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 Plus 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.
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Will these wheels accommodate 28mm tires? Thanks!
Will the 25 mm rims be too wide for a look 595 frame?
Hi, will the Jet 6 Plus fit a 2011 Pinarello Paris? thanks
Hey Quad, with a 25c tire or smaller, these wheels should work really well with your bike. Let me know if you have any further questions.
FAST, SMOOTH, AND FUN TO RIDE
I've ridden these wheel set on the flats, undulating hills. and up Mt. Lemmon in Tucson and they are so much fun to ride. I run the tires at 70 PSI and the wide internal width of 20.5 mm makes for a super comfortable and smooth ride. The 60 mm deep and wheel shape provides the aerodynamic gains. Wheel set is light enough to climb 26 miles at a steady 6% gradient with no problem. On windy days, I don't feel like I'm getting jerk around more than my 30 mm Zipp 101 wheel set. Considering how fast these wheels are I'm surprise it's not priced in the mid $2000. Overall, very impress with the HED Jet 6 + wheel set and not to mention the ability to run tubeless makes it my favorite wheel set.
Fast wheels, good value
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I fell in love with these wheels the moment i saw them. Now they have over 500 miles on then and I still love them but the honeymoon period is over and the few flaws they have are starting to show.
First off these wheels are far from stiff. That being said the ride comfort it amazing, just dont expect to win any sprints on these. I have snapped a spoke already. Another flaw I've noticed is the aluminium rear freehub. Miles of climbing and hard accelerations have not been nice to it and the casset has started cutting grooves into it. A new freehub is 100 dollars which is outrageous for something that becomes trashed after a few hundred miles. Instead ill be rebuilding the wheel with a bomb proof dura-ace hub and be done with it.
That being said these are amazing wheels. They handle crosswinds, headwinds, rough roads, and hills like a champ. Plus the aero advantage you get with these wheels makes it easy to put the hurt on potential wheelsuckers and ride them off your wheel on the flats and rolling terrain, its a no brainer why these wheels are big in the tri sport community.
When on sale, unbeatable value....
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Struggled with the pros/cons of full carbon vs alu/fairing especially given the weight difference. In the end, I went with aero vs weight with the braking advantage as a plus. Especially on fast descents, with lots of braking, I love the extra security of alu breaking surface.
Mounted Specialized 24mm tires and have ridden 500k with them.
- silky smooth hubs...they roll so nicely
- breaking is exceptional
- comfort with wide rim and lower psi
- fast fast fast... You can feel the "aero" as soon as you cross 30k/Hr
- shockingly good in cross winds
- installation...watch the YouTube video on installing! It will save pinch flats during install... Tubeless rims are tricky
- not the lightest... But with tires and cassette did not feel much heavier than my Fulcrum 1's
- have not climbed much yet with them, so no idea how they will do.
But they roll so well!
Super happy so far.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love how fast these wheels are. The carbon faring gives you that extra aerodynamics to shed a few seconds on a race. You also have the option to run tubeless.
everything you need
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Things I care about, and do the Jet 6+ meet the requirements?
1- wide internal width Yep
2- tubeless Yep
3- aero Yep
4- all weather braking Yep
5- light Yep (well, as light as any wide tubeless ready carbon clincher you can buy for even 50% more money)
Any reason these wouldn't fit a 2015 Specialized Tarmac?
You are fine with that
Are these road tubless certified?
Don't know about certified, but they are tubeless compatible (though you will need to purchase the tubeless valves separately).
I have a Ridley Noah about 2013, I think. Will these wheels work relative to their width and the chain stays? Also, if I take a tape measure and measure the width of the chain stays, how many mm's would it need to be? Thanks.
I just wanted to mention something, for potential future buyers. According to HED (I emailed their tech department), the recommended max. weight for these is 225 lbs. 190 lbs was the recommended max. weight for the older, non-plus versions.
Does this wheelset come with white or black lettering? On the pictures from the reviews all the lettering is white but on the product pictures it's black.
Hey Pablo - This HED Jet 6+ Wheelset comes with Black lettering. The White lettering was featured on the older models. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or if you are interested in ordering these wheels.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
It actually has 2 sets of decals from HED. Option #1: is black with the white border which is shown by the pictures. Option #2: is all white HED. Just picked up my jet 6+ wheelset from a local bikeshop.
I just got these and I can confirm that they have the black lettering just as shown in the pictures.
Looking very seriously at these HEDs. Have two bikes and want to know whether i can have them as racing wheels. Road that I got from you is a Pinarello Kobh - all ultegra - got it as a complete bike from you (11 speed cassette); then a 2010-11 Specialized transition Comp - with a 10speed shimano on the back.
1. Will these fit both bikes should I want to use them - for the road but switch to the Transition for Racing?
2. What tyre should I use on them? leverage the mavics I have on my Pina?
I have a Ridley Dean RS bought on this site. Will these wheels fit? Do I get Shimano for my Sram components? Thank you!
Very nice wheels
Smooth, fast and light
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 have a Cervello P5 ,it has a 10 speed casette,will the above wheel work with that?/
Yes. You just have to remove the spacer.
My wheelset came with spacers sitting on the free hub in case you need to set it up for 10 speed.
Better than my mavic sls. .