Here's your chance to own a brand new set of 26" HED B.A.D. rims laced to Industry Nine's Torch Fat hubs. Just pick your color and hub spacing!
HED B.A.D. 80mm/26" aluminum rims with Inflatobam tubeless technology
Industry Nine Torch Classic with -40f winter grease and 120 points of rear hub engagement
Stock black alloy nipples (please mention in order comments if you would like gold, blue, silver, red, or black brass instead)
Wheelsmith black DB spokes
Built in-house by our expert wheel builder in a 3x lacing pattern
First the interaction I had at fatbikes.com was great. The e-mail responses were quick and helpful.
The rims arrived in perfect condition and delivered quick.
The rims are truly awesome. I would have preferred the carbon version but these aluminum rims are not a disappointment.
I put them on the truing stand and they were spot on right out of the box.
Built up with the Industry 9 Torch hubs these wheel fly.
After installing these wheels on my wife's bike and spun the wheels it took forever for them to stop rotating. I purchased them specifically so my wife can race with them. They worked so well my wife was the fastest overall female and 9 overall racer in the Sugar Shack Hustle at Guelph Canada . She was 3rd female last year. Same competition as year before and it seemed like the only difference was the wheels and using Dillinger 4's instead of 5's for rubber.
I set these wheels tubeless and each wheel is 1.5lbs lighter than her older 80mm 907 rims and tube set up. Can't beat less rotating weight.
With these wheels she found it was so much easier to accelerate and keep her momentum compared to her old setup.
If you are new to HED BAD rims watch HED's youtube video first before you even think of installing these BAD boys. Trust me they can not be installed any other way then how they recommend.
My only comment is that be careful which rim tape you use. There is grooves near the outer edges of the rim that the tire bead has to get into to install easily. With wider rim tape that is more like packing tape -- Subzero(75mm) brand for example the tape covers the grooves and the bead of the tire can not get into these grooves This is because the wider tape covers and obliterates the grooves. If you can not get the bead into these grooves then the tire is incredibly hard to install. If you use gorilla tape as HED suggests I would use the 45mm width and use it to just cover the centre of the rim over the spoke holes. If using Wider gorilla tape make sure you feather the tape outwards so it conforms to the grooves and does not just cover the grooves.
wayne hutson on 1st Feb 2017