As far as aero wheels are concerned, the Hed Stinger 6 Flamme Rouge Carbon
Tubular Front Bicycle Wheel marks the start of a new era. After modeling the
wheel, Hed made prototypes and spent a full 10 days in the wind tunnel to test
and perfect it, and came out the other side with a brand new rim profile. This
is not evolution, with just a few tweaks here and an extra millimeter there. It
is more like when a comet killed the dinosaurs and paved the way for mammals.
At 150 wind angle the new Stinger has 100g less drag than the
previous models. When Hed ran the final prototypes the drag numbers were so low
that they asked the tunnel technicians to re-check the calibration on the
balance mechanism to make sure the numbers were correct. They were.
Tunnel numbers, all well and good, but what about out in the real world? What is
the effect of 100g drag reduction and a 150 stall angle? Well, -100g
drag is easy. The wheels are faster, period. And a 150 stall angle?
That means Stinger 6s go faster in a wider range of wind conditions than ever
before. When side winds kick up, your wheels will still go fast, and they will
handle very well. The new shape is such an improvement that the 60mm deep
Stinger 6 handles more like a 45mm deep wheel in a crosswind. This is all made
possible by SCT Tuning.
Hedís goal with redesigning the Stingers was speed ... duh! Theyíre aware enough
to know that the most aero rim in the world does not automatically translate to
'fastest wheel in the world'. Speed, even when confined just to wheels, involves
more than just low drag. Tire efficiency, cornering speed, handling, strength
and stiffness, and even comfort are important factors for overall speed. All are
addressed in the Stinger 6. The C2 tire well secures the tire in a wider and
slightly deeper 'cradle'. With increased support of the tire carcass, sidewall
flexion is reduced, and less flexion vastly increases cornering stability and
general handling. It also improves tire efficiency. One hard corner at speed
will show you just how much the C2 well decreases tire wash under heavy loading.
Itís been said before, but it bears repeating: Your wheels have to take you
across the finish in order to win. They have to be strong and durable. 2008
model Stingers performed without failure on the brutal cobbles of Paris-Roubaix
and the Tour of Flanders. The 2011 Stingers were 20% stiffer laterally and 16%
more impact resistant, thanks to a layup with 3 separate carbon cloths and a
very specific lay-up that carefully controls variable wall thicknesses and fiber
Pro Tour riders have already given Hed extremely encouraging feedback on the
Stinger 6. Nothing less is expected from age group triathletes, or anyone in
between. Give them a roll, we promise you will be amazed.
18 front silver bladed
Sapim CX-Ray bladed
Carbon FR Sonic hub
Titanium Skewer and
valve extender included
Rider weight limit
Weights (g): Front: