Zipp adds custom graphics for Super-9

Zipp "Impress" graphics for Super-9 carbon clincher

In the run-up to the Ironman world championship in Kona this weekend, Zipp announced a limited edition Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc with custom graphics printed on the wheel. The new "Impress" process uses direct printing to put any design onto the entire disc.

German Sebastian Kienle rode an Impress Super-9 at the recent Ironman 70.3 world championship, and two of Zipp's sponsored pro road teams, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step and Saxo-Tinkoff had the discs for the Tour de France.

The 1,155g 11-speed disc has a retail of $2,500 (UK pricing not immediately available), about $125 more than a standard Super-9.

Expect to see a few flashy disc at Kona this weekend, and the Impress Super-9 will be available for consumers at the end of next month.

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
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  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
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