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Campagnolo Bora One 50 Wheelset - Tubular Campagnolo Bora One 50 Wheelset - Tubular
In terms of race pedigree, you'd be hard pressed to find a rim that enjoys more time on the podiums of Europe than Campagnolo's iconic Bora rims. With the Bora One 50 Wheelset, Campagnolo brings this proven rim design into the self-sponsored racer's range by mating it to Ultra Smooth Bearing (USB) hubs instead of the Bora Ultra's Ceramic Ultimate Level Technology (CULT) hubs. While this does result in a pair of differences in the hubs, the Bora One 50 Wheelset is still the one that's reliable and fast enough that certain members of Europcar opted to ride it during a race as trying as Roubaix. The first difference between the hubs is that the USB hub body is alloy instead of CULT's carbon, for a slight sacrifice in weight (50 grams, claimed) and stiffness. Second, USB includes the inimitable smoothness of ceramic bearings but without the benefit of CULT's Cronitect races. Despite this concession, the USB system is still a claimed 50% smoother than steel, which is the industry standard. The rims laced to these hubs benefit from the new width of 24. 2 millimeters, up from the previous 20 millimeters. This wider rim is general across the Bora line, and it brings improvements in handling and cornering, lower rolling resistance, and a smoother ride. It also nets better lateral stiffness and -- in a counter-intuitive twist -- actually improves aerodynamics. The width also saves weight by letting Campagnolo build a more structurally sound rim with less material, and it means you can mount bigger tires, up to 27 millimeters, for a tubular ride that's more plush and durable than ever. Like its Ultra counterpart, the Bora One 50 also features Campy's new 3Diamant braking surface, which addresses some of the key braking issues we've had with carbon rims in the past. Campagnolo literally uses diamonds to hone the brake track to near perfection, removing a microscopic layer of imperfections and resin so that the pads connect straight to a strip of slightly textured carbon. Th...
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Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 Wheelset - Tubular Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 Wheelset - Tubular
Let's get one thing out of the way: yes, the Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 Tubular Wheelset costs over $4000. Now that you're sure your eyes aren't deceiving you, let's try and answer the obvious question: why' The simple answer is that the Bora Ultra 35 is a pro-level race-day rim, as in "I'm leading the Tour into the final few days, so I'd better go all out with my wheel selection today." Tubular rims are incredibly light and provide unbeatable feel on the road, and with a rim depth of just 35mm, 15mm less than the classic Bora 50, the Bora 35 cuts down even more weight, so there's nothing slowing down the rotation of your tires. Shortening the depth of the rim also reduces material and corresponding weight. Not only is the Bora Ultra 35 lighter than almost any other wheel, but it's slightly wider than most (24. 2mm), which actually means less rolling resistance and improved aerodynamics compared to standard skinnier wheels (trust us, it's science). Less paradoxically, wider wheels also provide better grip and cornering, and they accommodate wider tires for an even plusher and more durable ride. Size isn't everything, though. The Bora 35 employs Campagnolo's legendary CULT bearings, which help add more power to every stroke -- indeed, Campagnolo calls them the lowest-friction bearings in the world, and we're not inclined to doubt them. Carbon wheels are also notoriously finicky with regards to braking, but Campagnolo has employed its 3Diamant braking surface, which actually uses diamonds to polish the brake track, to increase friction and decrease pulsing. It's also claimed to reduce wet braking by up to 40%, and dry braking by 20%. Finally, long flanges add extra stiffness to the G3 spokes, which are also engineered to help absorb road vibration.
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Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Wheelset - Tubular Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Wheelset - Tubular
The Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Wheelset is perhaps the most immediately recognizable piece of cycling componentry in the world. Those deep rims and iconic script just scream class. They've long been associated with the greatest performances of grand tour cycling, with only the names of the riders changing. For 2015, the wheelset itself has seen a change, with Campagnolo bumping the Bora rims' width up to 24. 2 millimeters wide at the brake track. By doing so, the Italian manufacturer has incorporated a key piece of modern innovation into the storied tradition of cycling's most beautiful wheels. The new width brings huge dividends to the Boras, including better handling and cornering, lower rolling resistance, and a smoother ride. It also nets better lateral stiffness and -- in a counter-intuitive twist -- actually improves aerodynamics. The width also saves weight by letting Campagnolo build a more structurally sound rim with less material, and it means you can mount bigger tires, up to 27 millimeters, for a tubular ride that's more plush and durable than ever. The CULT cup and cone bearings are behind Campagnolo hubs' legendary rolling performance. CULT marries the smoothest ceramic bearings with thermochemically treated Cronitect races for a claimed 3. 5 more watts per pedal stroke over non-CULT bearings. The interface between the ceramic balls and Cronitect races is so smooth that they virtually don't wear out and only require a thin film of oil instead of grease. All told, Campagnolo touts these as the lowest friction bearings in the world. While we normally approach anything that smacks of marketing hyperbole with healthy skepticism, taking the Boras for a spin lends credence to Campy's claim. A good wheel can't just go well; it also has to stop well, and the new 3Diamant braking surface addresses some of the key braking issues we've had with carbon rims in the past. Campagnolo literally uses diamonds to hone the brake track to near perfection, removing imper...
