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by Neal Rogers
October 3, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Bassons chases down motor-doping amateur in France; British sprinter Dan McLay signs with EF Education First-Drapac for 2018; Trek-Segafredo finalizes 2018 lineup with Tsgabu Grmay, Nicola Conci signings; Gaudry sacked as CEO of Hawthorn after five months on job; Brennauer leaves Canyon-SRAM for Wiggle High 5; Lotto-Soudal Ladies team announces six new additions to 2018 roster; Sarah Roy continues with Orica-Scott through 2019; Movistar women’s team announces roster of eight for 2018; Pawlowska breaks Boels-Dolman contract to join Team Virtu Cycling.
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.