Decal Timeline

Decal changes are an important way to identify the year of manufacture.

Use this pictorial guide as a way to find the approximate year of manufacture. Please note decal changes were often made in-line and may not always follow model or calendar years. If a wheel is rebuilt on a new hub or a rim is replaced, it may have the latest decals.

Zipp has placed decals on both the rim and the hub. These changes were not always fully synchronized.

Decal colors may become faded and change with exposure to ultra violet (UV) light. Where our decals were molded in, they sometimes turned a dirty yellow due to resin discoloration from UV.

1988

Predator disc in black


1990

Zipp 3000 came with different lettering or no lettering on the hub flanges. The logo colors varied with the color of the painted wheel and were adhesive.Placement of the 3000 was sometimes below the "Zipp" with a single decal on one tri-spoke per side.


1991

The Zipp 400 decals were molded in, two per side at 3 and 9 o'clock. They tended to fade rather quickly and change from a bright green to light greenish-yellow.


1992

The Zipp 440 was a 700c carbon rim. These decals presented the same issues as the 400's, bad fading and dyed resin flowing over the top.


1993

Decals molded in with 440 rim type at 3 and 9 o'clock positions. Bight green fading to yellow or yellowish / green.


1995

Red fade decal on rims


1996

Pure white letters on black background


1997

The Zipp introduces 700c clinchers (530 & 500) for the first time into the Zipp line. All white decal on black background which was molded in. Decal placement remained the same, i.e. 3 & 9 o'clock two per side. Smaller decals were placed at 12 and 6 o'clock below the valve hole.


1998

Wheel sets introduced  ZR1, ZR, ZV, ZV1


1999

New silver oval with red Zipp surrounded by swoop


2000

An oval red on silver theme.


2001

New decals white Zipp, yellow 'Speed Weaponry', red background. ICT VcLc, M2CM. Hubs have white USA etched into center of body.


2002

Z3 grey / silver die cut decals, small silver and red background Z3, Si3N4,  Made in Speedway IN small Sapim rectangle,


2003

Wrap around 'holographic' hub decal , Clydesdale


2004

Z2, Zipp202


2005

New style logo introduced, valve hole wheel set decals and die cut silver hub decals.


2007

End May 2007, 404 valve hole decals changed to the 'rainbow' colors. Custom ZedTech decal color choices (red, gold, black, gray).


2008

         

The rim and wheel decal color changed from white and red to white with silver. The 808/1080/disc decal increased slightly in size and was redrafted so a single size could fit across these three products. We introduced royal blue, pink and light blue ZedTech decals and a generic SpeedShop valve hole decal. 202 and 1080 rims were embossed with the oval "Z" below the valve hole and included "Hand made in Speedway Indiana" immediately below the valve hole.

2009

    

Changed to disc valve hole decal to the oval "Z". Handle bars, headset spacers and stems changed in-line during 2008 to white and silver with Oval "Z". 303, 404 and 808 rims were embossed with Oval Z and "Handmade in Speedway,USA" at the valve hole. Retained the 2008 white and silver look and rainbow valve hole decals for rims, wheels and discs. Introduced separate decals for OEM wheels in various combinations.

Valve hole decals 2008-2011

2008-September 2010

    

The speedshop decals were discontinued in September 2008 while the UCI worlds (rainbow stripes) continued to September 2010 when they were replaced by the b/w valve hole decals.


    

From October 2010 to mid-April 2011 black and white valve hole decals were used on all non-firecrest wheels.


    

New valve hole decals were introduced to distinguish the all carbon 404 and 808 clinchers from the Al clinchers in June 2010 and December 2010.


    

In mid-April 2011 the red Firecrest valve hole decals were introduced (an in-line change) to draw attention to our new rim shape for tubulars and all carbon clinchers. Note the distinctive Firecrest logo on the right hand side


    

Aluminum clincher decals were then also changed in mid-April 2011 with "USA" and the "Z" on the right hand side

2011

    

In October, “Beyond Black” decals are offered as an additional option on wheels and discs and may be purchased as an after-market decal kit. For the first time, Zipp has two main decal options: beyond black and 2008 - white/silver/black to choose from without getting a custom wheel set.


2012

    

In October 2012, we changed the wheel and disc decals, dropping the lower “Speed Weaponry” silver banner and increasing the size of the “Zipp” portion. The overall decal sizes remain the same. 2013 decals now have a cover slip that needs to be removed after the decal is positioned. Valve hole decals remain unchanged except for the discs valve cover patches, these now have a “Darth Vader” shape and red highlight. A choice of white or black Zipp decals is available across the line.