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45 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Tire Pressure and Selection for Zipp wheels
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. This episode includes specific examples of rider weights, tire widths, and tire pressures for front and rear wheels. Toward the end of the episode, Mike digs back into the science and reveals the counterintuitive science behind speed gains through wider tubeless pressures run at lower pressures. He then explains why, conversely, we still see high pressures run on the velodrome. We end with Mike telling about his how bike-tech “journey” and what he’s learned in his five years of riding and designing Zipp wheels.
41 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Payson McElveen, Zipp test rider extraordinaire
In this edition of the Zipp Speed Podcast, we turn the microphones around and interview one of cycling’s most successful podcast hosts, gravel racer Payson McElveen. Payson is an intriguing model for a modern professional bike racer. He’s a Zipp athlete, ambassador, and test rider for new products. In this episode of the Zipp Speed Podcast, Zipp content manager Dan Lee sits down with Payson during his recent stop at the Zipp factory in Indianapolis. First, we discuss how Payson approaches his role as a test rider for the 101 XPLR and the 353 NSW Tubeless wheelsets. Payson reveals how he changes his mindset while riding prototype products to heighten his awareness of small changes on the bike from riding different setups. He also tells how his experience testing new products changed his preparation for gravel races and events. Payson also dives into many other cycling topics, including lessons from racing for collegiate cycling powerhouse Fort Lewis College. He ponders the blurring distinctions between Road, Gravel, and MTB… Where does one end and the other begin? Also, Payson describes the cycling culture in his beloved adopted hometown, Durango, Colorado, and discusses his love of the NBA and why he thinks so many former professional athletes love riding bikes after their playing days.
23 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Inside the Zipp Test Lab
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50 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Tubeless Testing at Forest of Arenberg with Movistar
If you love Paris-Roubaix, this episode of the Zipp Speed Podcast is for you. Zipp returns to Paris-Roubaix’s famed pavé of the Forest of Arenberg. Weeks before the 2021 Paris-Roubaix, we worked with Team Movistar to compared the performance of the 303 Firecrest Tubeless with the 303 Tubular. Find out how tubeless is about making you faster. First, Zipp Content Manager Daniel Lee talks with SRAM Racing Manager Jason Phillips to take you inside Zipp’s testing at Arenberg with Movistar Team. Then Daniel sits down with Zipp Advanced Development Engineer Ruan Trouw to explain the design of Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless with Total System Efficiency and Hookless Technology. This episode includes specific discussions of test results – wattage gains, tire widths, and tire pressures. We also discuss how cyclists everywhere can use this information to be faster on the bike, whether you’re on cobbles on not.
17 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Rim Depth and Wheel Selection
How do you select the best Zipp wheel for you? 303 or 404? Zipp Design Engineer and triathlete Ben Waite joins the show to walk you through the process of wheel and rim-depth selection. We discuss our wheel lineup from the 101 XPLR for gravel to the 858 NSW for time trials and triathlon. Ben explains the importance of evaluating a wheel’s rim depth and internal width, focusing on our two most popular models, the 303 and 404. If you’re considering a new set of wheels sometime soon, this show is for you.
39 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Inside Ashton Lambie's 4k World Record
In this special episode of ZippCast, we talk all about this inspiring accomplishment. Ashton and Zipp engineer Dave Morse discuss the technical aspects of the Super-9 track discs and tire pressure and the decision to ride tubular wheels. Then Ashton talks about the importance of weight training and, finally, Ashton’s partner, track racer Christina Birch, reveals the biggest worry she had when Ashton was going for the record. Photo by Kit Karzen
19 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Roll With It: All about Zipp's 101 XPLR
The 101 XPLR is Zipp's first purpose-built wheelset for gravel. This wheelset smooths out your ride thanks to Zipp MOTO technology. Learn all about this new gravel wheelset from Zipp wheel product manager Bastien Donzé. He takes us through the features, technology, and design approach of the 101 XPLR. He also provides a detailed look at the Zipp ZR1 hubset. So if you're into gravel or cycling technology, you'll love this episode.
21 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Jeff Louder of Axeon
What is the method behind Hagens Berman Axeon's long used slogan and hashtag #proveit? ZippCast sits down with Axeon Sports Director Jeff Louder to discover what life is like inside Axeon (pronounced like "action"), pro cycling's most successful U23 development team. Jeff discusses working with young riders and the challenges of running a cycling team competing worldwide on a limited budget. Jeff also looks back a bit on his racing career, and we ask Jeff to name his favorite set of Zipp wheels.
18 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Alexis Ryan on Life as a Pro Cyclist
ZippCast catches up with American Alexis Ryan of Canyon-SRAM Racing to talk about her life as a pro cyclist. Her dog Smoke even joins us, though she is more interested in napping than cycling. We talked with Alexis while in Tennessee for the recent US Pro Road Championships. She breaks down cycling strategy and how a year away from competition during the pandemic rekindled her passion for pro cycling. Alexis also contrasts racing in America vs. Europe and reveals what makes a cyclist strategically savvy. She also tells us her favorite Zipp wheel. There's something for every cycling fan in this podcast. Photo by Thomas Maheux
23 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Racing and Wrenching: SRAM tech Anna Greetis
ZippCast is back on the road! This episode comes to you from the recent U.S. Pro Road Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Today we meet one of the newer members of the SRAM and Zipp team. Anna Greetis is crazy about gravel riding and wrenching on bikes. She learned her craft in bike shops and now is working with pro athletes. Anna is a race technician for SRAM Road Racing—that means she’s the main contact point between Zipp and our sponsored pro athletes in North America. Anna talks about her roots in cycling and how she views working on bikes as an unending intriguing puzzle.
28 minutes | May 25, 2021
From race cars to bike wheels: Zipp engineer Simon Marshall
It’s May in Indianapolis, and that means the buzz of IndyCars are in the air. The Zipp factory, once in Speedway right next to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is now a few miles north. But you can still hear the race cars here some days. It’s something today’s guest notices when he walks into the Zipp office and factory. Simon Marshall is a Zipp manufacturing engineer who for years worked in motorsports. His experience illustrates the deep ties between Zipp and motorsports that go back to our founding in 1988 by a motorsports engineer, Leigh Sargent. Simon, a native of England, worked as a chief car designer of Gil de Ferran’s Indianapolis victory in 2003 and Buddy Rice’s in 2004. He was also part of the highly innovative DeltaWing concept considered for Indy car. When he interviewed for his engineering job at Zipp, he noted just how tightly Zipp guarded its manufacturing methods. Once Marshall was on the inside of Zipp, he saw how processes had been established over many years and adapted to new products. He was used to motorsports, where a small group would create a chassis. At Zipp, because it’s a factory producing thousands of wheels instead of a few specialized cars, the process had to be broken down into manageable chunks.
18 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
All about the 353 NSW Tubeless wheelset
Learn about Zipp’s 353 NSW Tubeless Disc-brake wheelset from two engineers who helped design it. We peppered Zipp design engineers John Leachman and Ben Waite with questions about the 353 NSW in this fun ZippCast conversation.
25 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
All About Hookless Technology
Zipp advanced development engineer Dave Morse joins ZippCast to explain Zipp's use of "hookless" tubeless rim design for wheels including the 303 S and 303 Firecrest. The hookless, also called tubeless straight side, design is a vital component of Zipp's Total System Efficiency approach to optimize wheels for great speed. Dave takes us through the basics of hookless, from how the tire stays on the wheel to how hookless effects rolling resistance. The show starts off with Zipp design engineer Mike Vittorio providing an overview of the differences between hookless, traditional clinchers, and tubular wheels in a response to an Ask Zipp question.
20 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Your top Zipp questions answered
Alana Stewart loves talking about Zipp. In fact, as a consumer specialist for SRAM, that’s her job. We asked Alana for some of the most common general questions she gets from riders, and we go through each. We also chat with Alana about her love of cycling—something we like to ask almost all of our guests. We hope this is a fun and useful episode.
