Wild new HED JET 180mm aero wheel heads to Kona with ultra deep rear rim

HED Cycling was, in large part, started when Anne Hed wanted better wheels for racing Ironman triathlons. Steve Hed delivered, and over time patented some of the most aerodynamic rim shapes still in use. Now, Anne’s headed back to Kona, Hawaii, with a wildly deep new rear wheel – the HED JET 180.

Inspired, perhaps, by the 180km course, the new 180mm deep rim is for riders who don’t want a full disc rear wheel, or for courses and events where a full disc is either banned or not desirable.

hed jet 180mm deep aero rear wheel for triathlon and TT bikes

We’ve reached out for specifics, but HED says this wheel handles great in all wind conditions, which was a complicated task to fulfill.

Like the other depths in the now-six-model JET lineup, the 180 gets a 21mm internal rim width and is tubeless-ready. Max external width is 32.5mm, significantly wider than the 25mm external width of the standard JET RC Pro carbon wheels.

Available in a disc brake version (1229g) and a Black Series rim brake version (1258g), choose from HG, XDR, and Campagnolo freehub bodies for $1,900. They have a 4-6 week lead time from order, and a few will be available at Bike Works in Kona.

HEDcycling.com

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Milessio
Milessio
2 months ago

I wonder if HED will produce a carbon fiber spoke protector (dork disk) to integrate with this wheel?

Greg
Greg
2 months ago
Reply to  Milessio

And use a 200mm disc rotor on the left for full shielding.

Galen Kehler
Galen Kehler
2 months ago

Any word on UCI approval?

Ned
Ned
2 months ago
Reply to  Galen Kehler

Who as a TRIathlete need UCI ?

Probably
Probably
2 months ago
Reply to  Galen Kehler

Given how HED constructs wheels, I would expect approval to be trivial. The carbon fiber is just a fairing, so the strength of all of them would be the same regardless of rim depth.

ChrisC
ChrisC
2 months ago
Reply to  Probably

The Jet series – like this one – yes. Their Vanquish series is made with full carbon rims. No bearing on this story but thought I woudl point that out.

LemondRider
LemondRider
2 months ago

What if….get this…..they eliminate the spokes and make the ENTIRE wheel a solid carbon rim thing…..like a disc? That has probably never ben done before!!!!! Would that be even affected by crosswinds?

Brent Emery
2 months ago
Reply to  LemondRider

I raced on carbon/kevlar wheels with no spokes 1984 Olympics. That’s OLD SCHOOL!

Doug B
Doug B
2 months ago

The new HED Clown Shoe

I. F.
I. F.
2 months ago

Make this a full wheel set, sell it with a set of Apple AirPod Pros, and TT bars, and you’ll have a perfect dangerous triathlete on a group ride starter pack.

I kid, I think this would also be a great wheel for lightweights TT’ing in crosswind conditions being a HED wheel it’ll be incredibly stoutly built as well.

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
2 months ago

I still can’t tell if this is a joke or not…