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Old 09-05-06, 09:00 PM
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Hed 3 Wheels

Do any of you have experiences with the Hed 3 wheels? If so, what are ur recomendations of carbon vs aluminium rims on these wheels?
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I'm interested in hearing some responses to this as well.
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I have the aluminum hooped ones. No problems. Have them front and rear. Old pic but here they are and yes the steer tube and seat have been adjusted... They are stiff in the climbs and go like heck on the flats.
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Well it's a pretty simple question: do you prefer tubular or clincher race wheels?
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wow, they look awesome. I sometimes see people with one on the rear but not on the front. Is there a reason for this ---other than maybe they just could afford one at a time
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what's the price difference?
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
Well it's a pretty simple question: do you prefer tubular or clincher race wheels?
exactly... check out the recent discussions on another forum about clincher VS. tubular rolling resistance... you may think twice about buying the all carbon ones...

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The difference in rolling resistance between a high end tubie and high end clincher is almost negligible. Like a couple of seconds over 40k. I would prefer the security of a tubular over a clincher for race applications, personally. I mean, no pinch flats with a tubular tire, and also, you can ride it safely for a while after it goes flat. Clincher, go flat and you have to stop, and sometimes thats just not an option. There's a reason that ProTour teams are still almost entirely on tubular tires.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
The difference in rolling resistance between a high end tubie and high end clincher is almost negligible. Like a couple of seconds over 40k. I would prefer the security of a tubular over a clincher for race applications, personally. I mean, no pinch flats with a tubular tire, and also, you can ride it safely for a while after it goes flat. Clincher, go flat and you have to stop, and sometimes thats just not an option. There's a reason that ProTour teams are still almost entirely on tubular tires.

ugh... and the debate continues... protour teams ride them because they have a car behind them with spare wheels when they flat.. My day is over when I flat tubular or not. Further I can't recall the last time I pinched on a clincher when it was inflated to the proper PSI. so its a give and take thing I guess. I just don't feel like messing with the tubbies.

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I have the aluminum rim tubulars. Very happy with them. You get the *benefit* of tubulars while the robust addition of the aluminum braking surface and I dont have to change pads when going from training to race wheels.
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as i remember specialized actually came up with the design and sold it to HED. to manufacture... also they aer constructed in spain as far as i can remember... doubt that will affect your decision but its a nice little fact about them
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