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Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80 Wheelset - Tubular Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80 Wheelset - Tubular
Campagnolo's wind-cheating Bora Ultra 80 Wheelset takes its name from the "north wind" of the Mediterranean. This is an appropriate choice, because -- if there was ever a wind that you'd want to keep from gaining purchase on you, it's the Bora, whose top speed of 136 miles per hour almost doubles the base speed of hurricane-grade winds. While it's obviously not equal to those conditions, the Bora 80s' profile is the best balance between handling and aerodynamics in Campagnolo's legendary line of deep rim wheels, placing it at the testa della corsa of aerodynamic wheels writ large. The rims' generous 80-millimeter depth is likely the Bora 80s' top selling point, but Campagnolo has also gifted them with a wider, more modern width of 24. 2 millimeters. This is a marked increase compared with the previous width of 20 millimeters, and its benefits include better handling and cornering, lower rolling resistance, and a smoother ride. It also nets better lateral stiffness and -- in a counter-intuitive twist -- actually improves aerodynamics. The width also saves weight by letting Campagnolo build a more structurally sound rim with less material, and it means you can mount bigger tires, up to 27 millimeters, for a tubular ride that's more plush and durable than ever. The Bora's deep rims and iconic branding may be the first image we associate with pro-level wheels, but their heart is actually in the CULT bearings. CULT marries superlative ceramic bearings with thermochemically treated Cronitect races for a claimed 3. 5 more watts per pedal stroke over non-CULT bearings. The interface between the ceramic balls and Cronitect races is so smooth that they virtually don't wear out and only require a thin film of oil instead of grease. Campagnolo touts these as the lowest friction bearings in the world. While we normally approach anything that smacks of marketing hyperbole with healthy skepticism, taking the Boras for a spin lends credence to Campy's claim. A good wheel can't j...
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Campagnolo Shamal Mille Wheelset Campagnolo Shamal Mille Wheelset
When Campagnolo introduced the Shamal, it was the shape of things to come, quite literally. The aero-shaped alloy rim would kick-start the development of aero alloy rims, followed by aero carbon rims, which more or less brings us to present day, and Campy's latest iteration of the Shamal, the Shamal Mille. The Mille's different enough from previous generations that the name may well be the only thing in common. The most obvious change is the back finish -it's not just for looks, though. Underneath the hard-ano surfacing lies Campagnolo's new spiral-shaped brake track, which offers consistent, incredibly powerful braking, wet or dry. Inside the wide, carbon fiber hub bodies reside Campy's ceramic Ultra Smooth Bearings, or USB. They're not the best-in-class CULT bearings you'll find in the Bora wheels, but they're 50% smoother than standard, steel bearings, which translates directly to less work on your part.
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Easton EC90 Aero 55 Carbon Road Wheel - Tubular Easton EC90 Aero 55 Carbon Road Wheel - Tubular
You've seen all the fast, lightweight race wheels, but more often than not, those desirable attributes come at the expense of out-and-out strength. That's why we're so impressed with the Easton EC90 Aero 55 Carbon Tubular Wheel. As part of Easton's race-ready EC90 lineup, they'll slice through the air like a hot knife through melting butter, but the real surprise is that they're bombproof enough to withstand a full season of 'cross without flinching. Not bad for a wheel that, according to Easton's published test results, outperforms much deeper rims in a wind tunnel at just about every imaginable yaw angle. It may sound like hyperbole, but the EC90 Aero rim is a feat of modern engineering. Easton's engineering team opted to ignore convention, most notably rejecting the long-held belief that a mid-depth rim couldn't be the fastest thing on the road. The result of this grand experiment is the new Fantom rim profile. It's noticeably massive, with an external width of 28mm at the widest. Also noteworthy is the blunted internal profile that is said to greatly improve both stability and speed in crosswinds. According to Easton's published test results, the Fantom rim profile is faster at a variety of yaw angles than anything it was tested against, including its own 90mm deep section TT rim. Due to a lack of available data, it's possible that a few of the very deepest TT-specific rims are marginally faster in some circumstances, but they'll give up a great deal of stability, and at significantly higher weights, it's easy to see why Easton calls this the single wheelset arsenal. Unlike the clincher version, the Aero 55 tubular uses internal nipples. It means you'll have to remove the tire to replace a nipple, but this sacrifice means that the rim is considerably lighter than its clincher counterpart, which relies on a rivnut style nipple insert to provide an undrilled inner rim wall, for tubeless compatibility. The rim profile isn't the only new aspect of the Aero 55...
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HED Ardennes Plus BLACK HED Ardennes Plus BLACK
The HED Ardennes Plus Black wheelset is a lightweight and stealthy addition to any bike. Their black braking surfaces create a solid dark finish to the tire edge, resulting in a clean, stealthy look without the usual jarring silver stripe found on most aluminum rim braking surfaces. That rim surface isn't just for looks though; HED designed them with its Turbine Braking Technology for huge increases in braking performance in both wet and dry conditions compared to standard aluminum rims. The Plus Blacks build on HED's previous Ardennes Plus FR with a wide, lightweight rim that provides a solid, smooth ride. They also carry over the low spoke count of the Plus FRs for weight savings without impacting performance. These wheels are smooth enough for any road and tough enough to handle gravel or cyclocross without missing a beat. The Ardennes Plus Blacks can be set up with traditional clincher tires and tubes and are tubeless-ready for riders looking to lose the tube weight and work with a wider range of tire pressure options. HED recommends using new brake pads with the Ardennes Plus Black rims, as any metal shavings used pads may have picked up from other rims could damage the Black rim finish.
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HED Ardennes Plus CL Road Wheelset - Clincher HED Ardennes Plus CL Road Wheelset - Clincher
Popular for its super-wide rim profile, HED's Ardennes line has always been synonymous with smooth-rolling value. New for this year, the HED Ardennes Plus CL Road Wheelset adopts a wider 25mm rim for even smoother performance. Ultimately, the boosted width increases the tire contact on the road, providing more grip and increased bump compliance, especially over rough asphalt and gravel back roads. The Ardennes Plus CL uses a higher stainless steel spoke count (24 at front, 28 at rear) for workhorse dependability, as required by heavier riders and 'cross racers. It features HED's Sonic hubs with full aluminum shells. The rear hub even has an external grease port for easy maintenance. Additionally, you'll find steel quick-release skewers, as well as factory-sourced rim tape for tubeless use straight from the box.
