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HED Ardennes Plus FR Road Wheelset - Clincher

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Sitting atop the pile of HED's alloy wheels is the Ardennes FR Plus Clincher Wheelset. At a massive 25mm wide, and under 1500 grams for the set, it establishes a new benchmark in the realm of aluminum clinchers. They get all of the details that you'd expect, such as Sapim bladed spokes, titanium skewers, and a grease port at the rear hub. And when you factor in the superior braking of an aluminum rim, this wheelset proves that carbon fiber isn't the only option for taking your wheels into the 21st century.

Wide rims have become standard for road use over the past few seasons, and HED's C2 rim shape has been at the forefront of this. The Plus FR takes this trend a step further by upping the width of the scandium alloy rim by two millimeters, to 25mm. The upshot is that you get more of the same traits that are relegating narrow rims to the antique bin. Namely, better grip and faster rolling through an improved tire profile. And, you can rest assured that these aren't empty promises. All things being equal, a wider rim puts more of the tire on the road, and that increased contact patch means more grip, especially while cornering. Better yet, by widening the tire's base, more of the sidewall is oriented vertically, and that means that the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface. So, you'll roll through them, not over them. And just in case you're looking for the fastest rolling setup around, the FR Plus is compatible with tubeless setups, in addition to traditional clincher tires with tubes.

At the heart of the Plus FR wheelset are HED's Sonic hubs. The carbon fiber hub shells are bonded to aluminum flanges in order to provide a stiff, lightweight assembly. The rear hub has an external grease port, which means that you're able to pump fresh grease in there without having to disassemble the rear hub. The spokes are Sapim CX rays, of which the front wheel has 18, and the rear has 24. Traditional spokes are drawn from stainless wire, but the CX Rays are forged, which makes them considerably stiffer than traditional options. Additionally, they're bladed to reduce aerodynamic drag. A wheelset of this caliber deserves a set of skewers to match, which is why HED includes its titanium quick-releases. It all adds up to a wheelset that comes in around 1492 grams. This makes the Plus FR an exercise in having your cake and eating it too.

The HED Ardennes Plus FR Clincher Wheelset is available with either a Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo freehub compatibility and in the color Black. It's worth noting that both freehub bodies are compatible with 11-speed cassettes, and that these wheels ship with airtight rim tape that makes them compatible with tubeless setups. Please note that HED's suggested rider weight limit for these wheels is 225lb.

Tech Specs

[rim] aluminum
Rim Width:
25 mm
Rim Depth:
24.5 mm
Front Hub:
HED Carbon FR Sonic
Front Hub Type:
Rear Hub:
HED Sonic
Rear Hub Type:
Shimano/SRAM 9/10/11, Campagnolo
Sapim CX-Ray
Front Spoke Count:
18 radial
Rear Spoke Count:
24 2-cross
Brake Compatibility:
Rotor Compatibility:
Front Weight:
650 g
Rear Weight:
842 g
Complete Set Weight:
1492 g
Recommended Use:
road and cyclocross racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years limited

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High quality HED hoops.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Phenomenal wheel set...strong, fast, spins like a record and lightweight. A few hundred miles into use and the rims are everything I expected. It's quite amazing how a 23mm Conti 4 season mounts up to a 25mm wide rim opposed to a traditional 23mm rim. I'm a 200 pounder and the wheels don't flex at all.


These Wheels do not come with tires installed on them. The price is only for the wheelset alone. Not with tires.

Would these fit on a 2012 Orbea Orca with 25mm tires? Enough clearance to use these? Problems?

It will be a tight fit and won't leave any clearance for mud or debris but the wide tires and wheels should fit. If they don't you can return them unused for a full refund.

Avg. ride time: 4h 13m per week
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Are these wheels available in the Stallion Build?

Hi there,

Yes these wheels are available in "Stallion Build." If you would like to order a pair, contact me at and I would love to help you out.

I think you may want to update the rider weight limits for the Ardennes PLUS series. They're 225 for standard build, 250 for stallion.

Best Answer

Hi Buffalobillyj,

Thanks for bringing the error to our attention. Hed does recommend this wheelset for riders up to 225 pounds. We will correct our description.

I have lots of experience with the Ardennes wheels, both the original and plus versions. If you have questions, or would like to order a pair, cal me at 801-736-6369 x 4076 or email me at