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HED Alps wheels- anyone ride them?? Comments appreciated.(3 posts)

HED Alps wheels- anyone ride them?? Comments appreciated.Izoard
Aug 14, 2003 5:37 PM

I am thinking of purchasing a set for time trials and racing (clinchers- trading weight for ease of swapping tires, Campy 10spd). Does anyone have any comments about these wheels or others which are similar like Zipp 404's.

Are they strictly for TTs and crits or can they be used in hilly road races?

For comparison, I have raced entirly on Mavic Ksyrium SSC SLs this year and love them.


Aug 15, 2003 6:45 AM
I have both the Ks and a set of Alps- HED is a local company and I picked them up as lightly used factory direct for a ridiculously low price (like what a set of DA/OPs would cost). I was planning on building a TT bike...

Anyway, the jury is still out. I've been still using the Ks. The Alps appear to be a bit on the heavy side. It seems there is quite a weight variation wheel to wheel. HED listed the weights for each, but both were departures from their posted specs.

I will say that the rims are ridiculously stiff- and as such, they have a bit more runout than most other wheels. I think they are almost as difficult to true as a tri-spoke wheel.

Arguably, they appear a bit more bullet-proof than Zipps, but I almost think that if you have the money, might as well go all the way and get the Zipps... and even go tubular is you want race only wheels. I use a very fragile clincher anyway for racing, so I'm always swapping anyway and there isn't much cost savings.

I don't know what it is about HEDs- I see them everywhere on tri bikes, but rarely on road bikes. There is no way they are worth full retail.

If you love the Ks, I'd stick with them. Do you really need aero wheels for a crit or RR? If you really want to get TT wheels you might as well get a tri spoke/disc combo. The Alps will put you in no-man's-land. At least 303/404s will give you a significant weight savings over the Ks.
Thanks for saving me some $$$. I will look for other options.Izoard
Aug 15, 2003 6:18 PM