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HED Ardennes Plus LT Road Wheelset - Clincher HED Ardennes Plus LT Road Wheelset - Clincher
The Ardennes Classics. Depending on your point of view, they're either the tail end of the best part of race season, or the very beginning of the interesting stuff. They favor the climbers, but also a strong all-rounder, but most of all they favor the rider who can go hard all day long. The HED Ardennes Plus LT Wheelset follows in the path of its namesake: it's lightweight, yet extremely strong, and is designed to conserve energy for long days in the wind. The Plus designation on this particular wheelset is due to the rims' width; at 25mm, they're definitely at the wider end of normal for road rims, and are best used with 23-25mm or wider tires. This width offers a couple benefits: one, the width spreads the tire more, which, all other things being equal, increases the contact patch and therefore the available traction. Two, air flows more smoothly over a rim/tire combo that's closely matched in width. There's less to run into or overcome, which makes the wheels faster, even at a relatively shallow depth. On top of these benefits, the Plus LT is tubeless-compatible. There aren't a ton of road tubeless tires out there yet, but there are a few, and it's certainly going to be part of the future, so we're glad to see HED looking always forward, like usual.
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HED H3 FR Carbon Road Wheel - Clincher HED H3 FR Carbon Road Wheel - Clincher
Top-quality race wheels tend to be tubular, but what you would say to a clincher wheel that can provide the same level of smoothness and speed' That's what we though. HED's managed to make it happen, and its H3 FR Carbon Clincher Road Wheel will blow your mind with its combination of lateral and torsional stiffness, aerodynamic awesomeness, and unreal stability. As with any carbon race wheel, the priorities of the H3 are, in no particular order, speed, speed, and speed. The carbon-fiber layup keeps the rim feathery light, and the 53mm rim depth and 19mm width help you zip through the air like it's not even there. Three airfoil spokes reduce friction as you put the hammer down, and HED managed to design the H3 to be equally efficient and stable in headwinds and crosswinds. Topping it all off is HED's Stability Control Technology, which is so secret that the company won't even share what it actually is--suffice it to say that feeling like a wobbly sail in serious crosswinds will be a thing of the past.HED used top-secret carbon-fiber orientations, hush-hush resins, and a layup that's so advanced it doesn't technically exist to make the H3 as stiff as they come. The bead locks on to clincher wheels with no noticeable loss of smoothness comparable to tubular setups, but with the obvious advantage of easier replacement. An alloy brake track provides reliable stopping power, and FR Sonic hubs keep you whirring like a podium-topping machine. The front hub uses a convenient quick-release design, and the included titanium skewers keep your wheels locked solidly on your frame, so you have one less thing to worry about.
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HED H3 FR Carbon Road Wheel - Tubular HED H3 FR Carbon Road Wheel - Tubular
Though other time-trial and triathlon-specific wheels may be faster in certain conditions, the fact remains that the HED H3 FR Carbon Road Tubular Wheel cuts drag from all angles, making it a much more versatile performer when nasty crosswinds and variable wind patterns threaten your day at time-trial and triathlon events. Available as both a front and rear wheel, the H3 FR Wheel is a full carbon tubular, with a 55mm deep rim, airfoil section spokes, and smooth connection points for incredibly low drag. Its deep rim section reduces drag for maximum efficiency. The spokes' unique shaping is aided by HED's special sauce for cross-wind scenarios, referred to as Stability Control Technology. This technology prevents the wheel from feeling squirrely or unmanageable during gusty conditions. The HED H3 FR Wheels feature an ultra-slim 19mm width for ample clearance with the smallest of time-trial frames. Each wheel comes with a titanium skewer. HED recommends keeping rider weight under 250-pounds. Moreover, you'll find the rear wheel is compatible either Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo drivetrains.
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HED H3D FR Carbon Road Wheel - Tubular HED H3D FR Carbon Road Wheel - Tubular
There's a lot of physics knowledge required for a seriously in-depth discussion about the HED H3D FR Carbon Tubular Road Wheel, but we're not scientists, so we'll sum it up as best we can: it's damn fast. That said, it excels in fairly specific conditions, so you should be sure about how you're going to use it before you drop some fairly significant cash. By "specific conditions", we mean that the H3D is best at particular speeds. If you're going to be riding consistently faster than 25mph, it'll work well as a front wheel, but if you'll be dipping below 25mph, the H3D should only be ridden in the rear. This has a lot to do with the rim depth and things called yaw angles, but you don't need to tax your wee brain trying to understand those right now. What you do need to understand is that the H3D is one of the fastest, stablest non-disc wheels on the market. Its Uni woven-carbon rim fabric is incredibly stiff and light, and the 90mm rim depth connects smoothly with the airfoil section spokes to manage airflow and reduce resistance. The V-shaped rim is only 19mm wide, which minimizes the effects of wind when you're riding quickly and allows smooth airflow passage when you slow down. Hed also hooked the H3D up with its top-secret Stability Control Technology, which is so hush-hush that the company won't even say how it work, just that it helps minimize the effects of crosswinds, no matter the angle they come from. The H3D comes in both SRAM/Shimano- and Campangolo-compatible versions, and has a titanium skewer and ratchet ring to make sure it doesn't fall off in the middle of a ride.
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HED H3D FR Carbon Wheel - Clincher HED H3D FR Carbon Wheel - Clincher
If you're racing a triathlon that doesn't allow full-disc wheels, the HED H3D FR Carbon Wheels are a great option. They're the fastest wheels HED makes, save for the full discs, and being one of HED's fastest wheels is certainly something to brag about. The wheels are not only fast, but they're quite stable in a surprising variety of wind conditions, too -they're not headwind-only wheels, which my actually make them better than many disc wheels. The H3Ds have an aluminum brake track, which we find preferable in racing conditions, it's just one less thing to think about when you're maxed out. They include titanium skewers, and carry a recommended weight limit of 250lbs. Front and rear wheels are sold separately, and the rear is available with either Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo freehub bodies.
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HED Jet 4 Plus Black HED Jet 4 Plus Black
The advantages of deep, carbon rims are evident to anyone who has ever held 20-25 mph on flat, straight roads for an extended period. The disadvantages are equally evident, and they usually manifest as unresponsive, obnoxiously-loud braking or equally poor and obnoxious handling when a sudden crosswind throws you across the road. HED's Jet 4 Plus Black wheels remedy both issues with rim shaping and the newly improved Black braking track. The most striking feature setting the Jet Black models apart from the regular Jets is the black finish of the brake track, which is the result of HED's Turbine Braking Technology. HED claims this design nets some pretty impressive numbers, including stopping distances in dry and wet conditions that are reduced by 25% and 70%, respectively, and brake power consistency that enjoys a claimed 5x increase. It's also important to keep in mind that, since the Jets use an aluminum brake track, these are increases over the exceptional braking of alloy rims, not the poor braking of carbon, so the Jet Black models easily enjoy the most consistent stopping power of any aerodynamic wheels in the industry. This better-than-alloy brake track is also, obviously, black. We unashamedly admit that this appeals because it doesn't interrupt the otherwise stealth look of the 46mm carbon rims with a bright, silver brake strip. HED claims that the carbon fairings mounted to the Black rims loses 50-90 grams of aerodynamic drag compared to a conventional wheelset, which translates to around 25-40 seconds over 40k or five to eight watts per second. Those gains don't come at the expense of handling, though, as the blunted inner edge of the rim manages lateral air flow better than a true NACA airfoil design. The rims response to sudden gusts and side winds is more predictable, so while it's still affected, the handling stays intuitive rather than violent. The rims' aerodynamic savings are compounded by a reduction in the rolling resistance because of the...
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HED Jet 5 Express Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher HED Jet 5 Express Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher
By now you've likely read a thing or three about wide rims on the road. They round out the tire, they make the ride smoother, they're more aero. HED pioneered that in the modern age, realizing that if it could smooth the transition between tire and rim, the air would in turn flow more smoothly. The Jet 5 Express Clinchers follow this paradigm, with a 23mm external rim width. Additionally, at 54mm deep, and making use of a blunt-ish profile, they're aerodynamically powerful but not at the expense of handling. In short, the Jet 5s will give you the speed gains typical of a 60mm-deep wheel with the handling capabilities of something more in the 30mm range.
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HED Jet 6 Plus Black HED Jet 6 Plus Black
If you're an advanced enough initiate in your craft to be eyeing 60mm rims, then you probably don't need us to extol the virtues of the magic feeling aerodynamic wheels like HED's Jet 6 Plus Black bestow at speed. You're probably also familiar with the negative qualities of braking that tend to afflict deep carbon rims, and this is where we -- or more precisely, the Jet 6 Plus Black wheels -- can educate you. Instead of dodgy, screaming carbon brake tracks, the Jet 6 Black rims feature a specially machined and anodized alloy surface that HED calls Turbine Braking Technology. This surface nets claimed reductions in stopping distance of 25% and 70% in dry and wet conditions, respectively, and a 5x increase in braking consistency. Keeping in mind that this is in comparison to aluminum rims, not carbon, it's safe to assume that the Jet 6 Black wheels provide the most consistent braking in their category. We suspect that HED's unwillingness to divulge the secrets behind those gains might have less to do with the fact that it's jealously-guarded proprietary technology and more to do with the fact that it's some sort of black magic. Maybe. But you're here primarily for speed, not stopping, and HED also knows that faster speeds require a heightened sense of control that's often at odds with wheels of this depth. HED's Stability Control Technology (SCT), which reduces force put on the wheels by side winds at 0-15 degree yaw angles. This makes the Jet 6's 60mm depth handle with the intuitive predictability of a 30 or 40mm deep wheel with a true NACA airfoil cross section when the wind gets unruly. The rims' aerodynamic savings are compounded by a reduction in the rolling resistance because of the Jet 6's 25mm wide C2 rims. C2 rims increase the tire's volume and contact patch for lower rolling resistance, more grip in corners, and a more vertically-oriented side wall that is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface -- all of which translates to being ...
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HED Stinger 3 Carbon Disc Brake Road Wheelset - Tubular HED Stinger 3 Carbon Disc Brake Road Wheelset - Tubular
Change isn't always good--peanut-butter-and-pickle sandwiches are gross, no matter what people say--but when it's done right it can be awesome. HED nailed it with the Stinger 3 Carbon Disc Brake Tubular Road Wheelset, which combines new technology (hey, disc brakes!) with time-tested tubular rims for the ultimate in cyclocross awesomeness. Pretty much all high-performance wheels are made from carbon fiber these days, so there's no need to talk too much about it. HED did add an extra layer of carbon along the rim to boost the Stinger's durability on 'cross courses, though. The rim depth is also a shallow 33mm and the width a generous 22mm, dimensions that help manage crosswinds, reduce rolling resistance, and increase traction all at the same time. Pretty sweet. Disc brakes provide better modulation and stopping power, but HED wasn't satisfied by just letting you stick CenterLock rotors on and calling it good. It strengthened and stiffened its Carbon Sonic FR hubs to better handle the braking stresses generated by discs, and added front and rear grease ports for easy servicing, which is awesome when you take the general grime of cyclocross into account. HED even designed the rotors to be removable, so you can run rim brakes if you want. The Sapim CX-Ray spokes have also been redesigned to increase durability and strength. Even better, the whole set weighs just 1200g, so it won't make it tough to throw your bike over your shoulder and run through obstacles.
