HED have been producing aerodynamic wheels for over thirty years now, but the Vanquish, their latest creation, is certainly one that is giving us huge levels of excitement. When they eventually finalised all of the details and specifications for the Vanquish we were certain that we had made quite an evolutionary step in the genre of aerodynamic wheels.
A question of safety and performance gains.
The Vanquish has been a long process. It is our first full carbon wheel that is suitable for clincher and tubeless tyres. While other manufacturers hurriedly pushed carbon as the material of choice for aerodynamic clincher wheels we weren’t convinced. We repeatedly asked ourselves why carbon was being utilised within carbon clincher wheels by all of our rivals. Certainly, a carbon wheel can be made with very little weight, but to try and achieve even the minimal safety level, in desperate attempt to avoid tyre and tube failure due to overheating rims under braking, the carbon often had to be reinforced. This resulted in minimal, if any, weight loss over an aluminium rim all while the question of safety remained large.
New opportunity. New brief. New levels of performance.
Taking these major new points we started with a completely blank canvas. The result? The Vanquish. The Vanquish does more than just replicate the profile of our already best-in-class Jet wheel. We have completely redesigned the rim profile of the Vanquish making it even wider. The maximum rim width is now a whopping 30mm and this, along with the all new rim profile, works in perfect unison, aerodynamically speaking, with the new breed of wider clincher tyres. The Vanquish hits an aerodynamic sweet spot with the use of 22mm-25mm wide tyres but, if you fancy a little more comfort or are tackling rough roads then there is very little aero penalty with tyres even up to 28mm in width..
All important details
The groundbreaking performance of the Vanquish is achieved within a rim that is lighter, stiffer, more comfortable and more responsive than any other rim we have ever produced. These traits, coupled with our super smooth hubs, hand build and enhanced, disc brake performance result in the fastest wheel, per depth that we have ever produced. Whether seeking ultimate performance on the road or exploring the gravel, the Vanquish is the new benchmark.
Our Vanquish rim is actually made on site in our own Minnesota factory. This allows us to stringently adhere to our own super high levels of quality control. The Vanquish is fast, reliable, easy to maintain and is super safe, with these attributes combining to offer the rider the ultimate peace of mind from every aspect.
- RIM TYPE: Tubeless-ready clincher
- RIM DEPTH: 40mm
- RIM WIDTH: 30mm
- INTERNAL RIM WIDTH: 21mm
- BRAKING SURFACE: Disc brake only
- RECOMMENDED BRAKE PAD: Disc brake only
- HUB MODEL: Hed 545 disc brake
- FRONT AXLE: 12mm Thru, 15mm Thru or Q/R
- REAR AXLE: 12mm Thru, 142mm spacing or Q/R, 135mm spacing
- BUILD AND SPOKES: x 24 front / x 24 rear
- SPOKE TYPE: Bladed steel
- WHEEL SIZE: 700c
- WHEEL SET WEIGHT: 1,511g (Front: 712g / Rear: 799g)
- RECOMMENDED TIRE SIZE: 22mm - 28mm
- MAX RECOMMENDED TYRE PRESSURE: 90psi
- RIDER WEIGHT: Standard: <102kg
- INCLUDES: Valve Extenders, Tubeless-Ready Rim Tape
About The Brand
Always at the forefront of innovation HED wheels are the most advanced in their field. The introduction of the first disc wheel and their first aero spoked wheel during the 80’s signalled their arrival. Ever since, HED wheels have continued to evolve, always being the first to push new performance boundaries.