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The wind can't touch you.

Since 1984, HED has been producing the world's fastest and most innovative wheels. The most highly acclaimed wheel in the HED fleet is without a doubt the H3 FR Clincher Front Wheel. The H3 is not only noticeable for its unique design, but also for the number of Grand Tour riders who have ridden it to the podium. The H3 offers incomparable speed, revolutionary lateral stiffness, and superior handling abilities. Whether you're looking for the creme de la creme of time trial wheels or an extra advantage for your next triathlon season, the H3 FR Clincher Front Wheel is the wheel you've been looking for.

While other companies are just now starting to improve upon the carbon clincher wheel, HED has been fine-tuning perfection for decades. Just as the favorite child gets an extra scoop of ice cream, the H3 FR clincher has enjoyed numerous technological innovations and improvements to further cement its position at the top of the heap. To begin with, the H3 is extremely aerodynamic. The H3 utilizes three main components to achieve its low drag ratios: a 55mm deep rim section, airfoil section spokes, and the smooth connection points where the two join. The H3 design has perpetually concentrated on eliminating drag resistance from every angle of the wheel. The deep rim section is designed to minimize drag at shallow yaw angles, and past 15 degrees, the shape of the airfoil spokes allow airflow passage to keep the wheel from stalling.

The H3's protection from extreme wind angles is not limited to aerodynamic measures. HED pioneered the wide-rim design that is the dominant trend for today's carbon clinchers. In 2006, HED was unhappy with the aerodynamics of tires fitting onto skinnier rims. HED found that acceptance of this design required higher pressure, increased rolling resistance, decreased handling, and increased drag. By making the rim edge wider, a 23mm clincher tire would flow exceptionally well into the rim shape, and thus create a flush aerodynamic profile. HED calls this innovation C2 Technology, and its benefits don't stop at aerodynamics. The C2 shape reduces mechanical drag by increasing the contact patch with the road, further improving the distribution of load and lowering rolling resistance.

The HED H3 FR Clincher front wheel has an intense focus on rigidity and stability. The carbon layup, resins, and fiber orientations of the H3 are at their most advanced stages to date. When coupled with wider-is-better C2 technology, the result is a startling amount of lateral and torsional rigidity. To ice the cake, HED has also developed a 'secret weapon' it calls Stability Control Technology that effectively tames crosswind at any angle to the wheel. SCT is so secret that HED will not detail the process publicly, but the performance value is instantly recognizable upon usage.

Unparalleled quality control, aerodynamic design, and rim shape innovation set the H3 FR Clincher Front Wheel apart from the pack. Decades of H3 podium finishes have reinforced that HED is better following the beat of their own drum, and that eventually, all others will follow.

The H3 FR Clincher Front Wheel includes a titanium skewer and alloy rim cap. Note that the maximum recommended user weight is 250lbs.

Tech Specs

[Wheel] carbon fiber, [Braking surface] alloy
Rim Width:
19 mm
Rim Depth:
54 mm
Front Hub Type:
Brake Compatibility:
Front Weight:
830 g
Complete Set Weight:
830 g
Recommended Use:
Time trial, Track racing, Triathlon
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited 2 year

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