Token reveal Hero wheelset

New race wheel comes with alloy braking surfaces and a radically-shaped carbon rim profile

by Mat Brett   August 15, 2013  

Token Hero C45A rear

Token are launching a new Hero C45A clincher with a rim shape that’s radically different from anything else we’ve seen, designed to perform well in the wind tunnel and provide extra strength and stiffness.

Rather than a V-shape, a U-shape, or even a toroidal rim profile, the 45mm-deep Hero C45A has what Token are calling a SwiftEdge rim. Below the 23mm-wide alloy brake track, the carbon walls are slightly concaved before splaying outwards to form a raised lip. The sides then head in towards the centre, again with slightly concaved faces.

Sounds complicated? It’s probably best that you just look at the cutaway picture to see for yourself…

We’ve not seen anything like it before. Reynolds have their Swirl Lip Generator but that’s not really similar to this Token design. The only thing they have in common is the use of a lip.

So why have Token gone down this route?

“The lip provides extra strength and stiffness and, unlike a traditional aero rim, it splits crosswinds. In headwinds the lip pushes air around and away from the wheel. Stability comes from the wider 23mm rim and straight-pull spokes laced in a diametric spoke pattern add strength, stiffness and optimised power transfer.”

We first saw the Hero C45A design at the Taipei International Cycle Show earlier in the year, but we were sworn to secrecy at the time. We didn’t have the chance to use the wheel back then and we’ve still not, so we can’t comment on the performance. Neither have Token given us any wind tunnel data although, it has to be said, until there's some kind of standardisation in testing, the value of that kind of information is limited at best.

The hubs use Token’s TBT (Tiramic Bearing Technology) Bearings. Token say that the starting torque of the ceramic balls is only 74% that of normal bearings while the turning torque is 67%.

The wheels are built up with 20 Sapim CX-Ray aero spokes at the front, and 24 at the rear (16 on the driveside, eight on the non-driveside).

The SwiftEdge rims weigh 597g each with the complete wheels a claimed 795g (f) and 944g (r). That’s a total of 1,739g for both HC45A wheels (without rim tape). They’ll be available in Shimano/SRAM 10-spd/11spd and in Campagnolo 10spd/11spd.

The wheels will come with Token’s Shark Tail skewers, a wheel bag, 48mm valve extenders and rim tape. The maximum rider weight is 90kg.

The Hero C45A wheelset will be £899 from Token's UK distributor i-ride.

For more from Token go to http://tokenproducts.com/index.php. 

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Any word on price?

EDIT: duuhhh, read the full article!

posted by merckxissimo [59 posts]
15th August 2013 - 16:51

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We're not always able to get prices immediately, especially if we're dealing with a company in the Far East or the US where they're working at different times to us. We sometimes have to sling up the article and then add in the details later when they've had a chance to get back to us.

It's not ideal, I know, but it's either that or be later with the story... and you can't do that in the cut and thrust world of international bike journalism!

posted by Mat Brett [1823 posts]
15th August 2013 - 17:04

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They look expensive..... out of my league unless I win the lottery Sad

Endorphines going up and adrenaline going down, who needs drugs?

posted by banzicyclist2 [188 posts]
15th August 2013 - 17:20

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Mat Brett wrote:
We're not always able to get prices immediately, especially if we're dealing with a company in the Far East or the US where they're working at different times to us. We sometimes have to sling up the article and then add in the details later when they've had a chance to get back to us.

It's not ideal, I know, but it's either that or be later with the story... and you can't do that in the cut and thrust world of international bike journalism!

Wasn't a slight on the story. I'd definitely rather hear what's in the pipeline than be kept in the dark because you don't have a price. Jumped the gun asking the question because I didn't read properly Wink Keep up the good work!!

posted by merckxissimo [59 posts]
15th August 2013 - 22:10

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They look really interesting. I've been impressed with the limited experience I've had with Token's components (a BB that just kept on going and going, and a mate's Fixie wheel set), so hopefully these are good. Not featherweights, but fair play to Token for trying something different.

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posted by andyspaceman [213 posts]
15th August 2013 - 22:36

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Yeah, I realised that, merckxissimo. Just thought I'd explain why it's sometimes the case. We now have a US price - not a UK one, but better than nothing. Gives us a rough idea.

Exactly, andyspaceman, I agree. We've no idea how these perform but it's always cool to see a brand innovating rather than simply creating a me-too product.

posted by Mat Brett [1823 posts]
16th August 2013 - 10:14

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Been using a pair of Token Tiramic bearing hubs for 2 years and can report they are as good as Token say.

The new rim shape seems a little quirky but who knows, could be onto something.

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posted by CliveDS [37 posts]
17th August 2013 - 2:03

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