HED’s booth was chock full o’ new wheels, but you’d have to look closely to find them all. The graphics and overall black on black with more black color theme meant everything maintained their stealthy look. Fortunately, they guided us through it all, and there was a lot to see.
Starting with the more affordable items, the new Ardennes GP disc and rim brake wheels let you get into a HED wheelset for as little as $700 retail by using the same rims as the rest of the line paired with round spokes and their original Sonic hubs rather than the new 545 hubs.
The new hubs, shown below, are available in both disc and rim brake versions for road and cyclocross. They use a new five pawl design to maximize bite and have a chiseled straight pull flange that helps create stiffer wheels. Not shown, the Stingers and Jet Black wheels will be reworked with the new hubs, which makes them stiffer, and other models get the same new internals but with J-bend spoke flanges.
Where things start getting lighter is with their all-new carbon fat bike hubs and complete wheels…
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