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Aluminum, single wall, 26"/559 or 24"/507. *Please specify in order comments if you want 26" or 24" HED B.A.D. rims!*
Hed's demanding, discerning, and fat-loving customers have spoken: They love our Big Deal and B.F.D. carbon rims. Nothing else offers the same combination of easy tubeless setup, stiffness, and jaw-dropping weight savings. They're utterly fat-tastic.
In an effort to bring the advantages of Big Deal technology to an even wider audience, our engineers worked hard to apply the same principles to an aluminum platform.
Enter: the Big Aluminum Deal. At 80mm wide, the B.A.D. offers superb fit with all common fat bike tire sizes. It has the same Inflatobam tubeless technology as its carbon brethren - saving over a pound in inner tubes alone.
Our 2nd generation hub has been in rigorous testing for two years and offers numerous improvements over the original. The original hub offers 30 points of contact or 12° engagement with 3 pawls. Our new hub uses a staggered 6 pawl design with 3 pawls contacting at a time throughout 60 points of engagement. This effectively makes for 120 points of contact or 3° engagement, creating nearly instant power transfer. In addition to the quick engagement, each pawl has 3 teeth to be incredibly secure and minimize slipping without sacrificing resistance. All these improvements coupled with low temp grease make these hubs truly state of the art! The outer diameter of our original rear hub axle is 15mm with a thickness of 2.7mm. In our new hub the axle is a stout 17mm outer diameter with a thickness of 4.5mm. This provides a rock solid platform limiting flex and improving bearing life.