Zipp Rebuild

Zipp 303 rebuild with Tune Mig Mag hubs by Strada Wheels

Zipp 303 rebuild with Tune Mig Mag hubs | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk

INTRODUCTION

Here at Strada we have received a steady stream of Zipp wheel rebuilds. This popular wheel has had a number of hub redesigns over the years to address some weaknesses but with the sheer number in circulation Zipp hub failures do happen. We can resolve them by upgrading you to a new quality hub for improved performance.

Hub failure

Zipp rebuilds can be the result of the hub flange fracturing by being overstretched or due to poor spoke tension or inexperienced mechanics work. The image below is a typical failure. The driveside flange is under the greatest load and this combined with a low spoke count leads to early failure.

Damaged Zipp hub in for rebuild at Strada Wheel | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk

Damaged Zipp hub in for rebuild at Strada Wheel | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk

Preload adjuster failing

A Zipp rebuild can be due to the preload adjuster coming loose regularly. You keep tensioning it up and it keeps coming loose however much threadlock is applied. This is a common Zipp hub fault. Of course, a loose preload adjuster does not help bearing life. This can be in conjunction with the hub “eating” bearings with alarming regularity. Swapping to a better quality hub can resolve these Zipp wheel issues.

Damaged Zipp hub in for rebuild at Strada Wheel | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk

Damaged Zipp hub in for rebuild at Strada Wheel | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk

Better power transfer

Careful hub selection (such as the Aivee SR5) allows us to offer better power transfer as the optimal flange placement gives this well made rim a chance to give the rider it’s best performance. A Zipp rebuild can have extra benefits!

Get in touch with Strada via the contact page or call Strada today on 01903 214956 to discuss your Zipp rebuild.

Better serviceability

The wheel usually arrives for a Zipp rebuild with the nipples bonded onto the spokes with an overly strong spoke Loctite being used. This ensures the nipples won’t rattle loose but it makes it really hard to adjust tensions in the workshop. We have to cut out the spokes and remove the nipples from inside the rim. Once this has been done we can commence the Zipp wheel rebuild with fresh Sapim CX Ray spokes in silver or black.

Hub choices

We can rebuild your Zipp wheel with a number of suitable hubs. For the 20 spoke rear wheels – the Aivee SR5 hub is a good choice – it offers clever flange placement allowing use to maximise spoke tension and ensure even spoke tension between the drive and non drive side of the wheel. With a low spoke count wheel like the Zipp this is important to allow all the spokes to work together driving the wheel forward. Second option is the Chris King R45 which can be fitted. This is a more expensive option and the flange placement is not quite as good as the Aivee which should be taken into consideration if the rider is 85kg plus.  24 spoke rear wheels – in addition to those hubs already listed, we can use the DT Swiss 240 or DT Swiss 180 hub if the rear wheel has 24 spokes. Or we can go completely off piste like with this Zipp 808 rebuild with a Phil Wood track hub.

Zipp 808 rebuild with Phil Wood track hub | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk

Zipp 808 rebuild with Phil Wood track hub | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk

Zipp decals

After a Zipp rebuild we can refresh the look too with a set of genuine Zipp decals. Available at £25 per wheel fitted we can use the latest white or black Zipp decals or colour coordinate.

Zipp Decals

Zipp Decals

 

Get in touch with Strada via the contact page or call Strada today on 01903 214956 to discuss your Zipp rebuild.

11 speed upgrade

Your Zipp rims may be in good condition but the hub cannot be upgraded to an 11 speed freehub and so the only option then is to go for an 11 speed rebuild to keep it in use. In the image below we removed the original hub from this Zipp 404 Firecrest Tubular and swapped to a DT Swiss 180 allowing the rider to use a new 11 speed groupset and his Zipps rebuilt offering super smooth high quality hubs with long service times and snappy engagement.

Zipp 404 tubular rebuild with DT Swiss 180 hub | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk

Zipp 404 tubular rebuild with DT Swiss 180 hub | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk