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by Shane Stokes
October 4, 2017
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Hed Cycling is adding a new line of wheels to its catalogue, dubbed Vanquish, featuring new all-carbon disc-specific clincher rims that are tubeless compatible. The first model, the Vanquish 6, features a 60mm rim profile that is 30mm wide with an internal width of 21mm.
Up until this point, Hed’s aerodynamic rims comprised two distinct models, the Jet and Stinger series. The former featured hybrid carbon/alloy clincher rims, while the latter was all-carbon and devoted to tubular tyres. The Vanquish sits neatly between the two as Hed’s first all-carbon clincher rim, however it remains disc-specific at this stage.
Unsurprisingly, the company has paid close attention to the aerodynamic performance of the new wheels in the context of growing tyre sizes, going so far as to consider gravel and cyclocross-specific tyres. According to Dino Edin, Hed Cycling’s head of product and strategy, “The neatest thing that this wheel has to offer… is that you can go between a 23mm tyre and a 28mm tyre and there is very little difference in aerodynamics.”
The new carbon rim will be manufactured in the USA, at Hed’s Minnesota factory, and paired with its current 545 disc hubset. The latter features Center Lock fittings for disc rotors and is compatible with all major drivetrains and axle standards.
The Vanquish 6 has a recommended retail price of US$2,500 (~AUD$3,200) and will be available later this month with a choice of bright or dark rim logos.