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In this special episode of the Zipp Speed Podcast, we take of look at the fascinating century old ties between bicycle racing and motorsports. That linage eventually would lead to the creation of Zipp Speed Weaponry more than 30 years ago, and still plays a role in Zipp’s speed innovations today. SRAM’s home of Chicago also played a central role in popularizing bicycles, as we will see.
Eder Frayre of Mexico is a national champion and Olympian. He’s also a key support rider in L39ION of Los Angeles’ sprint strategy, but he’s also a capable climber with the panache for long solo breakaways. In this episode of the Zipp Speed Podcast, Zipp content manager Dan Lee gets to know Eder, his upbringing in Baja California, and his dramatic journey to last summer’s Tokyo Games. Eder even reveals his first experience with Zipp wheels back when he was 15.
L39ION of LA Chief Mechanic Zack explains what it takes to be a team mechanic, from prepping the bikes to being part of the broader team culture. He also details the changing nature of road cycling tech, including disc brakes, Zipp wheels, and tubeless tires.
Zipp Speed got a lot fast this road season with the addition of L39ION of LA to our roster of professional racing teams. We had the honor of visiting the L39ION team camp in California, where we sat down with team co-founder Cory Williams. Cory talks about the team’s expansion this season, including a much larger women’s squad, as well as the upbeat vibe the team works to cultivate among its riders, fans, and anyone else with a potential interest in cycling.
We take a laser focus on Zipp hubs and how they are an integral part of how Zipp Wheels make you faster. Engineers Joachim Goebel and Martin Kehrer of SRAM’s development center in Schweinfurt, Germany, as well as Zipp Product manager Bastien Donze.
Have you checked out Zipp’s Making You Faster shows on YouTube? Be sure to do so, but only after listening to this episode of the Zipp Speed Podcast, where we talk with our YouTube host Chas Christensen. Chas is a longtime bike messenger, racer, and all-around shredder.
This edition of the Zipp Speed Podcast looks at the criterium racing. Crits are a mainstay on racing calendar not only in the United States but many other nations including Germany. These adrenaline-fueled races require equal parts strategy, patience, speed, and skill.
In this episode, we welcome Zipp senior design engineer Mike Vittorio for one of our most useful and informative tech discussions yet. Mike goes into detail on the feature and design of Zipp’s new generation of wheels featuring Hookless technology and our Total System Efficiency design approach. From there, he talks about how riders should go about selecting the best tubeless tire for their riding style, including information on tire widths and compatibility.
In this edition of the Zipp Speed Podcast, we gravel racer Payson McElveen. We discuss how Payson approaches his role as a test rider for the 101 XPLR and the 353 NSW Tubeless wheelsets and much more.
What makes a Zipp wheel a Zipp wheel? Innovation and design do, for sure. But another critical component is testing and verification. The Zipp factory in Indianapolis is home to an extensive test lab, where Zipp wheels are subjected to extreme conditions of all kinds to ensure they’re ready for you.