If you're an advanced enough initiate in your craft to be eyeing 60mm rims, then you probably don't need us to extol the virtues of the magic feeling aerodynamic wheels like HED's Jet 6 Plus Black bestow at speed. You're probably also familiar with the negative qualities of braking that tend to afflict deep carbon rims, and this is where we — or more precisely, the Jet 6 Plus Black wheels — can educate you.
Instead of dodgy, screaming carbon brake tracks, the Jet 6 Black rims feature a specially machined and anodized alloy surface that HED calls Turbine Braking Technology. This surface nets claimed reductions in stopping distance of 25% and 70% in dry and wet conditions, respectively, and a 5x increase in braking consistency. Keeping in mind that this is in comparison to aluminum rims, not carbon, it's safe to assume that the Jet 6 Black wheels provide the most consistent braking in their category. We suspect that HED's unwillingness to divulge the secrets behind those gains might have less to do with the fact that it's jealously-guarded proprietary technology and more to do with the fact that it's some sort of black magic. Maybe.
But you're here primarily for speed, not stopping, and HED also knows that faster speeds require a heightened sense of control that's often at odds with wheels of this depth. HED's Stability Control Technology (SCT), which reduces force put on the wheels by side winds at 0-15 degree yaw angles. This makes the Jet 6's 60mm depth handle with the intuitive predictability of a 30 or 40mm deep wheel with a true NACA airfoil cross section when the wind gets unruly.
The rims' aerodynamic savings are compounded by a reduction in the rolling resistance because of the Jet 6's 25mm wide C2 rims. C2 rims increase the tire's volume and contact patch for lower rolling resistance, more grip in corners, and a more vertically-oriented side wall that is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface — all of which translates to being able to run a lower PSI for increased comfort without sacrificing efficiency. The tire shape also means the transition air makes from the edge of the tread to the end of the rim is smoother, resulting in still less aerodynamic drag.
The Sonic Black hubs are virtually the same as the previous Sonic models, running ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles with wide flanges for a stiff, lateral bracing angle for more efficient power transfer. Both quick-release skewers have titanium shafts, and the ratchet ring in the rear hub is also titanium.
Please note that HED suggests using brand new brake pads with the Jet 6 Plus Black wheels. The same metal shavings that hide out in used pads and tend to destroy carbon wheels may also damage the Black rims' finish.
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Welcome improvement to some great wheels
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I loved the original Jet 6 wheels, but the addition of the Turbine brake track is a welcome enhancement. Now you can fly on flat terrain and brake with confidence in the hills. The Jet 6 Black combine HED's already fantastic 60mm aero profile with it's Turbine braking innovation. The aluminum clincher construction is very durable and predictable, and quieter, as compared to an all carbon construction. The extra care required when handling the carbon fairings (e.g. storage and transport) is a worthwhile trade-off. I have other HED wheels with this Turbine brake track and it has not faded in several thousand miles.
I keep snapping spokes in my rear wheel! Two over the four months I've owned my set. They happened two months apart. I'm 180 pounds and I thought the jet plus was good for riders up to 225? What should I do? Would wider tires remedy this? I currently ride 23s. Both times it has happened I have been climbing out of the saddle going up steep climbs (15%) very slowly.
Good question for HED tech support. They are US-based, and very friendly and accessible. I don't know about you, but I found a few local wheel guys I can really trust, and take all my wheels in at least once per season to make sure everything is tensioned up and in good shape.
Do these really have a grease port? No, I don't think so. They use cartridge bearings, which avoids the need to inject grease.
Hey Alan, the HED Sonic Black hub actually utilizes a grease port in the cassette body for ease of service. Some take advantage of it to swap between race day grease like Slick Honey and training grease like Phil Wood. Feel free to email me at email@example.com with any questions.
Interesting, thanks Aaron. I thought from talking to another CC employee (and other sources) that the grease port was a legacy feature no longer needed. Do the other HED wheels have this? You're probably working on this already but please update the various models. Thank you.
The Jet 4 Plus Black is listed as tubeless, but the Jet 6 Plus Black not.
Is this correct?
I think that is a typo as both the Jet 4 &6 use the same rim, I believe it is the same rim as the Ardennes Black as well. The rim is tubeless but with the carbon fairing added there is no way to put in a tubeless valve in and make it airtight. You would probably crush the fairing trying to tighten it down.
Why is the wheelset $2100 when if I were to order the front ($950) and rear ($1050) wheels individually, it would be less ($950+$1050=$2000). Is there something that comes with the wheelset that is not included if I order the wheels individually?
After chatting with our buyer, HED had raised the price of the wheels and the individually priced wheels did not receive updated pricing during the same push as the wheelset. If you are interested, please reach out to me at extension 4245 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can see what we can do for you.