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Zipp Geschiedenis

Zipp’s beginnings in the bicycle industry were somewhat coincidental. After leaving Australia to study further in England, Leigh Sargent (Zipp’s founder) spent two years subsequent to graduation working for the Williams Formula 1 race team. His responsibility there centered on aerodynamic testing and advanced composite construction techniques. Moving to the USA in the early 80’s, Leigh was heavily involved in Indy car aerodynamic design and modification. His background in composites attracted the attention of a company interested in producing a (graphite) racing wheelchair. Although this project never did come to fruition, the meeting took place at a bicycle show. While he was there, he cruised the aisles and noticed that the only disc wheels on the market were not very laterally stiff nor where they light. After returning to the workshop, he began right away on prototypes and was at the next bicycle show with them on display. Due partly to a rather unorthodox demonstration technique (standing on and rocking back and forth on the disc) and a great product, the reaction from dealers was encouraging enough that he got into the disc business the following year! Since these rather inauspicious beginnings, Zipp has remained dedicated to developing and improving their technologies in a continuing drive to constantly redefine the industry’s leading edge.


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Zipp signs CSC team
  • Dimpled disc wheel introduced
  • Z4 wheelset introduced
  • Z9 wheelset introduced
  • Ceramic bearings become available as an aftermarket upgrade
  • 95/220 hubset developed
  • Zipp wins men’s and women’s Ironman Hawaii


  • Zipp signs Phonak team
  • Zipp introduces the featherweight 202 wheelset
  • Ivan Basso takes 3rd place in Tour de France
  • Zipp works on dimpling of rims for 404 and newly developed 808
  • Olympic gold and bronze are won in the time trial on prototype 999 sets