HED Stinger 6 FR Carbon Road Wheelset - Tubular - Road Bike Shop
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HED Stinger 6 FR Carbon Road Wheelset - Tubular
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Having spent decades at the forefront of aerodynamic wheel design, HED continues to make its wheels faster. The HED Stinger 6 FR Carbon Tubular Wheelset is no exception. The Stinger 6 is perhaps the perfect race wheel. Stiff enough for a sprint, but not so deep that a crosswind will catch you. The wind tunnel data doesn't lie, and neither does the host of professional feedback. The Stinger 6 Carbon Tubular Wheel is the fastest and most stable deep-section Stinger to date. The Stinger 6 is an example of HED's evolution of revolution. For the new design, HED spent 10 days in the wind tunnel making shape adjustments as testing progressed. The results are astounding; compared to previous models, the Stinger 6 experienced a 100g reduction of drag at a 15 degree wind angle. The refined shape of the 60mm deep rim increases stability in cross winds, and as HED states, the Stinger 6 handles more like a 45mm rim in a crosswind. The Stinger 6's protection from extreme wind angles is not limited to aerodynamic measures. HED pioneered the wide rim design that dominates today's carbon wheels with what it dubbed C2 Technology. C2 Technology's goal is to reduce the occurrence of the two main drag variables: aerodynamic resistance and rolling resistance. In 2006, HED set out to correct the problems associated with fitting tires into narrower rims, problems like higher required pressure, increased rolling resistance, decreased handling, and increased drag. HED found that by making the rim edge wider, a 23mm tire would flow exceptionally well into the rim shape, and thus create a flush aerodynamic profile for optimal airflow. In fact, the Stinger 6 is 3mm wider than the Stinger 3 for a greatly increased airflow. So C2 technology doesn't only address aerodynamics; it also reduces mechanical drag and energy dissipation. By increasing the contact patch with the road, C2 further improves the distribution of load and the lowering of rolling resistance. The C2 support of the tire carc...