Gravel Grinder News: HED Wheels Debuts Emporia GC3 Carbon Wheelset

Gravel Grinder News: HED Wheels Debuts Emporia GC3 Carbon Wheelset – by Guitar Ted

Side view of a HED Emporia GC3 wheel
The HED Emporia GC3 wheel features a carbon rim with a 26mm inner rim dimension.

HED Wheels, the Minnesota U.S.A. based maker of wheels, perhaps best known for their aerodynamic qualities, has released a new wheel in their Emporia range today. Dubbed the Emporia GC3, it features design cues from HED’s Vanquish RC Pro and Vanquish RC Pro Performance Series wheels and has a 30mm rim depth. HED also features a 26mm inner rim width on the new GC3 wheels which HED claims will ‘open up’ a tire and help it perform at its best.

HED GC3 rear wheel
The HED Performance hubs are used on the GC3.

Here is a bit of the press release from HED describing the features of the new Emporia GC3 wheels:

The Emporia GC3 Performance is an all-carbon gravel wheel set, designed and produced by hand by HED in
Minnesota. The rim design borrows heavily from HED’s Pro grade carbon gravel wheels, the Emporia GC3 Pro, but at
a more accessible price point, $1,650 per wheel set.

The wheel set weight is a claimed 1545 grams and is available only in 700c from today at HED Wheels. The hubs are HED’s own HED Performance hubs drilled with 24 holes each. These are laced with Sapim Race DB spokes 2X to the GC3 rims. Those rims, as mentioned, have a 26mm internal width and a 31mm external width. Rim weight is a claimed 405 grams each. The GC3 has a minimum recommended tire width of 32mm.

To learn more about these wheels and other HED wheels see their website here:

See Riding Gravel’s review of a HED Eroica (now Emporia) wheel set here:

Note: All images and spec information used in this post were provided to Riding Gravel by HED Wheels


Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. An inaugural member of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame and Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004- Guitar Ted has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and back road events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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