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HED Stinger 4 FR Carbon Road Wheelset - Tubular HED Stinger 4 FR Carbon Road Wheelset - Tubular
By now you've heard the words toroidal and hybritoroidal thrown around by virtually every carbon wheel manufacturer. But, did you know that Steve Hed was granted the patent for them in 1991' HED's first toroidal shapes and deep rims were designed in 1989. So, to put it bluntly, other manufacturers have been playing catch-up for quite some time. While they play, HED continues to design some of the most technologically advanced wheels around, and the HED Stinger 4 FR Tubular Road Wheelset is no exception. The HED Stinger 4 Carbon Tubular Wheel benefits directly from Steve Hed's original rim design. The C2 platform rims are 46mm deep and 28mm wide on the outside, as compared to most rims that are only 19mm wide and 19-23mm deep. The reason for the greater width is because 23mm tires really are, for the most part, the minimum tire width you should be using on the road. A 23mm tire on a wider rim changes the tire's footprint, so it grips better in a straight line and it grips better in turns because the tire deforms more evenly. A 23mm tire on a 28mm rim also has lower rolling resistance.If you're planning on wrapping the Stinger 4s in even wider tires (e. g. 32mm cyclocross or Roubaix tubulars) you'll no doubt be pleased with the outcome. This is because the wider rim better supports the larger tire volume, preventing the tire from mushing around or feeling sloppy. In addition, the wide rim shape also means more contact between the rim and tire, which in turn means that it's much harder for the tires to roll off, thanks to the fact that the rims cradle the tire better and there is more surface area to which to glue it.The Stinger 4s come standard with HED's Carbon FR Sonic hubs. The hubs have a carbon fiber center section and use a minimalist shape in order to maximize aerodynamic characteristics. Both the front and rear hubs run ABEC5 bearings on oversize aluminum axles: 12mm in front, 15mm in rear. The oversized axles are stiff, and with less deflection th...
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HED Stinger 5 Carbon Disc Brake Road Wheelset - Tubular HED Stinger 5 Carbon Disc Brake Road Wheelset - Tubular
In 2010, the UCI lifted the ban on disc brakes in cyclocross races. And while athletes were suddenly imbued with increased speed modulation and stopping power, it was dependent on having the right wheels. Wheel manufacturers were slow to develop the perfect 'cross disc wheel -- except for HED. And now that they have been in the game a few years, the Stinger 5 Disc Brake Tubular Wheelset has the perfect ratio of strength, weight, and stiffness. It's capable of taking on any course in any weather and giving you every advantage imaginable. HED constructed the Stinger 5 Disc Tubular from its own blend of lightweight and durable carbon fiber. HED has even added an extra layer of carbon fiber over the rim to enhance the Stinger's durability over rough terrain. And to compensate for its 50mm depth, HED designed the rims with its SCT Technology. This means that the wheel has been tuned in accordance to handling at its depth. Ultimately, SCT strikes the ideal balance between crosswind handling and aerodynamic gains without compromising the Stinger's weight or naturally rigidity. Additionally, the Stinger features a 28mm-wide rim design that's intended to run a 25mm or larger tire. This wider-is-better technology isn't a bunch of marketing smoke and mirrors, however. It directly results in an 18% reduction to rolling resistance, and a massive gain to laminar airflow over the 50mm rim depth of the wheels. More importantly, for 'cross purposes, the width means more surface area to glue onto, creating a more stable surface for tight cornering and rugged terrain.Now, HED just didn't take its Stinger 5 and add disc-compatible hubs to it. It reworked the wheel to accommodate the additional stresses of cyclocross racing. The spokes are Sapim's popular and aerodynamic CX-Ray J-Bend spokes with self-securing aluminum nipples. Both wheels use 24 of them. And of course, the Stinger 5 Disc also received new hubs to accommodate rotors. The venerable Carbon Sonic FR Hubs have been rede...
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HED Stinger 5 FR Carbon Road Wheelset - Tubular HED Stinger 5 FR Carbon Road Wheelset - Tubular
The icons of our sport are not the brawniest of men, at least not physically. Mentally, though, their toughness far outweighs muscles,and it is that toughness that makes them compelling to watch. Like these icons of sport, the HED Stinger 5 FR Carbon Tubular Wheelset isn't the biggest, deepest or brawniest wheelset available, but, it just might be the toughest. Built with an extra layer of carbon fiber, the 50mm-deep Stinger 5 wheelset is built to motor over the roughest surfaces and handle the worst tarmac. In addition, HED engineers gave the Stinger 5s a raised rim bed to better accommodate 25mm or wider tires, making them not just great road wheels, but also durable enough to take on a cyclocross race.As in the rest of the Stinger line, HED engineers incorporated their C2 technology into the Stinger 5 wheelset. C2 stands for the two C's that the rim is designed to minimize: Cda, or aerodynamic resistance, and Crr, or rolling resistance. The width is designed to maximize the efficiency of air passing over the tire and rim by smoothing out the airflow. It also maximizes the efficiency of tires by providing better support and a better contact patch for the tire. Because of the width, you'll minimize rolling resistance and maximize aerodynamics by using 22-23mm wide tires. They'll also seat better and ride better over rough road surfaces.The Stinger 5s come standard with HED's Carbon FR Sonic hubs. The hubs have a carbon fiber center section and use a minimalist shape in order to maximize aerodynamic characteristics. Both the front and rear hubs run ABEC5 bearings on oversize aluminum axles: 12mm in front, 15mm in rear. The oversized axles are stiff, and with less deflection the bearings run smoother and with less drag. The front hub has aluminum end caps with a carbon-fiber center, and the rear hub is all aluminum with a grease port covered by a carbon-fiber cap. The pawl mechanism for the cassette body ratchets on a titanium ratchet ring. At the rear, you'll n...
