Before an email popped up in my inbox asking if I’d like to head to Indianapolis, I hadn’t realised that the city and the surrounding area was such a hot bed of cycling manufacturing. When I think of cycling manufacturing hot spots, Antwerp in Belgium and Torrino in Italy spring to mind. Indianapolis not so much; but I was about to be surprised.
Zipp is one of the major players in the wheel manufacturing world and the company can claim a whole raft of victories and titles within both road cycling and triathlon. It can also claim to being one of the brands that led the carbon wheel revolution — in its 28-year history Zipp has helped push the envelope when it comes to wheel aerodynamics, stability, handling and performance.
Standing out amongst the cookie cooker concrete and corrugated warehouses and factories on an industrial estate on the outskirts of Indianapolis is Zipp’s manufacturing plant. Zipp’s building is hard to miss — with the brand’s logo sitting proudly at the front of the building, the Zipp plant jumps out from the surrounding grey and white buildings.

Zipp成立於1987年,創始人Leigh Sargent當時是威廉姆斯F1車隊的工程師,他住在印第安納波利斯並參加了那一年的美國拉斯維加斯國際自行車貿易博覽會,在看台上,Lee對那些笨重且脆弱的輪組毫無興趣,憑著專業背景他認為自己可以生產出更好的輪組。第二年,他就在展覽會上向大家展示過去十二個月的成果。



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