Zipp’s first product almost three decades ago was a disc wheel. It’s at the heart of our heritage. Now, Zipp® is pioneering the next generation of disc wheel, the Super-9 Disc-brake Tubular Disc
. Road cycling’s latest advancement in performance – disc brakes for road bikes – is coming to triathlons and time trials, and Zipp is ensuring its fastest wheel ever is ready for this soon-to-arrive future.
Braking on modern time trial and triathlon bikes often has been a challenge. The superior performance of disc brakes changes all that with greater stopping power and more precise speed modulation, all with less hand effort than required by traditional brakes
. That means greater confidence in corners, descents, and on technical courses. The disc brake version of the Super-9 disc, 995 grams for the Tubular, retains the light weight of its rim-brake counterparts.
Efficient speed adjustments on technical sections of road are crucial to conserving energy and maintaining speed
. Disc-brakes, standard in motorsports, gained prominence in mountain biking, then cyclocross, and now are being embraced on the road. The reason is simple: How you slow down influences how fast you go.
The Super-9 Disc itself, handmade at our factory in Indianapolis, USA, optimizes supreme aerodynamics, power transfer, stiffness, lightweight and durability. Disc brakes for road also open a wider range of tire selections for improved comfort, handling and rolling resistance
. The Super-9, with its aero efficiency and stiffness, quickly became our go-to disc wheel for the world’s best time trialists and triathletes and has been ridden to numerous Ironman® events, world championships, Grand Tour stages, and gold medals.
The introduction of the Super-9 Disc-brake completes the expansion of disc-brake options across Zipp’s entire carbon wheel lineup, from the disc wheel down to the 32-mm deep 202 Firecrest Disc-brake wheelset.
The new Super-9 Disc-brake Disc wheel is designed around our new 177DD (for Disc Disc) hub that features:
- Improved bearing protection and sealant
- Thru-axle compatible. Comes with thru-axle end caps that can be swapped by hand: 12x142mm
The 177DD uses a center-locking disc-mount standard
. The Super-9 Disc-brake Disc wheel comes with a standard 10/11 speed driver body for SRAM®/Shimano®
. For those looking for a wider gear range, a SRAM XDR driver body for 177DD (sold separately) is easily installed to allow for more cassette options. A 1.85mm spacer is included with the XDR driver body and is required for use on the 177DD hub. XDR driver body compatible with 11-speed cassettes only.