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Yet another request for info on HED Alps...(5 posts)

Yet another request for info on HED Alps...Akirasho
Feb 25, 2003 3:57 PM
... I looked for a review (found none) and am too lazy to search the forum... anyone have feedback on these (tubular and/or clincher) and comparisons to similar wheelsets (already have HED Stinger 90 and ZIPP 404)?


Be the bike.
re: Yet another request for info on HED Alps...carpe_podium
Feb 25, 2003 4:08 PM
I don't have a set of Hed wheels, but you may want to check this site out:
Not a glowing recommendation...
re: Yet another request for info on HED Alps...abicirider
Feb 25, 2003 4:15 PM
I can give you a little background info and my evaulation of clinchers.
I've know Steve and Annie Hed for over 15 years and I have to say Steve is one of the most honest guys around.
The alps the carbon is molded and glued to the Rims in their factory in spain, they own the factory so its not a subcontracted job. The Rims are then shipped back to MN where the build up the wheels by hand, so all the tensioning spoke prep etc is done by the guys at Hed here in the US.
I have used the Alps for about 1.5 years and have had no problems at all they are stiff very stiff remember however it is not solid carbon it is foam filled with carbon skin, I probably have about 50 races on them and have never broken aa spoke, truing is a little tricky need a special tool and the bladed spokes can start to twist but a little practice and experience and it is very easy to true them up.
I'm about 150lbs and I use the 24-16 clinchers radial in front rear 2x drive radial non drive again very little flex at all. the rear hub is a clutch type hub so it does buzz but sounds pretty cool actually.
Overall I would reccommend the wheels, just remember they are not solid carbon.
Best of luck.
Be safe out on the roads.
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
HED AlpsBixe
Feb 25, 2003 4:26 PM
... Are a little more responsive than the Zipps. These Campy geared clinchers have just a couple hundred miles under them with no problems thus far. I've been riding them in the mountains the last couple of weeks and they do pretty well for deep section hoops. The stickers will come off in about 37 seconds... I like 'em well enough after rather limited usage.
another requestsctri
Feb 25, 2003 9:37 PM
Hey Akirasho,

If you are building yet another sweet looking bike, maybe look in to those carbon AMclassics, they are my race wheel dream of the moment and would love to hear some real-world reports on them.