14. They have DT Swiss hub internals.
13. The rim's shape is reminiscent of other tunnel-vetted aero wheels.
12. They are starting with carbon clinchers instead of tubulars.
11. Specialized's first modern aero wheel, the Roval Rapide CXR 60, is 24.5mm across.
10. This wheel is stiffer vertically and laterally than any other Zipp.
9. It has the same shape as Zipp's tubular Super-9 Carbon Clincher.
8. Zipp is calling the Super-9 Carbon Clincher "the fastest wheel."
7. Although some Hed wheels are priced lower than competing wheels, this pair will be $2,500, right in the mix with others.
6. Like the rest of their wheels, the Vanquish has a blunted inner diameter to help stability.
Steve Hed says the Continental Attack/Force and GP 4000 are the best aerodynamic matches.
4. The hubs will be 11-speed compatible. Otherwise, they are identical to current Hed hubs.
3. The challenges of carbon clinchers delayed the release of this wheel by a full year.
2. Like their other wheels, Hed's first carbon clincher wheel has a broad brake track, 26mm to be specific.
1. Hed Vanquish.
The days of serious speed freaks racing only on tubulars are gone. Rolling resistance tests have proven clinchers to be comparable to their tubular relatives and the outstanding carbon clincher aero wheel options are multiplying, making the practical advantages of running hooked rims even more attractive. The original leaders in aero wheels are upping their options and a potentially big new player has also introduced carbon clinchers for 2013.
The aero wheel innovators from Minnesota are one of the last to release a carbon clincher, and the wheel is finally here. Named the Vanquish, Hed’s first all-carbon clincher is 60mm deep, 26mm wide at the brake track and has a shape that is similar but slightly different than Hed’s tubular Stinger 6 wheel. Steve Hed says the challenges of creating a solid tire bead lock forced them to adjust the profile slightly.
Production location of the Vanquish is another first for Hed Cycling. They make the carbon fairings used on their Jet line of clincher wheels (the fairings are bonded to shallow aluminum clincher rims to create aero wheels) in Minnesota, but the Vanquish will be the first complete rim produced there. Protecting their designs is one of Hed’s motivations for bringing rim production in-house. Quality is another.
Rim shape is optimized for 22-24mm tires. Steve Hed says the Continental Attack/Force and GP 4000 tires are the best aerodynamic matches for the Vanquish.
Initial ride testers have tried many brake pad options and are finding Shimano’s blue composite pads to have the best performance with the Vanquish.
The rims will be built with the same Hed hubs, Sapim CX-Ray spokes and 18-front/24-rear spoke counts.
Hed plans to have the wheels ready by the first of the year. Some Hed wheels are considered an “aerodynamic value” compared to other wheels, but these are priced similarly to options from Zipp and others. They will go for $2,500 a pair.