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HED Jet 6+ Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher

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Ruling the flats and the climbs

Wheels of the deep-dish — greater than 50mm — variety excel on flat courses, but very often we find ourselves on courses riddled with hills. Now, if they were just long drawn out grades, then any deep-dish would do. But all too often, they are of the brutal switchback variety where drafting is quickly negated. The HED Jet 6+Clincher is a wheelset for the switchbacks. It's a dangerous cliche to say that the Jet 6 is a 'one-quiver' wheel, but that's exactly how HED designed it. It's heavier than a traditional climbing wheelset, but for most moderate hills, it's still more efficient and inherently faster.

Over the past 26 years of engineering wheels, Steve Hed's end goal remains the same: simply make them as fast as possible. So, it's almost a given that HED aerodynamics are superb. However, what you might not know is that these wheels' aerodynamics are equally matched by their low rolling resistance. We have HED's C2 rim concept concept to thank for this. Essentially, C2 is about reduction of the two C's — less Cda (aerodynamic drag) and less Crr (rolling resistance). Accordingly, a 25mm rim width makes this possible, and is mainly responsible for the wider-is-better campaign that's been replicated throughout the market. But, you're certainly wondering, why wider? Well, the width provides what can be described as an 'aero shroud' for the rest of the wheel. This also changes the nature of the tire's contact patch with the road.

However, HED also knows that faster speeds require a heightened sense of control. This becomes evident through HED testing, as it found that rim depths which cross the forty or fifty-millimeter threshold grow increasingly more difficult to handle in crosswinds. So, HED engineered a solution that it calls Stability Control Technology, or SCT. In regards to the wheel shape, at 0-15 degree yaw angles, SCT reduces the force put on the wheels by side winds. This makes the Jet 6's 60mm depth handle more like a 30 or 40mm deep wheel in crosswinds.

HED laces the rims to its Sonic hubs, which feature silky ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles — 12mm in front and 15mm in rear. Oversized axles flex less, resulting in smoother bearing loads and less mechanical drag. And its not only the axle that received a bigger-is-better treatment, as the hub flanges are spaced as wide apart as possible in order to create a stronger bracing angle. And again, this results in increased lateral stiffness.

Easing the maintenance to the rear hub, HED included a grease port and carbon port cap. True, it's a subtle convenience, but rejoice that this capped port ensures that you'll no longer need to rebuild your rear hub after repeated washings.

As we mentioned, the fairing is bonded to the rim, which means that the spokes engage at the rim rather than at the end of the fairing. The result is not only an increase to aerodynamics, as there are no exposed nipples, but also to an increase in lateral strength. However, like all wheels, there are nipples, and for them, HED used Sapim hex-headed aluminum nipples. These are treated with a light thread-locking compound and are accessed from inside the rim. They anchor the venerable Sapim CX-Ray spokes. The 18 front spokes are straight-pull, while the 24 rear spokes are J-bend for both sides.

At the rear, you'll notice a two-cross lacing pattern on both sides. HED did this for a simple reason — with ever-stiffer frames, the force of stomping on the pedals was increasing force on the wheels, which has in turn reduced mechanical efficiency. To counteract these forces, HED stiffened up the rear wheel so that no power would be lost to wheel flexing, thus putting more power into driving the bike forward.

The HED Jet 6 Clincher Wheelset is available with either a Campagnolo or Shimano compatible freehub body. Please note that both freehub bodies accept 11-speed cassettes, and that they're easily swapped out with two 5mm hex keys. The wheels come with HED steel-shafted skewers, valve extenders, and rim strips. Also worth mention is that HED does NOT recommend these wheels for riders exceeding 190lbs.

Tech Specs

Rim Material:
aluminum, [foil] carbon fiber
Tire Type:
clincher
Rim Depth:
60 mm
Rim Width:
25 mm
Brake Compatibility:
caliper
Hubs:
HED Sonic
Skewers:
included, steel
Spokes:
Sapim CX-Ray
Spoke Count:
18 / 24
Actual Weight:
Black, Shimano: 1760g
Recommended Use:
road cycling, cyclecross
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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I love these wheels!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Ever since I started road training with these wheels, I've seen significant gains in average speed as well as top speeds. Also inspires more confidence on the bike. I look forward to using these for a long time.

I love these wheels!

I have a Felt B14 (2015). Will the HED Jet 6 fit?

