Designed to excel at road races and crits, the Jet 50 is the newest Hed wheel. After 20 years designing TT wheels, Steve Hed spent time in the summer of 2005 working out the details of wheel that would give roadies some of the advantage that time trialers have enjoyed for years.
50mm is the ideal depth to make a wheel that is noticeably faster than a standard 28mm road wheel. Shorter rims do not offer enough drag reduction, and taller rims can sometimes present handling problems if the wind is strong.
At 50mm deep, 1620g pair weight, with an alloy brake surface, the jet 50 meets Hed's criteria for an ideal aero road wheelset. Wheels are spoked using bladed spokes, 24 stainless spokes on the rear wheel, 18 6/4 ti spokes on the front wheel. With a clincher rim and machined brake track they are suited to any condition and durable enough to use as season-long race wheels, there's no need to save them for special events. Built with sonic hubs, the wheels can be made for Campy or Shimano. Suggested retail is $1290.
EX version available for riders 190-225lbs. EX is laced with 24 spokes front and 28 rear to make more durable wheels. (+48g)