Demo Wheels – Road – HED Belgium Plus and Bitex

OVERVIEW:

Wide stiff rims mated to a set of light and reasonably priced hubs.  Fantastic tubeless tires, and upgraded brake pads.

SPECIFICATIONS:

HUBS – Bitex
RIMS – HED Belgium Plus
SPOKES – Sapim CX-Ray, 24/28 spoke count
NIPPLES – Alloy
TIRES – Schwalbe Pro One, tubeless, “23mm” (actually measure 26.2mm)
BRAKE PADS – Kool Stop, Salmon
SKEWERS – Velocity
WHEELSET WEIGHT: 1487g

Specialized S-Works Tarmac sporting the Bitex/HED Belgium Plus demo wheelset.
Specialized S-Works Tarmac sporting the Bitex/HED Belgium Plus demo wheelset.

DETAILS:

Here’s your chance to try a great complete wheel and tire combination!  The HED Belgium Plus rims are exceptionally well made, are stiff, really wide with a 21mm inner width that opens the tires up for better performance.  Bitex hubs offer amazing bang for the buck, are light, come in lots of colors, and lots of drilling options.  The CX-Ray spokes are light and bladed for improved aerodynamics.  The 24/28 spoke count is a great mix of light weight and good durability and stiffness for most riders – of course if you purchase a set we’ll tailor them specifically for you, and it may be a slightly different build.

The HED rim graphics are subtle, and painted on for great durability. The Schwalbe Pro One measures a bit over 26mm on the wide rims, making the tire sidewall nearly perfectly flush with the rim sidewall for improved aerodynamics. The salmon colored KoolStop pads take care of stopping duties.
The HED rim graphics are subtle, and painted on for great durability. The Schwalbe Pro One measures a bit over 26mm on the wide rims, making the tire sidewall nearly perfectly flush with the rim sidewall for improved aerodynamics. The salmon colored KoolStop pads take care of stopping duties.

The Schwalbe Pro One tires are arguably the best tubeless road tires available, with one of the lowest rolling resistances ever measured by Bicycle Rolling Resistance.  They are light weight, have good traction, and a smooth riding supple casing, and the Orange Seal sealant means lots of flat-free miles.  In an effort to allow the wheels to fit the largest variety of bikes, the wheels are set up with the 23mm tires – however, on the wide HED rims they actually measure a bit over 26mm wide.

Bitex hub with laser engraved Southern Wheelworks logo, bladed Sapim CX-Ray spokes.
Bitex hub with laser engraved Southern Wheelworks logo, bladed Sapim CX-Ray spokes.

The Kool Stop brake pads stop better than stock/OEM pads – especially in the wet.  Finally, the Velocity skewers use an internal cam design for lots of clamping force without needing a ton of force on the lever, and they’re reasonably priced.

Velocity skewers look great and work even better.
Velocity skewers look great and work even better.