Back in Stock: Pacenti and HED RimsJan Heine
We just received shipments of Pacenti and HED rims. It’s taken a long time, and some quantities are very limited. We appreciate your patience while these remain in short supply. We think these rims are worth the wait.
A good rim fades into the background. It’s designed so the tire is easy to mount – I don’t even carry tire levers any longer – yet the tire stays on securely even when it’s mounted tubeless. A good rim builds up straight, and it doesn’t develop cracks from the stresses of the spokes. It should be easy to make a good rim, and yet…
We’ve found that both the Pacenti Brevet and the HED Belgium work very well. Unlike earlier Pacenti rims that tended to crack, the Brevet was designed with our input, and it’s proven reliable for many 10,000s of miles on our own bikes. The HED rims have been trouble-free from the onset. Both models are a great match for our Rene Herse tires, with a fit that is secure, but not overly tight.
The polished Brevets look great on a bike with silver components, while the HEDs have a more contemporary appearance, plus they are available for disc brakes. (Disc rims don’t need extra material that wears off as you brake, so they can be a little lighter.)
To build your wheels, we carry Sapim Laser spokes. They are by far the best spokes we’ve found. They are very smooth so they don’t have stress risers that can lead to cracks and failure. The short butts optimize weight and aerodynamics. With their ultra-thin 1.5 mm center sections, you have to compensate for spoke windup when you tension and true them, but the plus is a wheel that’s incredibly strong and light. (Thinner spokes stretch more, so they don’t detension as easily when the wheel hits a bump.) We carry Sapim spokes not just in the lengths needed to build a wheel with the SON generator hubs in our program, but in many other useful lengths as well. Some lengths are low in stock, but more are on the way. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work hard to keep all products in stock during these challenging times.