It really depends on what is the clearance on the chainstays. Most modern road bikes are built to handle 25cc tires. Probably You will need to use it with a 23c tire as it will reach about 25 in these wheels.

The Bomb !

    These wheels on my wife's Cannondale Slice are the Bomb ! Plenty of clearance for 25c tires. Great stopping power when you need it. She is really happy! I drilled out the valve stem hole on the carbon fairing and installed an aircraft aluminum sleeve around a tubeless valve stem in order to run these tubeless ( you can tighten the valve against the aluminum rim rather than the carbon fairing ). No worries about flats doing triathlons with a little Stan's. great wheels !

    The Bomb !

    Good review and great picture! Thanks for sharing.

    My wife apparently ran over something that punctured the tire in two places weeks ago ( maybe during the first triathlon she did with these wheels and IRC tires ) , but Stan's sealed it. Didn't realize it until last week. I'm totally sold on tubeless - even with these Jet wheels !

    Avg. ride time: 8h 3m per week
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    I have a 2010 Cervelo R3. Do you think there is enough clearance in the rear to run these with 25mm tires?

    That's a tough one; the R3 fits some 25mm tires (not all) with just barely enough clearance. You might be better off with something like a Cosmic Carbone where you get a narrower profile. Feel free to contact me directly with other questions.

    vdickinson@backcountry.com

    801-736-6396 ext. 4756

    Hey Dave,

    I have a 2012 cervelo r3 and run michelin pro 4's 25mm all the time and they work great. They do make it with just a little bit of room. With the HED's being 25mm rim width, you can run the tires with a lower PSI and you should be okay. I typically run my back around 90 PSI and it feels fine. I'm 5'10" 180lbs for reference.

    First impression good, as expected.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Initial impressions, I love the wheels and the holiday promo price is what got me to pull the trigger. The wider width, presumably sturdy aluminum box construction, and aluminum brake track inspire confidence from the cockpit. You can feel the extra rotational inertia when accelerating, but I'm sure the aero benefit will be worth it. The venerable Continental GP4000s (23mm) tires seat nicely on the wider rim profile (I've used the same tire on other "wide" rims as well, no need to upsize your tires). The wheels with stock decals look fantastic, though I'm worried about keeping all that white area clean, especially since the carbon fairing is flexible and would limit how hard you can push when wiping them down. (NOTE: the skewers are steel, not titanium. Already contacted CC and they should be updating the product description shortly.)

    First impression good, as expected.

    Super stiff and great stopping power

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    These wheels are great if you plan on going super fast, they are super stiff and solid built. The alloy rim makes the difference and you feel you can go fast with confidence that you will be able to stop when needed.

    But, the wheel takes some effort to accelerate, it is not the snappier acceleration out there, once you get to 15+km/h it really shines and you can hear the sound of the wing going thru it.

    The one thing you need to pay attention is that this wheel has a 25mm rim, which most older bikes won't fit, specially if you use it with a normal 23mm tire, it can easily pass 27mm overall width which will result in rubbing on the chainstays. I used this one with a 22mm Continental Attack and it worked well on my 2013 Cannondale SuperSix Evo.

    Have you tried with a 23mm tire? Does the tire rub the chainstay with a 23mm tire? If not, how much clearance do you have with a 23mm tire?

    Hi Claude, I did try 23mm tires, Conti GP 4000, but unfortunately it rubbed on my chainstays. The only one that barely worked was the Conti Atack 22mm. The issue is really the 25mm rim, the tires just expand way more when fitted in these wheels.

    Will this fit with a 2013 Cervelo S5 Shimano Di2 10 spd? I am looking at these as a gift.

    Hi Sylvie, I know that my answer is not really related to your direct question, but maybe it will get some information that will be useful for you. I have a 2013 Cannondale SuperSix EVO, clearly the frame was not built with the intent of fitting 25mm rims. The wheel fits really well on the front, but in the rear it gets tricky, I managed to fit the wheels but I had to buy a new tire (Continental 22mm Atack), any other tire I tried would rub on my chainstays. So, if the 2013 Cervelos had the same chainstay limitation on tires, you may have the same issues I had.

    I just put a set on my S5 with no clearance problems whatsoever.

    Hi, are these the blacked out versions (as per the order form) or the ones as displayed on your site with the lettering in white.

    I called. White lettering, just like the photo. And not the "Black" version with the coated sidewalls. (which are full price and a higher MSRP)