Front wheel for time trail (hed h3 or 9)

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tri
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by tri

I'd like some input on what front wheel I should choose for the sole use for time trails. My two options are Hed H3 or a Hed 9 upfront. I already have wheels with lower profile if it would be windy. Although I have quite heavy so I have (or haven't) experienced any issues with wind gust in the past. My old setup was a corima 3-spoke.

Thanks in advance.

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by efeballi

AFAIK the trispoke wheel will flex more than a normal wheel. Not to mention the weight penalty, and you will be unable to true the wheel if you need to.

For the weight and flex issues, it's only suited to flatter TT's.

I'd suggest a high profile spoked wheelset like Jet 9 which will be more versatile. If you already have a high profile wheelset you could buy a trispoke for maximum aero. If not, invest in a high profile wheelset first.

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by Geoff

I run a Hed 6 and 9 front as my options for both road and TT. Depending on the wind, you can choose between them. The H3 is also a good choice for TT, of course, but is a bit more limited.

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by Nomakoman

Hed 3...it's stiff, is about the same weight as a jet 9 and far more predictable in a crosswind (i have owned hed 3, stinger 5.0, jet 90, zipp 404, corima 4 spoke etc....list is endless!)

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by Juanmoretime

I raced a H3 for years and its a very fast wheel. Two years ago I came across a very good deal on a Zipp 808, non Firecrest since the FC won't fit my fork. The 808 is a little more work handling in big winds but not that bad and I always run a disc not matter what. After a summer of using both wheels I sold the H3 since the 808 in the real world for me wound up being the faster of the two wheels.
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by owl

I used a H3 for 2 yrs - I really liked it seemed very stiff and solid - crosswinds weren't too bad - sometimes a few wobbles.
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by BeeSeeBee

The H3 aerodynamics are supposedly pretty sensitive to tire width, and given the option of only a few fast, narrow tires, I'd opt for the Jet 9.

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by desperado95219

I have both H3's and the 9. I think it's probably a toss up. As far as the stiffness of the the H3, don't worry about that. They are virtually bombproof. I have been riding a set on my tandem for 12 years carrying well over 300 pounds and they are as true as when I got them. I have Continental GP 4000S 700x25 tires mounted on them. I love them, but they aren't light....and either is the Stinger 9.

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by tri

I've made my decision it will be a h3. Now I have to make up my mind on tire selection. There is a slim picking amongst the narrower versions. Conti grand prix tt or their attack will most likely be my options.

Thanks for your input.

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by BeeSeeBee

HED just released a wider H3 (GT3) that looks to be better than the H3 at narrower yaw angles. Who knows if they'll have a clincher option available anytime soon, given that they haven't released the Vanquish yet, maybe they'll also have to make it with an aluminum brake track. Just more info for you.

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by Juanmoretime

You may want to add the Continental 20mm Supersonic into the mix of tires to use along with a latex tube.
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