When the HED Vanquish 6 aero road wheels came out last October, they claimed to be more than just HED’s first full carbon clinchers. They also claimed to have the best aerodynamics on the market, with the qualification being for a wide variety of tire widths. Meaning, they’ve tested them and shown almost no difference in aero performance whether you mount a 23, 25 or 28 millimeter tires on them.
Now, you can choose from a Vanquish 4 (shown at top) or Vanquish 8, too, and still benefit from the same 21mm internal width (30mm external), but get 40mm or 80mm depths, too. All three options are disc brake only, which is how they got to a point where they were comfortable offering a full carbon clincher. Until this series, HED had always used an alloy brake track and rim bed with carbon fairings.
The Vanquish 4 comes in at a claimed 1,511g (712g F / 799g R) and is available now in limited quantities. The Vanquish 8 is 1,799g (847g F / 952g R) and starts shipping August 1. All three wheels have QR and thru axle options on their 545 Disc hubs, which use the Centerlock rotor mount standard. They start at $2,500 for the set.
The shallower V4 wheels should also be a great option for cyclocross and gravel bikes, too, while the deeper V8 wheels should be great for the new crop of disc-brake equipped triathlon bikes. And the V6 should be great for aero road bikes of all types.