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HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Carbon Disc Brake Wheelset
HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Carbon Disc Brake Wheelset HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Disc Wheelset
HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Carbon Disc Brake Wheelset HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Disc Wheelset
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HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Carbon Disc Brake Wheelset
HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Carbon Disc Brake Wheelset HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Disc Wheelset
HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Carbon Disc Brake Wheelset HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Disc Wheelset

Vanquish RC8 Pro Carbon Disc Brake Wheelset

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The Vanquish RC8 RC Pro — A Disc Brake Masterpiece

Shopping for new wheels can always be a struggle. You need wheels that are stronger, faster, and lighter than ever to stay on top of the game. On top of that, it has to be the safest wheel possible, since other full-carbon rim brake wheels on the market can be subject to melting and tire blowouts. The creative minds at HED Cycling Products came up with their Vanquish RC8 Pro Disc Wheelset for this exact purpose.

The one-of-a-kind HED Vanquish RC8 Pro rims are made by hand in Minnesota, U.S.A., and undergo an unprecedented level of quality control. The rim shape is all-new, with a huge 30mm external width (21mm internal width). This results in superb aerodynamic performance with 23-28mm tires, with drag numbers that dip below -300g. The Vanquish RC8 Pro's all-carbon rim construction makes it lighter, stronger, and faster than the competition. The 30mm external/21mm internal width and tubeless-ready tire bed has a hybrid spoked-carbon design, creating a stiff and efficient wheel for maximum power transfer.

The HED Vanquish RC8 Pro Wheelset is only available in a disc brake model. Why you ask? Two reasons: 1) Carbon rims do not cool as efficiently as alloy rims. The extreme heating and cooling cycles of an all-carbon rim brake clincher rim compromises the structural integrity of the inner tube and can cause a tire casing to soften or even melt – a clear safety risk. 2) Removing the rim brake from the equation allowed HED to make a new rim profile that simply wouldn't fit inside of a rim brake. It's a true disc-brake-specific rim, unencumbered by rim brake constraints.


  • Rim constructed from 110 gsm Carbon Fiber
  • 567g rim weight
  • 84mm rim depth
  • 479mm effective rim diameter
  • 21mm internal rim width
  • 24 hole count
  • 28mm optimal tire size
  • J bend Sapim CX Ray spoke
  • Front spoke length – 228mm / 230mm
  • Rear spoke length – 226mm / 230mm
  • Sonic 515 HED Hub centerlock in front, Sonic 545 HED Hub centerlock in rear
  • 813g front wheel weight, 945 rear wheel weight

  • FREE Cassette Installation - Order a cassette along with a wheelset and we can install the cassette for free. Cassette installation requires special tools that not all our customers have. The cassette will be professionally installed and torqued to spec. Just add "Please install cassette" to your order notes at checkout and we'll take care of you.

    B-Stock - This product has one or more B-Stock units available. These units can be purchased at a discount (see option select). B-Stock units were returned from other customers and may have missing or damaged packaging materials. These units are otherwise as new. The full manufacturer warranty applies. Click Here for more information.


    Wheel Features: Disc Brake Compatible 


    Brake Compatibility: Centerlock Disc 


    Tire Compatibility: Clincher Tubeless Ready 


    Axles: Thru-Axle 


    Internal Rim Width: 21 mm

    Shimano 11sp - 12x100/12x142, Centerlock

    Mfg PartNum: V8-1144 / V8-2341 

    Cassette Type: Shimano 11 

    XDR 12sp - 12x100/12x142, Centerlock

    Mfg PartNum: V8-1144 / V8-2343 

    Cassette Type: XDR 

    Mfg Warranty: 60 Mo. Parts & Labor

    Warranty URL: https://hedcycling.com/warranties/

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    As fast as they look (2000 mi review)
    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Chicago, IL
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

    These wheels are worth their price, more so if they're on sale. You can immediately feel the benefits at high speeds; its a lot easier to hold 40+ km/h and they're surprisingly stable in windy conditions. They front wheel can be a little choppy when cross winds are strong, but I've had no issues keeping my bike under control.

    Both wheels have stayed true even after riding through nasty potholes and bearings feel silky smooth. The front wheel never wants to stop spinning. The rear hub has a slightly higher pitched, more pingy, metallic freehub noise.

    The internal width is wide so I run 28mm GP5ks, front and rear, with inner tubes pumped to 60psi (I weigh 125 lbs). The ride quality is smooth, comfortable, and fast. There have been no issues with pinch flats.

    Don't forget to buy valve extenders, and make sure to wrap threaded valve components with teflon tape so everything is airtight. HED's own branded valve extenders have worked well.

    Reviewed 9/5/2022
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