31 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Inside the Zipp Factory
Learn more about the home of Zipp wheels. In this edition of ZippCast, we get an inside look at the Zipp factory with Roberts Graudins. Roberts is the high-energy Director of Operations for SRAM Indy, which includes the Zipp factory. Today’s Zipp factory is an 80,000 square foot modern manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Roberts gives an update on how Zipp is confronting production challenges during the pandemic. He also discusses the complex process of making Zipp’s wheel designs a reality, ready to be boxed up and shipped out worldwide. Roberts also talked about his long history with SRAM and his love of mountain biking. We close with Roberts talking about his favorite part of the workday — taking an early morning walk around the factory floor saying hi to everyone he sees.
31 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
High Tech Bike Tinkering
Road bikes and everything around them have gone high tech. Your bike now may be connected to your smartphone, and most likely you at least record and upload your rides. Tire pressure, once monitored by pinching your tire with your thumb and forefinger, now is tweaked and analyzed. In this podcast, we asked Zipp advanced development engineer Dave Morse what bike tinkering means to him today. We start off learning how Dave’s quest for the ideal pre – and post – ride Cappuccino ended with him building his own espresso machine. We then discuss how cyclists of all kinds can benefit by having a tinkerer’s mindset when it comes to everything from Strava and GoPro cameras to using 3D printers. Dave also suggests lessons that can be learned by riding the same route again and again—something many of us may be doing as we’ve spent so much time at home in the past year. So, grab a coffee, sit back and relax, it’s time for ZippCast…
27 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
New look handlebars stems and seatposts and Quickview Mount
We're back with Zipp product manager Nathan Schickel to learn all about our new look carbon handlebars, stems, and seatposts. We also discuss a new Quickview Integrated Mount and how it cleans up your handlebar and all you mount to it. Nathan also takes us through Zipp's approach to focusing on bike fit as a guiding force in designing handlebars, stems, and seatposts.
38 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Eros Poli on Cycling Then and Now
Eros Poli typifies the passion and emotion of Italian cycling. Perhaps you remember the big Italian in 1994 won the legendary Ventoux Tour de France stage. Eros is 6-4 (that’s 1.94 meters), the biggest man in the Tour that year. He also won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics for Italy in the team time trial. These days, Eros works for InGamba bicycle tours helping cyclists of all types experience their cycling dreams in Italy and elsewhere. InGamba provides its customers with dream bikes as well—Pinnarelos with Zipp wheels and SRAM components. Eros speaks passionately about modern and classic cycling equipment and Italian food and racing. He’s a fun personality and a great storyteller. So sit back and relax; it’s time for ZippCast.
32 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
A Legend of Speed: Marshall "Major" Taylor
We talk about the legendary cycling champion and Indianapolis native Marshall “Major” Taylor. SRAM (which operates Zipp) is supporting a new seven story mural of Major Taylor planned for downtown Indianapolis, Taylor's hometown. SRAM has a significant facility in Indianapolis, including Zipp manufacturing. In this ZippCast, we talk with Kisha Tandy who is the curator of social history at the Indiana State Museum. Kisha oversees the museum’s Major Taylor collection. She has studied Taylor’s life in detail. Today we honor the legacy of Major Taylor. Image Courtesy of Indiana State Museum
25 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Making the Tubeless Transition
Road cyclists are making the transition from years of tubes and tires to running tubeless tires. All of Zipp’s new wheelsets are tubeless ready. For this episode of ZippCast, we provide you with the experience and insight of two bike industry pros who have discovered the benefits of tubeless. SRAM Retail Development Representative Mike Spilker is a former pro road team mechanic and cyclist. SRAM Dealer Service Representative Nico Deportago (day-por-tago) Cabrera is a Zipp athlete with vast experience on the road and gravel, including years as a bicycle messenger in Chicago. Nico and Mike provide plenty of practical tips, including what to do if you get a flat roadside running tubeless.
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