As the latest breed of timed event bikes are embracing discs brakes, Zipp is embracing discs for those disciplines as well. That’s how their Super-9 Disc Brake Carbon Clincher Disc Wheel came to be.
The Super-9 Clincher Disc Wheel was a game-changer. The best clincher tires have lower rolling resistance than the best tubulars. And even aerodynamically-speaking, they can be more aero, too. And then combine those aero benefits with a wider wheel-it goes out to 27.5mm at the widest, you have a setup that not only rolls fast, but is super aero across the yaw angles.
The wider wheel also presented an opportunity. It actually is more vertically compliant than their narrower discs. It makes the ride more comfortable, and the cornering more of what you’re used to.
Setting the Super-9 up for disc brakes was another challenge. Zipp developed the 177 DD Hub, which features a Centerlock brake mount, as well as both quick-release and 12x142mm mounting. Both are via hand-swappable endcaps. Weight for the wheel is 1175g.
The Wheel comes with a Silca disc valve adapter, Zipp Tangente quick-release skewer, Zipp Tangente tube, Zipp rim tape, Zipp valve hole sticker, and the aforementioned end caps. The cassette body is SRAM/Shimano 9/10/11-speed compatible, and you can pull it for a SRAM XDR Driver body if you want to get into the world of 1x. One warning: some time trial bikes have pretty narrow rear triangles. Make sure yours is wide enough before ordering.
The Zipp Super-9 Disc Brake Carbon Clincher Disc Wheel is the fastest of the newest tech for next-generation triathlon rigs.