Specialized just bought license for key patent from HED

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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by 53x12

"Marginal gains are the only gains when all that's left to gain is in the margins."

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by chazmtb

Gotta pay for those patents. Lessons learned!

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by 1swiftvelo

I expect others will start to pay up. Steve HED was a genius

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by joepac

They have been using it since last summer: "As for which wheels are affected, Gruner said currently its only the ROVAL CLX 64 wheels spec’ed on the Venge ViAS aero bike."

I'm not sure about legal terminology, but just to be clear they are licensing the key patent. They do not own the rights to the patent, they are paying to use it.

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by wheelsONfire

Seems as Easton Aero 55 rims is made this way to.

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by Ahillock

1swiftvelo wrote:I expect others will start to pay up. Steve HED was a genius

I agree. Very smart business move.

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by Skylark

Some of these innovations and designs appear so simple and obvious once they are discovered and results realized. Look how straightforward the design is, that the entire notion has now been pinned down in a patent. Where do you draw the distinction between a natural discovery which can be adopted and reused over and over again FOC, and another which has been intrinsically 'engineered' which genuinely warrants a patent?

This particular design consisting of two observations: 1. Wider rim than tyre, 2. Angled brake track; -- this is rather elementary if one is engaged with CFD type problems and could (would) easily have been realized time and again when working on flows around an obstacle.

Except perhaps in fact in crosswind performance which this solution addresses. It isn't so obvious as to why it works.

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