Photo: Oliver Baker

HED Jet Plus 6 Black Aluminum/Carbon Clincher


$2,000, Backcountry.com

The draw: Lively wheelset in an unconventional set-up

While most wheel companies have ditched their aluminum/carbon clincher models for an all-carbon rim, HED refined its alloy rim/carbon fairing system instead. Using an etched, black aluminum rim, the Jet Plus 6 Black achieves the carbon clincher look with all of the aluminum clincher advantages, including consistent braking with any pad in wet or dry conditions. This wheelset has incredible handling and a very lively attack. While the thin carbon “fairing” that gives this rim its depth may seem unusual to some, the end aero result is the same as wheels that cost twice as much.

1,673 grams