IB13: Hawk Racing Sinks Talons into Wide, Aero, and High Tension Alloy Wheelset
Last year, Hawk Racing introduced their new Veyron carbon rims which featured a wider rim profile and improved aerodynamics. Looking to offer an every day or training wheel with similar characteristics, the new Talon Aero offers a 23mm wide rim with a 28mm deep aero profile. Built with only 16 front and 20 rear spokes, the Talon Aeros may seem like a fragile wheelset, but Hawk Racking claims that thanks to the high tension build on the wheels they are stout enough to be ridden daily.
See what makes the Talons sharp, next.
Both the front and rear wheels use Sapim CX-Ray straight pull spokes – though the drive side gets its own Sapim CX spokes. The CX is a thicker and stiffer bladed spoke than the CX-Ray which makes it a perfect fit for the high 140 KgF tension on the drive side. Hawk said they get the drive side tension up to a uniform 120 KgF first, then pull the wheel into dish with the non-drive spokes which raises the drive side tension to 140 KgF. The Spokes are laced with nipple washers to Alpina ABS self locking nipples which have the option of custom colors through Hawk Racing.
The SL11 11 speed compatible hub features a 6 pawl design and uses Folmer Technology Bearings with ISO and ABEC 3 certified non-ceramic bearings made in Japan. At 660g for the front and 875g for the rear, the Talon Aeros come in at 1535g for the set and have a 200lb rider weight limit. The laced in the US wheels retail for $549 and include QR skewers and rim tape.