Quintana Roo Partnering with HED to Add the Vanquish 6 GP Wheelset to its PR Disc Bike Lines
April 24, 2019
Co-developed wheelset designed to build stronger, faster, lighter tri bikes costing less money
Chattanooga, TN (April 24, 2019) – American Bicycle Group (ABG), manufacturer of two lines of high-performance bicycles – Quintana Roo (QR) and Litespeed (LS) – today announced it formed a strategic alliance with HED Cycling to co-develop a new HED wheelset for its QR disc bikes. The Vanquish 6 GP wheelset is the result of this collaboration and is now being offered as an option on ABG’s QR custom-built Disc bikes, the PRsix, PRfive and the PRfour.
The co-developed Vanquish 6 GP wheelset takes QR’s disc-brake triathlon bikes to the next level of performance, and at the same time reduces the price of a custom-built bike. The HED wheel lets QR customers upgrade to a custom-built, top-tier race wheel for about $2k less than other carbon race wheel options.
Made in HED’s Minnesota factory, the Vanquish 6 GP undergoes an in-depth quality control process. The proprietary wheels use the same patented rim shape that HED uses for all of its disc-specific wheelsets. The 6 GP shape is all-new, with a 30mm external width (21mm internal width). This results in a superior aerodynamic performance with 23-28mm tires.
Our passion to deliver value and top-level performance has been elevated to a new level with our partnership and collaboration with the HED team, said ABG CEO Peter Hurley. With this wheelset, the HED team has taken Steve Hed’s vision for high-performance, aerodynamic wheels and expanded on it with creative-thinking and integrity. I know our athletes will greatly appreciate the effort that went into this new wheel.
HED is known for building the world’s most aerodynamic wheels. When Steve Hed started his company in 1984, he wanted not only aerodynamics but also the fastest wheels on earth. To do that, Hed looked at issues such as tire performance, stability in crosswinds, lateral stiffness, drivetrain efficiency, durability, comfort, quality control, carbon fiber manipulation, and weight. All of these elements came into play with the development of the Vanquish 6 GP.
The Vanquish 6 GP wheelset was our first pair of full carbon clinchers and we took a very collaborative approach to developing it with Quintana Roo, said HED CEO Anne Hed. The end result is something that I know my husband would have approved of. He loved nothing more than developing technologically advanced wheels for an unmatched value, and that’s what we did with QR.
Quintana Roo will be at the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas North American Championships in The Woodlands, TX. QR will have a booth where race attendees can demo a QR disc-brake bike and see the new HED wheels on display.
About American Bicycle Group
Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, American Bicycle Group manufactures leading-edge, high performance bikes and wetsuits under the Quintana Roo brand; and the Litespeed brand, titanium road, and mountain bikes. QR was launched in 1987 to build the first triathlon-specific bike. In 2017, ABG invested in an expanded manufacturing facility with a paint and assembly line for its QR and Litespeed bikes, allowing athletes custom build a bike. Demand was high and the line was expanded in 2018. Athletes can order from their local dealer or order online direct, customizing his/her bike to precisely fit the look, feel and performance desired. All bikes shipped in the continental United States are sent fully assembled, directly to the buyer’s door in the QR ProBox.
About HED Cycling
HED Cycling Products, Inc. was founded in 1984 by the late Steve Hed and is known for building the world’s most aerodynamic wheels. HED goes much further than just aerodynamics. The company produces tires that perform, have stability in crosswinds, lateral stiffness, drivetrain efficiency, durability, comfort, quality control, carbon fiber manipulation, and weight are carefully considered. Since Hed died in 2014, his wife and business partner, Anne has continued his work. The company continues to push boundaries by producing and innovating products that are the most technologically advanced for an unmatched value.
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