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Cyclingnews.com's 2005 readers' poll

Win HED Jet 50 wheels

Designed to excel at road races and crits, the Jet 50 is the newest Hed wheel. After 20 years designing TT wheels, Steve Hed spent time last summer working out the details of wheel that would give roadies some of the advantage that time trialers have enjoyed for years.

"50mm is the right depth for a road wheel" says Hed. "An aero road wheel has to be fast, but it can't be too deep. As a wheel gets deeper, it gets heavier and crosswind performance starts to drop off. Plus, a lot of guys are riding clinchers now, so we wanted to make a fast, light, clincher with an alloy brake surface. And let's face it, we want to sell some of these, so we had to make the wheels fast, durable and affordable."

At 50mm deep, 1720g pair weight, with an alloy brake surface, the jet 50 meets Hed's criteria for an ideal aero road wheelset. Wheels are spoked using bladed spokes, 24 stainless spokes on the rear wheel, 18 6/4 ti spokes on the front wheel. With a clincher rim and machined brake track they are suited to any condition and durable enough to use as season-long race wheels, there's no need to save them for special events. Built with sonic hubs, the wheels can be made for Campy or Shimano. Suggested retail is $895.

The 2005 Cyclingnews reader poll is now closed. Results have been posted between December 24 and January 1, and we can announce that the winner of the HED Jet 50 wheels worth $895 was Richard Elgin. Congratulations Richard!

An aerodynamic, carbon fiber-rimmed wheel for road racing, the Jet 50 is so new it's not even on HED's website yet; it's derived from the Jet 60, shown here.

Click here for the results page as we announce each category over the *Festive Season*.

And a very Merry Christmas to all our readers. Thanks for voting.

The Cyclingnews team


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