HED Emporia GC3 Performance gravel wheelset review - strong, robust and made in the USA

A solid, dependable set of hoops but - no surprise - they are more expensive than those made in the Far East

Image shows the HED Emporia GC3 Performance wheels
(Image credit: Joe Baker)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The HED Emporia GC3 Performance gravel wheels proved to be robust and well designed. The large internal rim width provided excellent support for the tire sidewalls and, despite being hammered across rock-hard frozen earth, the wheels stayed perfectly true for the duration of the test period - a testament to their handbuilt quality. These wheels are expensive, though, so those on a budget might wish to look elsewhere.

Reasons to buy
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    Handbuilt in the USA

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    Strong pair of wheels

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    Great rim profile

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Reasons to avoid
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    Priced on the high side

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HED has been a long standing player in the premium wheel market, with a history in revolutionary wheels handbuilt in the USA. So, when we got our hands on the HED Emporia GC3 Performance gravel wheelset, safe to say our expectations were set pretty high. 

The GC3 Performance - although the entry level wheels - performed well on all sorts of terrain, putting up with all the tests we threw at them and stack up well against the best gravel bike wheels.

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