25 is the new 21, we guess. There is so much buzz around gravel riding and just plain using big tires with drop bar bikes. Wheels you use for racing or generally going fast on the road have evolved and keep evolving albeit at a much slower pace than a while ago. Gravel wheels, on the other hand, are in a much faster evolution phase, and there are a bunch of new ones out there.
The HED Eroica rims got leaked about a year ago, and have finally landed. In what's going to be a common theme here, they're 25mm wide internal, but these are 24mm deep. Unusually for alloy rims, the external width is a full 5mm wider than the internal. These suckers have sort of a fat lip, which HED pithily calls the Fat Lip. This is meant to provide more durability against dings and dents. Despite this, they're still light enough for business at 460g in 700c/440 for 650b. The rims are symmetrical (no offset) and have a hooked bead. Graphics are understated and well done, in keeping with HED's style. If you've followed us at all, you know the high regard we have for HED's alloy rims, and these are absolutely in keeping with the work that made us fall for them so long ago.
The blackest of all these new rims are the All Road 23s. You guessed it - they're 25mm wide internal (just like our other All Road wheels), but slightly less wide externally than the others at 30mm. Unlike the deeper All Roads, these have a hookless bead, which is why there's slightly less difference between inner and outer widths. These are meant for 33mm tubeless tires at least (gotta be tubeless), with a max pressure of 50psi. There aren't any restrictions on which brand of tubeless tires you can use - we've tried a bunch and they've all worked great. But they do need to be tubeless tires, whether you use tubes or not. They're 23mm deep, and they have a 2mm offset. At a feathery 365g for 700c (650b model will happen in a few months), it's easy to get these down to around 1300g with standard parts (or a bunch under if you go weight weenie). . I've been on these for nearly a year, mostly with the 35mm Schwalbe G-Ones shown here. Perfect
All of the standard options will be added in time (have we mentioned that it takes a bunch of doing to get the product pages all built?) but the HEDs are available now for standard delivery, and the All Road 23s are available to order in the current pre-order.
They'll also now all be available with Onyx hubs, which is a story for another day...