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IB14: HED Makes a Bigger Deal Out of Carbon Fat Bike Rims, Introduces 100mm BFD

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Hed carbon fat bike wheel 100mm wide bfd big deal (5)

First bringing you made in the U.S. carbon fiber fat bike rims with the Big Deal, HED quietly showed up to Interbike with an all new option for fat bikes. Called the BFD or Big Fat Deal, the new rim brings their lightweight fat bike rim technology to the fattest of fat bikes. Likely shipping in 2-3 weeks, the BFDs should be ready by the time the snow flies this season.

Full details include weights after the break…

Hed carbon fat bike wheel 100mm wide bfd big deal (6)

For the most part the BFD uses the same design as the Big Deal, just 20mm wider. After finalizing their carbon process on the 80mm option, the longest part of the BFD development was creating the mold. Along with experimenting with different carbon layups, HED has also widened the spoke holes to stiffen up the wider rim.

Hed carbon fat bike wheel 100mm wide bfd big deal (2) Hed carbon fat bike wheel 100mm wide bfd big deal (1)

HED continues with their Inflato Band tubeless system, but they have changed the slope of the tire shelf to allow the tire to more easily seat. HED wheels seal up tubeless with a strip of Gorilla tape and tire sealant, and with new tires like the 45NRTH Vanhelga, the process is quite easy.

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Claiming just 500g for the rim alone, this front wheel built up with the requisite 32 spokes and alloy nipples came in at an impressive 900g. BFD rims will sell for somewhere around $40-50 more than the Big Deal just due to the additional carbon necessary to make the rim.

hedcycling.com

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CeeJay
CeeJay
8 years ago

No comments yet.

Tad Dickman
Tad Dickman
8 years ago

These are cool… but i still need money to travel and ride my bikes. So no carbon wheels for me. I’m happy on my “heavy” 960g Surly Clown Shoe rims. Seriously, 120g is worth it for some people to spend a bajillion dollars for carbon???

Tad Dickman
Tad Dickman
8 years ago

AND I’m dumb. I see it says 500g for the rim. OK… score HED.

elevenses
elevenses
8 years ago

The HED rims weigh 500 g, so I think the weight savings over Clown Shoes is 460 g per rim for a total of 920 g, which is just about two pounds.

T
T
8 years ago

These will be perfect for when fat biking becomes part of the Olympics.

Kovas
Kovas
8 years ago

Waaaaait a sec… BFD doesn’t mean, big FAT deal…

Surly Shawn
Surly Shawn
8 years ago

Yeah, Big “Fat” Deal. 😉

JBikes
JBikes
8 years ago

The prices on these are insane. Quite possibly the easiest carbon bike related object to create a mold for and to mold. Simple spoke interface design. Largely a flat hoop.

I undertand CF material is “expensive” but come on.

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