Monday, October 22, 2007

HED3 Front Wheel Review...

Alright so here's the deal. This fucking wheel RULES! Okay, so yeah it looks cool and it's hella trendy to put aero type wheels on the front of your track bike but guess what- WHO GIVES A FUCK. This wheel fucking performs! And in my book that takes precedence over anything else. While I would LOVE to get a matching rear, I'm skeptical about that due to gnarly NYC streets I frequent. I just don't like the idea of riding one of these wheels with the brunt of my weight on it. BUT, for a front wheel- it's PERFECT. It does an awesome job slicing though the wind and makes this great whawhawhawhawha noise. It's also a tubular so the lower rolling resistance is key. The difference between riding a standard front and then switching to the HED3 is definitely noticeable. I find myself keeping a steady pace easier and notice the bike is a little faster that before. I ride a 48/17 gear ratio and I tend to feel the onslaught of over spin a lot more than I used to. As for the price, uuuuh yeah, not so nice. New this wheel retails for around $700 but you can of course find some very good used condition ones on ebay for around $3-400 bones. Being the lucky fuck that I am I got a BRAND NEW one for $350 including a preglued tubular. I was at my Boy Nelson's shop (strictly bicycles) and he had it hanging up. I scoped it out for the hell of it and noticed that there was a small indent in one of the blades. Nothing structural of course but enough to turn someone way off from spending top dollar on it. Right away I though: 'oooo, discount!'. He hooked me the fuck up and I walked away happy as a mofo. Filled in the hole with some silicone to keep the moisture out and painted the machined sidewall black to match my bike. I would say that the one and only drawback to this wheel is of course the price. You could easily get a nice new matching SET of wheels for the same or less. Aside from that I def recommend getting one. You won't regret it...until you have to glue another tubular on it, hehe...
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope it explodes you moron

CyclingWMD said...

What are you a child? p.s. -Anonymous = HUGE pussy.. So go fuck yourself you inexperienced windbag..