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    HED Big Deal Finish Options?

    Sounds silly, but the only thing really holding me back from ordering these wheels is the glossy finish. I really dislike the carbon weave look, but it is worsened by the glossy finish. I've see these wheels in person on Fatboys and was put off on the finish.

    I was thinking I could live with the "traditional carbon look" if only these were available in matte.

    Now after searching pictures on yahoo, I've seen a number of pics where the rims are void of the glossy finish. Is this an option or just lighting of the pics and my wanting them to be matte???

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    Not sure how it would affect the warranty but and orbital sander and some 600 grit paper would zap the gloss without any danger of taking off too much finish and not leave visible scratches/swirl marks. You could even use steel wool and do it by hand.

    edit: I forget, does HED only sell built wheels even if you have to send in the hubs? If so, disregard doing the matte finish yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebnash View Post
    Is this an option or just lighting of the pics and my wanting them to be matte???
    Have you tried calling or emailing HED to confirm?

    Get the absolute right answer before shelling out that much cash.
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    I would sand as much off as you can...to save weight. Or could you paint them black...to add weight?

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    HED Big Deal Finish Options?

    I like the weave finish. Different than most others.


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    I got mine last November and they are matte, but they certainly could have changed something since then. As mentioned, I'd call and check and if matte is no longer available there are a multitude of ways to dull the finish, I wouldn't let it be a "deal breaker".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I would sand as much off as you can...to save weight. Or could you paint them black...to add weight?
    I sanded and then drilled mine resulting in 122.5g weight savings per wheel. They are way more better now, I'll try and post pics when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johanneson View Post
    I sanded and then drilled mine resulting in 122.5g weight savings per wheel. They are way more better now, I'll try and post pics when I can.
    Exactly what would you drill on a tubeless rim? If you're going to run tubes it kinda defeats the purpose of buying them or am I missing something

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    Can you drill carbon?

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    (whoosh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAM313 View Post
    Exactly what would you drill on a tubeless rim? If you're going to run tubes it kinda defeats the purpose of buying them or am I missing something
    245g of "WickedLite" drillium headed for the landfill!
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    I stand corrected

    My apologies

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnee View Post
    (whoosh)

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    I kinda felt a hook tugging in my mouth when I responded, but go figure, he really did drill them. I can't imagine they are lighter than running sans tube but they look interesting

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    I'm thinking the ultimate thing to do on my LB rims is to get some round stickers and put them in an arrangement that makes it "look" like they are drilled, then tell everyone I did.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    I'm thinking the ultimate thing to do on my LB rims is to get some round stickers and put them in an arrangement that makes it "look" like they are drilled, then tell everyone I did.
    I agree, maybe some checkered round stickers if I could find them anywhere.

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    I wouldn't know where to find them either, but as it turns out, you can make them easy enough with a 30mm spindle spacer and razor blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johanneson View Post
    245g of "WickedLite" drillium headed for the landfill!
    lol I was just owned

    PS you're a brave, brave person

    PSS I hope your insurance is up to date, or you're a tiny wisp of a man

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    Random pattern rim strip got me trippin'!

    Johanneson has wayyyyy too much time on his hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Random pattern rim strip got me trippin'!

    Johanneson has wayyyyy too much time on his hands.
    Yup that and the one that is just about touching the nipple. Am I the only one that enjoys saying nipple?

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    Love the stickers! Cool look!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjdog800 View Post
    Love the stickers! Cool look!
    I thought the drill in the picture was a nice touch. All joking aside, is there any reason why a drilled out single wall carbon rim would not be strong enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmooveP View Post
    I thought the drill in the picture was a nice touch. All joking aside, is there any reason why a drilled out single wall carbon rim would not be strong enough?
    Wasn't/isn't Fatback making a cutout cf rim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    Wasn't/isn't Fatback making a cutout cf rim?
    They most certainly are...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    Wasn't/isn't Fatback making a cutout cf rim?
    This? FATBACK - Fatback 77mm Carbon Footprint

    No weight given. Must be too low to measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johanneson View Post
    245g of "WickedLite" drillium headed for the landfill!
    This is somewhat terrifying to me. The sidewalls of my HED's visible flex if I so much as do the palm pressure test on my tire. They are *thin*. This seems like a catastrophic failure waiting to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebnash View Post
    Now after searching pictures on yahoo, I've seen a number of pics where the rims are void of the glossy finish. Is this an option or just lighting of the pics and my wanting them to be matte???
    I love the finish on mine. I would call it somewhere between a glossy and matte, but certainly not a full on glossy. I really think that they are more likely just bare unidirectional CF without a a clear coat of any kind. My beargrease is a matte finish, and they look great on it.

    Of all things, don't let this deter you from any amazing and innovative product. They are so mind-bogglingly light and yet so strong. I hammered mine all summer last year on rocky trails without issue. It took a direct blow at high speed from a jousting, cantilevered stick to the sidewall to cause any minor damage. These wheels made my fat bike lighter than my 29er.

    Not to mention the ease of tubeless.

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