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Industry Nine C58 Aero Disc Wheelset Industry Nine C58 Aero Disc Wheelset
Fast, stable, reliable, and made in the good 'ol US of A are all characteristics Industry Nine is proud to say its new C58 Aero Disc Wheelset fully embodies. These new wheels are exclusive to Competitive Cyclist, and they're made by North Carolina's talented group of wheelbuilders for those looking to get the most out of their disc-equipped machines. The heart of the C-series road wheels lies in the redesigned Torch road hub, and, as always, the artfully machined hubset is built in North Carolina by people who ride hard. And while the exquisite anodized finish is eye catching, it's what's inside that really counts. Namely, the new Torch three pawl driver. It's the same driver used in the Torch mountain hubset, and like their mountain brethren, it's rated to withstand 700 ft/lbs of torque. In other words, unless you're powering your bike via a built diesel engine, there is zero chance of slippage under power as long as the hub is well maintained. Speaking of which, Industry Nine manufactures its own Teflon contact seals at the endcaps, which effectively seals the hub against the most tenacious mud in 'cross racing, and they run drag-free, for logging those road miles. The wheelset makes use of Sapim's trusted CX-Ray stainless steel spokes to maintain their perfect roundness. These forged, bladed spokes have a reputation as the planet's strongest, stiffest option for securing a hub to a rim, which will quell any fears of failure, no matter how many potholes you manage to ride through. Enhancing the strength is a 2:1 lacing pattern on the 24 spoke rear wheel, with eight of those spokes on the non-drive side, and 16 on the drive side. The result is reduced wind-up of the wheels under power for phenomenal power transfer, but with the lightness that comes with reduced spoke counts. Industry Nine's core competency is in working with metal, so the master machinists from North Carolina paired up with the carbon gurus at Reynolds to supply a carbon fiber rim worthy of ...
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Industry Nine i35 Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher Industry Nine i35 Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher
We love the smooth, fast ride of carbon rims, but let's face it, we also want a wheelset that has character. And whether it's the stunning anodized finish, or the fact that the hubs are built in North Carolina by fanatical cyclists, there's no denying that the Industry Nine i35 Carbon Clincher Wheelset has character in spades. Running the all-new Torch road hub, which mates mile-crushing efficiency to a perfectly sealed, low-drag engagement mechanism, the i35's are race ready. But if you decide you want to use them for training rides, we wouldn't blame you. They're more than tough enough. The fact that they're so darn pretty is just the cherry on top. The heart of the I-series road wheels lies the redesigned Torch road hub, and as always, the artfully machined hubset is built in North Carolina by people who ride hard. And while the exquisite anodized finish is eye catching, it's what's inside that really counts. Namely, the new Torch three pawl driver. It's the same driver used in the Torch mountain hubset, and like their mountain brethren, the I-series road hub is rated to withstand 700 ft/lbs of torque. In other words, unless you're powering your bike via a built diesel engine, there is zero chance of slippage under power as long as the hub is well maintained. Speaking of which, Industry Nine manufactures its own Teflon contact seals at the endcaps, which effectively seals the hub against the most tenacious mud in 'cross racing, and they run drag-free, for logging those road miles. Unlike I9's mountain wheelsets, the I-series wheelset makes use of Sapim's trusted CX-Ray stainless steel spokes to maintain their perfect roundness. These forged, bladed spokes have a reputation as the planet's strongest, stiffest option for securing a hub to a rim, which will quell any fears of failure, no matter how many potholes you manage to ride through. Enhancing the strength is a 2:1 lacing pattern on the 24 spoke rear wheel, with eight of those spokes on the non-drive side...
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Industry Nine i45 Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher Industry Nine i45 Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher
There's something special about the ride of a deep carbon clincher, especially when said carbon rim is laced to an especially fast-rolling hubset. Such is the case with the Industry Nine i45 Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset. With an American-made hubset, Sapim spokes, and Reynolds SLG carbon fiber rims, the handling and ride quality speak for themselves. And let's face it, when you're looking at a top level wheelset, there should really be something extra that makes you want to go ride. We can't make any promises, but the stunning anodized finish and beautiful lines of the I9 Torch hubset should do the trick. The heart of the I-series road wheels lies in the redesigned Torch road hub, and as always, the artfully machined hubset is built in North Carolina by people who ride hard. And while the exquisite anodized finish is eye catching, it's what's inside that really counts. Namely, the new Torch three pawl driver. It's the same driver used in the Torch mountain hubset, and like their mountain brethren, the I-series road hub is rated to withstand 700 ft/lbs of torque. In other words, unless you're powering your bike via a built diesel engine, there is zero chance of slippage under power as long as the hub is well maintained. Speaking of which, Industry Nine manufactures its own Teflon contact seals at the endcaps, which effectively seals the hub against the most tenacious mud in 'cross racing, and they run drag-free, for logging those road miles. Unlike I9's mountain wheelsets, the I-series wheelset makes use of Sapim's trusted CX-Ray stainless steel spokes to maintain their perfect roundness. These forged, bladed spokes have a reputation as the planet's strongest, stiffest option for securing a hub to a rim, which will quell any fears of failure, no matter how many potholes you manage to ride through. Enhancing the strength is a 2:1 lacing pattern on the 24 spoke rear wheel, with 8 of those spokes on the non-driveside, and 16 on the drive side. The result is reduce...
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Mercury Wheels M5 Clincher Wheelset Mercury Wheels M5 Clincher Wheelset
It's appropriate that Mercury Wheels' name and logo reference a Roman god who is the patron of, among other things, travelers and thieves. Atop Mercury's M5 Clincher Wheelset, Eric Marcotte journeyed from his day job in Arizona to Chattanooga, Tennessee to nab the 2014 US national championship ahead of the pros of the European peloton. It's the ultimate race wheel for the working cyclist. If you're in the market for deep dish carbon rims, then you've probably already made the assumption that the number in the M5's name denotes a depth of 55mm. The rim's width is left out, though, and rim width is a big deal these days. The M5 is a solid 23. 5mm wide, which means you can run lower PSI for a more comfortable ride that corners with unparalleled confidence. Wider rims also have some counter-intuitive effects when compared to those standard 19mm rims: they actually decrease rolling resistance and increase aerodynamics. The M5s' construction uses Mercury's Dual Carbon Layer Process, or DLP. DLP blends high- and mid-moduli carbon fibers to tease out the best balance between the lightweight and stiffness of the former and the fatigue-resistance and durability of the latter. DLP has also recently been updated with a newly engineered brake track material, improving stopping power over the previous, basalt-infused design. This increased confidence goes a long way toward addressing the poor braking that is one of the most common critiques of carbon wheels. The aerodynamic benefits of a deep dish rim are further complemented by Mercury's Seamless Transition Technology (STT), which integrates the brake strip with the rest of the rim in order to eliminate any obstructions to wind flow and reduce drag-causing turbulence. The result of this construction is a wheel that balances the above qualities with considerations of weight for what Mercury claims is its "most popular wheel by far." The M5s are finished off with Sapim's indefatigable CX-Ray spokes and Mercury's own hubs. T...
