Back in Stock: Pacenti and HED Rims

Back in Stock: Pacenti and HED Rims

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.

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Comments (8)

  • Gilbert CONDIS

    Quelle est la distance entre crochet de ces jantes ? Quelle est la largeur de la jante ? Pour quelles sections de pneus sont-elles prévues ?
    Happy new year 2021 !!!

    December 31, 2020 at 5:32 am
    • Jan Heine

      Please check the ‘Tech Specs’ on the product page for these rims. There you find all the information.

      S’il vous plaît, consultez les ‘Tech Specs’ sur la page web du produit. Vous y trouverez tous les infos.

      December 31, 2020 at 8:46 am
  • tomas

    I sure would like to get a couple of pairs with 36 hole drilling: any idea if/when you may have that item available?

    December 31, 2020 at 10:51 am
    • Jan Heine

      Unfortunately, there weren’t any 36-hole rims in this shipment, and we don’t have an ETA.

      December 31, 2020 at 11:51 am
  • Jeff

    Sapim’s website ( recommends NOT using Laser spokes on disc brakes. Have you had any issues with this?

    They also recommend different lacing pattern for disc vs. rim brakes. Don’t know if anyone follows this advice.

    December 31, 2020 at 2:10 pm
    • Jan Heine

      Most of that depends on how many spokes you run. If you’re using 24 spokes or fewer, you may stress the spokes a lot, but probably still less than the peak loads you get on the rear. I’m using Lasers on my Firefly (32 hole front wheel) without any problems, even with hydraulic discs.

      The idea that pulling spokes should be on the outside also seems one of those ‘marginal gain’ things that don’t seem to matter in the real world.

      December 31, 2020 at 7:54 pm
  • Benjamin Van Orsdol

    I’d be curious to know the differences between 36vs32 hole wheels. Besides 4 spokes. If we’re running wider tires these days, maybe those extra 4 spokes are unnecessary. Or is the weight penalty of the spokes too small to matter either way? Is there a science to chosing spoke numbers and patterns?

    December 31, 2020 at 5:34 pm
    • Jan Heine

      36 holes used to be the standard, but even with narrow tires and old-style rims, 32 holes was fine, too. With wider tires and better spokes, there’s much less risk of breaking spokes. You can get away with far fewer spokes, but the advantages are also not that great. So it’s down to personal preference – a little extra insurance with 32 spokes, or a little less weight and drag with 28 or even 24. It makes sense to run a few more spokes on the rear, as front wheels rarely break spokes (at least with rim brakes).

      December 31, 2020 at 7:56 pm

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