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    What are the differences between the Specialized tri spoke and HED 3?

    I came across a deal for the Specialized for $450 for the wheelset and can't seem to find much information on them.

    All I know is that they were the predessessor of the HED 3 wheels.

    Are their weight, reliability/construction, and number of cassette size differences?

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    Hed bought the molds/etc. from Specialized. Should theoretically be the same wheels. I DO know that Specialized made two weights of those wheels.

    Very aero. Sorta heavy. Non-truable. Work great for TTs, etc. but wouldn't really be the wheels I'd pick for a crit.

    I also don't remember if Specialized made cassette versions. They probably did. If so, its probably S8/9/10 compatible. Double check me on this. I paid attention, but not that much...

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    Yep, HED and Specialized made cassette hubs for those wheels. I have a riding buddy that uses them in triathlons.

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    I run Specialized tri on a TT bike..

    Quote Originally Posted by BATMAN
    I came across a deal for the Specialized for $450 for the wheelset and can't seem to find much information on them.

    All I know is that they were the predessessor of the HED 3 wheels.

    Are their weight, reliability/construction, and number of cassette size differences?

    the only differences I was able to find was a bit of weight...I haven't really noticed appreciable time loss with a trispoke over a spoked front wheel...but then again there are too many variables there to compare. it definitely didn't slow me down though...

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