Zipp has seen a recent increase in counterfeit wheels purporting to be made by Zipp Speed Weaponry for sale on the Internet.
These wheels can be extremely dangerous. They lack the industry-leading safety, quality, durability and performance standards customers can expect when purchasing genuine Zipp products. Zipp analyzed these counterfeit wheels and discovered them to be of dangerously poor quality, including unacceptable rim failures and braking power that was a fraction of genuine Zipp wheels.
Authentic Zipp wheels have black Sapim C X-Ray spokes from Belgium. Zipp's proprietary hubs are embossed with the oval "Z" logo. The carbon on the inner diameter of most all Zipp rims is embossed with "Handmade in Speedway, Indiana" or "Handmade in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA."
Customers who buy wheels from unauthorized sellers are not eligible for Zipp's two-year warranty.
This is the authentic Zipp 404 wheel. Watch for logos that look suspicious or contain misspellings on counterfeit wheels.
Counterfeit wheels are poor quality and dangerous.
Zipp uses black Sapim C X-Ray spokes from Belgium. Zipp's proprietary hubs are embossed with the oval "Z" logo.
This is a counterfeit Zipp 404 wheel hub.
The hub does not have Zipp's proprietary embossed oval "Z" logo.
Compare the dimples on the real and counterfeit wheel.
Some counterfeit versions do have dimples and at a cursory glance may appear authentic, but they are not clean and crisp as on the authentic Zipp wheel.
The carbon fiber construction and embedded bar code are clearly visible on this authentic Zipp 404 wheel.
This counterfeit Zipp wheel lacks the bar code and characteristic visible carbon fiber construction that is easily seen on the authentic Zipp wheel.