU Championship series.

Download the 1993 Catalog [pdf]

1992

  • 440 wheelset goes into production
  • 2001 frame goes into production released mid-year
  • Zipp hub design is begun
  • Zipp wins top 9 spots in the National Time Trial
  • Zipp signs Team Shaklee, Kent Bostick and Rebecca Twigg
  • 870 (26”) disc is released.

Download the 1992 Catalog [pdf]

1991

  • Zipp 400 wheelset goes into production
  • 2001 frame design finalized for all size combinations
  • 3000 wheelset and disc available in 11 colors
  • Design and build first vertical rim molding press
  • Zipp wins World Track Championship for the first time.

Download the 1991 Catalog [pdf]

1990

  • First prototype Zipp 440 deep section rim is shown
  • First prototype Zipp 2001 frameset is shown
  • Double sided disc hub (for road and track use) designed
  • Zipp wins Hawaii Ironman for the first time

Download the 1990 Catalog [pdf]

1989

  • Original Zipp 3000 three-spoke wheel released
  • Available in 4 colors.

Download the 1989 Catalog [pdf]

1988

  • March, Compositech is founded, Zipp trademark is registered
  • First discs are manufactured at 1150g and 1350g with 7 spd freewheel only
  • Discs available in 4 colors.

Download the 1988 Catalog [pdf]