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Shimano C35 Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher Shimano C35 Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher
If you want stable, aerodynamic ride quality from Shimano's Dura-Ace wheel lineup, the C35 Carbon Clincher Wheelset is for you. The C35's weight is centered at the hubs to reduce rim and rotational weight. Combined with the aerodynamic 35mm rim depth, this wheelset gets up to speed faster than others and requires less effort to stay there. Shimano's angular contact bearings have a unique shape that allows them to be pushed as far outboard as possible. This makes the wheels capable of holding higher spoke tensions for a more agreeable ride quality. The C35 features Shimano's widest hub flanges ever, drastically increasing torsional and lateral rigidity, and guaranteeing maximum power transfer to your wheels. This Carbon Wheelset gets Shimano's OptBal 2:1 spoke lacing pattern. When examining spoke pull at the rear wheel, you'll notice that, under load, the non-drive side spokes pull twice as hard against the drive side spokes. So, Shimano changed the ratio of spokes between the sides. Now, the rear drive side features 21, three-cross stainless steel spokes, while the non-drive side has 7 radial laced spokes. This shift in the spoke ratio creates a perfect balance while force is being applied. The wheels still use just as many driving spokes as a 28-hole wheel, but with greater efficiency, balance, and weight savings. And to support this new system, the C35 uses an offset rim to reduce severity of the spoke angle on the drive side to increase lateral rigidity. The C35 wheelset uses ultra-stiff, oversized A7075 alloy axles and a quick-engaging titanium freehub body for even more efficiency. For braking, the wheels feature an aluminum brake track for a predictable stopping power that won't overheat the rim. Altogether, each component of the wheel has been designed as a symbiotic system for the ultimate in aerodynamics, efficiency, and pure speed.
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Shimano XTR M9000-TL Race 29-inch Clincher Wheelset Shimano XTR M9000-TL Race 29-inch Clincher Wheelset
Shimano's XTR drivetrain has been completely revamped with the introduction of the latest 9000 series, and we're extremely happy to report similar reinvention of the excellent XTR wheelsets. The Shimano XTR M9000-TL Race 29-inch Clincher Wheelset is your new best XTR option for a race-ready cross-country clincher. The new XTR wheels are built with Shimano's new carbon-laminated alloy rim construction. The technique capitalizes on the advantages of both materials while using each to compensate for the other's shortcomings. For example, full-carbon wheels can be prohibitively expensive. Aluminum rims can be cheaper, but often heavier, sometimes weaker, and ride quality can be compromised, as well. Shimano decided to engineer the two in conjunction with each other: a lightweight alloy rim extrusion receives full carbon fiber reinforcement here, the result being a durable, light, and relatively inexpensive rim that is torsionally stiff, vertically forgiving, and doesn't cost a down payment on a car. We love the new look, too. The Race version of the rims are 20mm wide internally, while the Trail versions are wider, at 24mm internally, to accommodate wider tires and create a larger contact patch for greater control in technical situations. Down in the hubs, proprietary bearings keep the precision-machined hubs spinning for years, and a revised axle and bearing configuration saves a bit of weight, as well. The Shimano XTR M9000-TL Race 29-inch Clincher Wheelset comes with a 142x12mm rear axle, and 100x15mm front axle, and a freehub body that can accommodate Shimano 10- or 11-speed XTR drivetrains. Both front and rear wheels have 28 spokes, and both are compatible with CenterLock rotors only.
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Shimano XTR WH-M9000-TL 27.5in Wheelset Shimano XTR WH-M9000-TL 27.5in Wheelset
Shimano's benchmark XTR groupset was recently re-engineered from top to bottom, and the wheels received the same treatment. New rim construction shines to make race-ready hoops like the new Shimano XTR M9000-TL Race 27. 5-inch Clincher Wheelset some of the most effective XC weaponry of the new racing season. The new XTR wheels are built with Shimano's new carbon-laminated alloy rim construction. The technique capitalizes on the advantages of both materials while using each to compensate for the other's shortcomings. For example, full-carbon wheels can be prohibitively expensive. Aluminum rims can be cheaper, but often heavier, sometimes weaker, and ride quality can be compromised, as well. Shimano decided to engineer the two in conjunction with each other: a lightweight alloy rim extrusion receives full carbon fiber reinforcement here, the result being a durable, light, and relatively inexpensive rim that is torsionally stiff, vertically forgiving, and doesn't cost a down payment on a car. We love the new look, too. The Race version of the rims are 20mm wide internally, while the Trail versions are wider, at 24mm internally, to accommodate wider tires and create a larger contact patch for greater control in technical situations. Down in the hubs, proprietary bearings keep the precision-machined hubs spinning for years, and a revised axle and bearing configuration saves a bit of weight, as well. The Shimano XTR M9000-TL Race 27. 5-inch Clincher Wheelset comes with a 142x12mm rear axle, and 100x15mm front axle, and a freehub body that can accommodate Shimano 10- or 11-speed XTR drivetrains. Both front and rear wheels have 28 spokes, and both are compatible with CenterLock rotors only.
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Shimano XTR WH-M9020-TL 27.5in Wheelset Shimano XTR WH-M9020-TL 27.5in Wheelset
Not too big, not too small, not too heavy, not too fragile, and not too expensive, the Shimano XTR WH-M9020-Tl 27. 5in Wheelset fills the need for a race-inspired MTB wheel that rides at a high level without getting banged up or costing you your firstborn (and it won't even eat your pre-ride porridge). When Shimano redesigned its XTR drivetrains, it figured it needed a new wheel to go with it, so here we are. The M9020 is based off the XC-race-ready M9000, and employs Shimano's carbon-laminated rim construction, which maximizes the advantages and minimizes the disadvantages of both materials. Carbon reinforcements keep the aluminum nice and stiff, while the aluminum keeps the ride relatively smooth and the price relatively affordable. The M9000 is also 4mm wider internally, which accommodates wider tires and creates a larger contact area, so you'll have more traction when your circumstances start getting treacherous. Both wheels are set up with Shimano XTR M9000 hubs, which'll spin until the sun collapses on
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Zipp 202 Carbon Clincher Disc Brake Wheel Zipp 202 Carbon Clincher Disc Brake Wheel
ZIPP's famous for making some of the fastest wheels on the road, but it's taking things to the next level with the 202 Carbon Clincher Disc Brake wheel. To make the most of your speed, you have to harness serious stopping power, and ZIPP's done that by setting the 202 up to ridden with disc brakes, which increase modulation, respond immediately, and work in all conditions, so you can ride harder and with more confidence.Of course, for the brakes to matter you need to be able to hit high speeds in the first place. ZIPP redesigned the 202 with its Firecrest carbon-fiber technology, which decreases air resistance, increases stiffness, and boosts the 202's speed and stability on the descent. By widening the rim slightly, ZIPP increased traction and stability while decreasing rolling resistance, and used complex computer simulations to figure out that the added width is also beneficial for clincher-style wheels. The carbon is microscopically dimpled, like a golf ball, to reduce drag, and the shape of the 202 is designed to excel in real-world crosswinds, not just controlled laboratory conditions.If you're psyched about the increased convenience of a top-shelf clincher, you might also be worried about its smoothness, compared to a tubular wheel. Don't be. ZIPP fused an aluminum hoop to the carbon structure, which acts as a gentle spring to smooth out road vibration, and inserted a magical viscoelastic material between the carbon laminates to further smooth out your ride. Topping things off, ZIPP hooked the 202 up with ZIPP 88 and ZIPP 188/V9 front and rear hubs, respectively, and strung the wheels with Sapim X-Ray stainless steel spokes. Titanium skewers lock the wheels on to your dropouts, and Swiss Steel bearings keep you spinning smoothly for thousands and thousands of miles. The 202 is compatible with six-bolt disc brake rotors only--no rim brakes here--and is intended for riders weighing up to 250lbs.
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Zipp 30 Road Wheel - Clincher Zipp 30 Road Wheel - Clincher
Zipp engineers built the 30 Road Clincher Wheels for demanding cyclists looking for everyday versatility. You'll get the speed, ride quality, and durability you need for road training or cyclocross races. Redesigned from the ground up, the 30s use Zipp's experience to create a more aerodynamic clincher wheelset. With features like parallel brake tracks for greater stopping power, Zipp manufactured these clinchers differently than their 101s--increasing stability, cornering grip, and ride comfort. A new hub design rests at the heart of the wheelset. Zipp used ultra-strong and lightweight 7075 T-6 aluminum for the shell and stainless-steel bearings to keep you spinning smoothly. No pre-load adjustment is required thanks to Zipp's Precision Set design. Laced with Sapim CX-Ray spokes, the 30s are ready for everything you can throw at them. Lightweight and aerodynamic, these stainless steel spokes are stiff enough for racing but still have a comfortable ride for training.
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Zipp Super-9 Carbon Disc Wheel - Tubular Zipp Super-9 Carbon Disc Wheel - Tubular
The Super-9 Carbon Tubular Disc Wheel is lightweight, stiff, and marks Zipp's fastest wheel to date. The wheel features a similar perimeter shape as the super-fast Sub-9, but Zipp streamlines the Super-9 by making it flat from its widest point all the way to the hub. Not only does this make the Super-9 fast, but it's also stiffer than previous iterations. To eliminate drag, the Super-9 feature Zipp's Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control (ABLC), which is a dimpling pattern that manages and smooths airflow across the surface. The Super-9 is equipped with a hub manufactured with high-voltage EDM technology, which allows Zipp to machine 50% harder materials. The Super-9 is available with Campagnolo and Shimano/SRAM 11-speed compatible freehubs, and it is also convertible to a track setup.
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Zipp Super-9 Carbon Track Disc Wheel - Tubular Zipp Super-9 Carbon Track Disc Wheel - Tubular
The ride of tubulars is legend, and the Zipp Super-9 Carbon Track Disc Wheel is prepared to show you why. When combined with the smooth surface of a velodrome, you'll enjoy such a sure-footed, comfortable ride that, while you won't be in danger of falling asleep during your next six day, you'll also experience far less vibration-induced fatigue during long races. The Super-9 tub also drops almost 100 grams of weight compared to its clincher counterpart, meaning it spins up fast and won't hinder accelerations when you're trying to gain laps or respond to an attack. Comfort and low weight don't mean the wheels are soft, though. Zipp also incorporates Kevlar thread in their carbon layup, which catches and disperses shock from impacts up to 350% better than carbon alone. This benefit is especially pronounced in the tire bed, where the rim is in greatest danger of taking damage due to unexpected impacts like, say, the calamitous cat that almost took out Cavendish on the track in Ghent. While that comfort and durability stuff is certainly nothing to scoff at, you're ultimately here because of the aerodynamic benefits afforded by Zipp's wheels. The Super-9 carbon clincher still has a dimpling pattern that's specific to the 900, which helps smooth the air flow in order to minimize drag. Its Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control (ABLC) carbon fiber skins are embossed with over 4900 golf ball-like dimples in five different sizes patterned to reduce turbulence. You get less drag in all wind angles, as well as less buffeting of the disc in crosswinds. The hub used is Zipp's durable track hub, with internals manufactured using a high-voltage wire EDM technology. This specialized manufacturing process, usually reserved for avionics and Formula One gearboxes, lets Zipp machine 50% harder materials at tolerances 20 times greater than standard machining and heat treating. The result is a sub-200g hub that can handle the torque of a four-cylinder car engine.
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