Other companies could soon benefit from aerodynamic developments

HED has a pretty formidable reputation when it comes to producing aerodynamic wheels, supplying the likes of Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins with time trial wheels for their Tour de France triumphs.

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And now some of HED’s groundbreaking technology could be available to more of us, after Anne Hed, CEO of the American company, said that she would be open to sharing more of its patents with other wheel manufacturers.

Hed’s statement came after the company announced that it had shared a patent with Specialized that covered wide, toroidal rim and tyre designs designed to be used in crosswinds. HED also has a seperate patent that just covers the shape and design of the rim.

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HED wheels have been at the forefront of aerodynamic wheel developments since the company was set up in 1984, introducing the world’s first disc wheel in the first few years of its existence. Since then, the company has supplied wheels to many of the top names in both cycling and triathlon, with big names such as Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, and, back in the day, Lance Armstrong riding unbranded HED wheels instead of their sponsors’ models.

  • blemcooper

    They could always share with anybody, it’s just a matter of how much they wanted for licensing the patents and whether the others would be willing to pay.

    So is the jist of this that HED is offering more affordable/resonable licensing terms?