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Old 11-18-05, 10:44 AM   #1
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Which Disc Wheel Would You Recommend Under $1000?

i put that price limit there simply to exclude the zipp disc. i just refuse to pay $1800 for it. having said that, i notice some of you seem to like the renn disc. i've never heard of 'em. what's so good about it? and if that's not your pick, then what is and why?

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I have a HED disc, which I got for $599. It seems reasonably well made. It's heavier than a Zipp, but that's not a big concern for flat TT's or Tri's. It is a lenticular disc, which is supposedly more aero, and limited by patent rights to HEd and Zipp. Of course you don't get the little golf ball dimples.

I got the HED instead of the Renn because 1) I put a little more faith in the HED name, given their history with aero products, 2) buying into the lenticular marketing (probably a fair amount of BS), and 3) not being familiar with Renn. Admittedly none of these are overwhelming arguments, but the HED has worked out ok for me. (And when I get the HED tri spoke for the front, my logos will match)
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I have a Renn 575 disk. The lenticular disks, along with the dimples in zipp wheels do nothing.... I think I paid like $300 for mine brand new, plus shipping. I am very happy with it, it is build almost the exact same as the HED disk, I wouldnt be surprised if they are the same with different stickers...

Like I said, I am happy with it, though for the bling factor, a zipp 999 wheel set would be pretty sweet....
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Renn. once you have a rear disk, it really doesn't matter.

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Renn and Hed are quite different. Renn are made from Nomex Honeycomb cores (this method has been around from the 80's, I ride an old Araya disc that is made this way). The Renn is a flat surface on both sides and all of their discs are lighter. The Renn features cartridge bearings.

Hed is created from Carbon fiber and is just as tested of technology. It is a bit heavier than the Renn, cheaper than the Madiera but more expensive than the 575. I've heard complaints of flex, but I'm not sure if I believe it. The other difference is that Hed doesn't use cartridge bearings. Hed definately has a bigger name in the sport though.

Personally, I'd go 575 if I wanted a disc. It's $450, it's lighter than the Hed. It comes with a two year warranty(same as the Hed) and a lifetime crash replacement policy. I guess the only problem is if you like things to match. In which case find some decals of whatever front wheel you're using.

here's the Renn site(only place I know of that you can order from):
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Renn. Best service in the industry.
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Ok, don't laugh but if you really want cheap... I have used the nylon covers that just clip onto your spokes. That's under $1000 (about $950 under) and I always seemed to pickup 1mph or 2. Not noisy, same nice ride you get with spokes. Less than 1/2 lb added to your wheel.
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