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if you had the money for...(8 posts)

if you had the money for...hayaku
Jan 22, 2003 10:33 PM
A disc wheel only with a standard 32 hole square rim on the front or HED3 wheels front and back, which would you choose?

Time trialing on a flat course, rolling hills, some wind, whatever.

I can't work the calculators at analytic cycling and there are several other factors involved of course. Thanks for your input.
re: if you had the money for...wspokes
Jan 23, 2003 5:12 AM
I would opt for a American classic front and rear wheel. they are light, great for TT and Road racing, great for into the wind and easy to handle in crosswinds. I ran a set up like this in the early to late 90s when I raced. They were a great all around wheelset.

if I had to choose between the two above choices...I would opt for the first. I never favored HED, but that is only my opinion. Good Luck
I'd opt for the set.cydswipe
Jan 23, 2003 5:28 AM
I looked at the Hed's for my Y-foil. I just can't justify buying a disc if I don't compete or a sponsor doesn't give me one. They are way expensive. The Hed 3's could be a good set for time trialing right off the bat. I see them every once and a while on bikes that are not racing. They must be fairly reliable training wheels. Hed has a warranty like everyone else, they also rebuild wheels. look at their website. They have closeout specials from old Ironman support vehicles of atheletes they sposor. Good Luck!!
Front wheel most importantOffTheBack
Jan 23, 2003 5:44 AM
The front wheel is the one most exposed to the wind, so it impacts your performance much more than the rear. Therefore, I would not go with the rear disc / standard front option. I'd either get the pair of HED3's or do as the other poster suggested and get some AC's. Good luck!
most aeroMR_GRUMPY
Jan 23, 2003 6:53 AM
On a calm day, the best set up is a Tri spoke in front and a disc in back. The next best is two tri spokes.
On a breezy day, a deep V in front, and a disc in back is best.
hed3 front and back..dotkaye
Jan 23, 2003 11:30 AM
the front wheel is more important in aero terms than the rear.

Also consider getting a Renn disc ($339) for the rear, and one of the closeout Heds for the front, that would come in fairly inexpensively and get you the generally-agreed-upon-optimum aero configuration. Renn can be found at
and has a good reputation for product and customer service among triathletes. Hed closeouts at
re: if you had the money for...rogue_CT1
Jan 23, 2003 4:42 PM
I use the Hed 3 in the front and back. I have the tubular version which are very strong and light. I was able to take an amazing 2 minutes and 1 sec off my personal best in a 40K time trial the 1st time I used them. They are light enough and strong enough for climbing too. For a flat time trial only a H3 front and a disc in the rear would be faster. If you've got the money go ahead and get them, unless you are going to be racing against me, then just buy some 36 spoke box rims.
re: if you had the money for...african
Jan 23, 2003 7:11 PM
I run a hed jet 2000 front and a hed disc rear. I was using a hed deep and prefer the disc in any condition except hills. I got these from who are re doing their web site so I don't think it is working this week.

The great thing about my disc is that when riding it looks sick. I got loads of compliments at IM Florida as everyone passed me (doh) on the bike.

I would prefer a tri spoke on the front.