We receive a lot (and I mean A LOT) of questions about our wheels and how to determine which wheel is right for which rider, terrain, weather condition, or style of riding. Matching the right product to the right intended use is the most important factor for ensuring a long and healthy life both your products AND yourself. In other words - if you want to make it down the mountain, up the ramp, and over the three flaming school buses, don’t use a lightweight climbing wheelset. Similarly, if you want to win your local road race, we advise that you not use our 100mm-wide BFD fat bike wheels.
The chart below will help you determine whether the wheel you're interested in is appropriate and safe for your type of riding. Of course, we always suggest that your proper wheel choice be paired with proper tire pressure, which we cover in greater depth at www.hedcycling.com/pressure/.
*A Note On Wheels and Impact Damage: For all types of bicycle wheels, a hard strike on the rim is likely to result in rim damage. At or near the point of impact, an aluminum rim will dent, and a carbon rim may delaminate - both are unsafe conditions that require rim replacement. If your wheel or rim become damaged from impact, please contact us to inquire about our Crash Replacement program.
NOTE: HED does not currently manufacture downhill-specific products, or those intended for downhill racing or other highly aggressive riding.