Be aware of fake Zipp wheels, stem and bars sold online (example to right). Imitation might be a form of flattery, but it also can be extremely dangerous.
How to spot counterfeit wheels
We have seen 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. What’s more, customers who buy wheels from unauthorized sellers are not eligible for Zipp’s two-year warranty.
Warning signs a wheel may be counterfeit:
What to look for in authentic Zipp wheelsets:
How to spot counterfeit bars
Zipp takes absolutely no shortcuts in designing, developing, testing and manufacturing the highest performance carbon and aluminum handlebars available anywhere. These counterfeit bars lack the quality control and rigorous testing of genuine Zipp bars. Quite simply, the quality and safety of these bars is a complete mystery. Genuine Zipp bars surpass stringent European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Safety Standards for bicycles. What’s more, customers who buy handlebars from unauthorized sellers are not eligible for Zipp’s two-year warranty.
Warning signs handlebars may be counterfeit:
What to look for in authentic Zipp handlebars:
Visit your local bike shop. Authorized Zipp dealers carry genuine Zipp products.