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Specialized wheels are about to get faster, thanks to HED

As part of a partnership announced Tuesday, Specialized will license a key rim patent from HED that improves aerodynamics and handling in crosswinds.

The patent is centered around two primary design features: a rim that is wider than the tire, and a brake track that angles inward, toward the tire, creating a tangential line off the tire.

The design improves aerodynamics in crosswinds by increasing the stall angle of the rim, or the yaw angle at which drag increases dramatically. It is the underlying patent upon which HED’s carbon rims have been built for half a decade, and is one of a number of patents held either by HED or competitor Zipp that make it difficult for other manufacturers to build wheels that offer both low-drag and controlled crosswind performance.
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Specialized wheels are about to get faster, thanks to HED - VeloNews.com
 

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Very interesting. Since the article says the agreement started on July 1st, 2015, I wonder if the CLX 64 wheels have any of these features?
 
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