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Old 06-27-16, 07:58 PM   #1
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Older CF wheels with aluminum, 90's?

I am supposed to look at some that appear very well priced. They are HED Jet Rock and Road and HED Jet IronMan. School me, are these any good or collectible? Required pics below. Note, there seems to be a crease on the lower set by the stem hole, is that ok on these?

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Looks cool! If in really good condition, I would think they are worth quite a bit to collectors....
That's not a crease. Just where the CF fabric overlapped. What you are seeing is the end cut of the CF mat. Note how it is mostly hidden on the other wheel by the HED decal.....
Looks newer than 90's because of its very deep section that is common on top line CF rimmed wheels, but the presence of the Aluminum rim does point it as not current tech as the newest Aero rims are now usually full carbon, if I'm not mistaken....
Frankly, if they are not priced crazy, I'd jump on those ASAP!.

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Not familiar with them yet I'm a sucker for the model names. Pretty cool. They look robust and easy with brake pads. Have a frameset in the stash and admit would love to have these wheels. No logical reason but its a design and part of the CF wheel evolution by the late Steve Hed. Rock and road!
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@Chombi, you are correct, there was no crease, it is like a scratch or where it comes together.

So here is the bummer, they are old Tri type wheels and 26". One set is clincher, the other is tubular (Iron Man).

The Iron man also appears to have titanium spokes, I saw reference to this as an option as I googled images and followed links. The Iron Man decal shows 1991, the earliest I could find reference to these wheels though was 1995ish but there are sets out there with this same decal so maybe that is closer to the year. Iron Man has American Classic hubs, the other set has American Classic front and Shimano 600 rear. Both 8 speed.

Does anyone use this size anymore? Would they still be considered collectible?

Edit; Wow, I guess these are getting of vintage age. They were invented in 89', patented 91' and introduced in 92'.
http://www.hedwheels.com/docs/hed_catalog_2012.pdf



The Ironman ones look used very little, must have used the others for training.


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I would be interested in the tubular set as I am putting together a 650c kestrel from the 90's.

These wheels come up occasionally on eBay. Doesn't seem to be huge demand. If you're looking to flip them. How much do you want for them? Are these freewheel or cassette versions?
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Hey Eric, I'll pm you later as I am working. But yea I don't think these will stay in my collection, very cool but out of my element.

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I've seen Paramount 26'ers with upright seat tubes - find one of those framesets and you have a lovely home for those!
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The HED Jet was an aluminum wheel with CF "fairings," the forerunner to the Bontrager Aeolus 6.5's, etc (rims also by HED, but CF nowadays). I've had a 700/650 bike with those, a dedicated TT bike by Hot Tubes. I've also built a road bike with them, a '98 Giant MCR, and the funky wheels went well with that funky frame. Both sets of my HED Jets had tricolor hubs, but I've seen them with what looked like proprietary hubs branded HED.


They'd be fine on any tri-bike, especially an older Kestrel like the Airfoil 650c bike of the 90's. They'd also be fine on about any bike. You have to get a little used to the noise they make when you hit a bump; remember, the CF is a fairing, not a structural part of the wheel.


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The HED Jet was an aluminum wheel with CF "fairings," the forerunner to the Bontrager Aeolus 6.5's, etc (rims also by HED, but CF nowadays). I've had a 700/650 bike with those, a dedicated TT bike by Hot Tubes. I've also built a road bike with them, a '98 Giant MCR, and the funky wheels went well with that funky frame. Both sets of my HED Jets had tricolor hubs, but I've seen them with what looked like proprietary hubs branded HED.


They'd be fine on any tri-bike, especially an older Kestrel like the Airfoil 650c bike of the 90's. They'd also be fine on about any bike. You have to get a little used to the noise they make when you hit a bump; remember, the CF is a fairing, not a structural part of the wheel.


I liked them.
Why did I do all that searching, when all I had to do was wait for your post... thanks.
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The HED Jet was an aluminum wheel with CF "fairings," the forerunner to the Bontrager Aeolus 6.5's, etc (rims also by HED, but CF nowadays). I've had a 700/650 bike with those, a dedicated TT bike by Hot Tubes. I've also built a road bike with them, a '98 Giant MCR, and the funky wheels went well with that funky frame. Both sets of my HED Jets had tricolor hubs, but I've seen them with what looked like proprietary hubs branded HED.


They'd be fine on any tri-bike, especially an older Kestrel like the Airfoil 650c bike of the 90's. They'd also be fine on about any bike. You have to get a little used to the noise they make when you hit a bump; remember, the CF is a fairing, not a structural part of the wheel.


I liked them.
Thanks for the info, I always think of your IronMan bikes when I see that logo, was hoping you or the 650b pro Gugie would chime in.
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