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HED - Jet 6 Plus Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher

HED Jet 6 Plus Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher

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$999.99 Original price:$1,599.95
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    Tech Specs

    Rim Material:
    aluminum, [foil] carbon fiber
    Tire Type:
    Rim Depth:
    60 mm
    Rim Width:
    25 mm
    Brake Compatibility:
    HED Sonic
    included, steel
    Sapim CX-Ray
    Spoke Count:
    18 / 24
    Claimed Weight:
    [front] 724 g, [rear] 936 g, [complete set] 1660 g
    Recommended Use:
    road cycling, cyclecross
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    2 years

    Jet 6 Plus Carbon Road Wheelset

    Wheels of the deep-dish — greater than 50mm — variety excel on flat courses, but very often we find ourselves on courses riddled with hills. Now, if they were just long drawn out grades, then any deep-dish would do. But all too often, they are of the brutal switchback variety where drafting is quickly negated. The HED Jet 6 Plus Clincher is a wheelset for the switchbacks. It's a dangerous cliche to say that the Jet 6 is a 'one-quiver' wheel, but that's exactly how HED designed it. It's heavier than a traditional climbing wheelset, but for most moderate hills, it's still more efficient and inherently faster.

    Over the past 26 years of engineering wheels, Steve Hed's end goal remains the same: simply make them as fast as possible. So, it's almost a given that HED aerodynamics are superb. However, what you might not know is that these wheels' aerodynamics are equally matched by their low rolling resistance. We have HED's C2 rim concept concept to thank for this. Essentially, C2 is about reduction of the two C's — less Cda (aerodynamic drag) and less Crr (rolling resistance). Accordingly, a 25mm rim width makes this possible, and is mainly responsible for the wider-is-better campaign that's been replicated throughout the market. But, you're certainly wondering, why wider? Well, the width provides what can be described as an 'aero shroud' for the rest of the wheel. This also changes the nature of the tire's contact patch with the road.

    However, HED also knows that faster speeds require a heightened sense of control. This becomes evident through HED testing, as it found that rim depths which cross the forty or fifty-millimeter threshold grow increasingly more difficult to handle in crosswinds. So, HED engineered a solution that it calls Stability Control Technology, or SCT. In regards to the wheel shape, at 0-15 degree yaw angles, SCT reduces the force put on the wheels by side winds. This makes the Jet 6's 60mm depth handle more like a 30 or 40mm deep wheel in crosswinds.

    HED laces the rims to its Sonic hubs, which feature silky ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles — 12mm in front and 15mm in rear. Oversized axles flex less, resulting in smoother bearing loads and less mechanical drag. And its not only the axle that received a bigger-is-better treatment, as the hub flanges are spaced as wide apart as possible in order to create a stronger bracing angle. And again, this results in increased lateral stiffness.

    Easing the maintenance to the rear hub, HED included a grease port and carbon port cap. True, it's a subtle convenience, but rejoice that this capped port ensures that you'll no longer need to rebuild your rear hub after repeated washings.

    As we mentioned, the fairing is bonded to the rim, which means that the spokes engage at the rim rather than at the end of the fairing. The result is not only an increase to aerodynamics, as there are no exposed nipples, but also to an increase in lateral strength. However, like all wheels, there are nipples, and for them, HED used Sapim hex-headed aluminum nipples. These are treated with a light thread-locking compound and are accessed from inside the rim. They anchor the venerable Sapim CX-Ray spokes. The 18 front spokes are straight-pull, while the 24 rear spokes are J-bend for both sides.

    At the rear, you'll notice a two-cross lacing pattern on both sides. HED did this for a simple reason — with ever-stiffer frames, the force of stomping on the pedals was increasing force on the wheels, which has in turn reduced mechanical efficiency. To counteract these forces, HED stiffened up the rear wheel so that no power would be lost to wheel flexing, thus putting more power into driving the bike forward.

    The HED Jet 6 Clincher Wheelset is available with either a Campagnolo or Shimano compatible freehub body. Please note that both freehub bodies accept 11-speed cassettes, and that they're easily swapped out with two 5mm hex keys. The wheels come with HED steel-shafted skewers, valve extenders, and rim strips. Also worth mention is that HED does NOT recommend these wheels for riders exceeding 190lbs.

    • A deep section wheel for speed that doesn't sacrifice braking
    • Aluminum braking surface handles the heat and rain better
    • Generous internal width improves traction and comfort
    • A dedicated carbon fairing boosts aerodynamics
    • Clincher profile for racing and training needs
    • HED continues to advance the development of aerodynamic wheelsets

    vast improvement over stock

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great improvement over the wheels that came with my bike without costing more than I paid for the bike. Instantly noticed a different with these wheels. My stock wheels were pretty standard and nothing special, but the difference going to the HED wheels was immediately noticeable all-around. These wheels roll better, are more comfortable, and engage quicker. The aero benefits are more noticeable than I imagined they would be.

    Great Wheels at a Great Price!

      Have used this wheels for more than a year and love them, very stiff, light and high quality, not easy to find at this price!

      Great wheels

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      My specialized tarmac pro's wheels cracked so I bought these to replace with Continental 4000 tubeless and they are smoking fast! KOMs that I've tried multiple times are coming easy for me! It made my bike feel like a brand new machine! I've had them for about 6 weeks now.

      Smokin' wheelset...

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought the white lettered 6+ here about 3 years ago for $800! The black lettered ones had just come out. Since then, I have 6,000 miles on them.
      Not one single issue, maintained through a bike shop only once.
      I run attack/force on them- the HED technician said this was the fastest aero wheelset. They are 22 and 23mm, but on the 6+ rim, they are 27 mm wide.

      They are smokin' fast. Easily add 10% to flat road speed. I'm mid 40s, and 190 lbs (so max rated),
      ASCENTS: I can't climb like I used to, but I am still ok...
      DESCENTS: I own every KOM locally , from 30 km HC runs to 500m declines. I have touched 61 mph on these wheels- on a 12% grade without turns stretched over a mile. Regularly I am over 50 mph...

      CROSSWINDS: what crosswinds? I never get blown around. Maybe it's because I'm a heavier rider...

      I can't imaging buying anything else...

      Sounds awesome, I purchased these last week and will receive them today, I really hope they live up to Your hype... ✌🏼

      Update- 08/5/20, I truly love these rims, especially on descents and flats, the difference is noticable, these hub's just flow... Happy with the purchase.

      Great wheels for the money

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      If you are looking for any affordable aero wheelset that wont completely break the bank, I would strongly recommend the Hed Jet 6 Plus. The aluminum brake track does not compromise braking performance like you get with some carbon wheels. The 60mm depth cuts thru the wind like a champ and the weight penalty for the aluminum rim in minimal. I run these on my tri bike with 25mm contis and have been extremely satisfied.

      Great wheels for the money

      aero and stiff with dependable braking

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I got a couple rides in on a demo set of these wheels and have initial impressions to share.

      This is an aluminum rim with a thin fairing over the structural portion of the rim. You can squeeze the fairing with your hand because of how thin it is. I mention this because some customers have called in, surprised about it.

      The wheel itself is stiffer than I'd anticipated, and the aero benefits are noticeable. As is always the case with HED, the quality and construction are solid. Considering the depth and the benefit of aluminum braking, as opposed to a carbon brake track that you'd typically find on a wheel of this depth, the claimed weight of 1,760 grams is reasonable. I would recommend this wheelset to anyone looking for a superbly dependable, aero, stiff wheelset that comes with the safety and dependability of an aluminum braking track.