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HED Ardennes Plus LT Road Wheelset - Clincher

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  • Black, 18/24 Spoke, Shimano/SRAM ($599.00)
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Item # HED0073

The classic gets wider.

Wide rims are here to stay, and if you still aren't sure what all the fuss is about, let us introduce you to the HED Ardennes Plus LT Clincher Road Wheelset. Some things are best left unchanged, and accordingly, the Ardennes LT keeps its aluminum rims and HED Sonic hubs. But change can be a good thing too, which is why HED bumped the width up to 25mm. And that means more of the fast rolling and superior grip that you've come to expect.

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 LT 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 Plus LT is compatible with tubeless setups, in addition to traditional clincher tires with tubes.

The Plus LT wheelset rolls on HED's Sonic hubs, much like its FR and Plus FR brethren. The spokes are stainless items, of which the front wheel has 18 and the rear has 24. And they're bladed to reduce aerodynamic drag. To keep the wheelset in place, HED includes its steel quick-release skewers. The result is a wheelset that weighs just around 1564 grams.

The HED Ardennes Plus LT Clincher Road Wheelset is available with either a Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo freehub compatibility and in the color Black. Please note that rim tape is not included and HED's suggested rider weight limit for these wheels is 225lb.

  • Wide, aerodynamically-efficient rim
  • Tubeless-compatible
  • 18/24 spoke count
  • 25mm rim width and depth

Tech Specs

Rim Material:
aluminum
Wheel Size:
700 c
Tire Type:
clincher
Rim Depth:
24.5 mm
Rim Width:
25 mm
Brake Compatibility:
caliper
Hubs:
HED FR Sonic
Skewers:
steel
Spokes:
black bladed
Spoke Count:
18 / 24
Wheel Bag Included:
no
Claimed Weight:
Black, 18/24 Spoke, Shimano/SRAM: 1550g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Avg. ride time: 1h 49m per week
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4 5

Punches harder than where they're priced

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This wheelset is quirky, but well worth the buy --especially while on sale. It looks, rides, and feels very much like Hed Belgium C2 rims, as I have cooked thru two sets of those rims. Comparatively the wider Plus version makes hard cornering even more surefooted for a Clydesdale on 25mm. The brake track on these rims have a smooth transition to the rest of the rim, actually sitting with a reverse draft angle. HED Belgiums have vertical, machined brake tracks. I have since regulated these to my new cyclocross wheels. In regards to mounting tires, when using the tubeless ready rim tape from HED or Stan's, they fill up the volume of the inside of the rim quite a bit, making tire installation fairly difficult. I have actually preferred to run Rox USA Ultralight rim tape twice around, which adds a lot of slop while the tires are not inflated, making the use of tire levers unneeded. The hubs are slow new, but spool up just as fast as any other rim once broken in. I'm running these wheels with SRAM Shorty Ultimate canti brakes and started to have mud clearance issues due to the wide rim width. I have had to switch to low profile SwissStop BXP EVO brake pads to compensate and gain back mud clearance.

Avg. ride time: 6h 6m per week
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Does the Hed Ardennes LT+ wheelset include Hed's dual purpose rim tape(tubeless/traditional),and a freehub spacer for 10-speed compatibility?

Responded on

The set I ordered from competitive came with two rolls of the dual purpose rim tape (one for each wheel). you go around the wheel twice with this tape and there is plenty provided in each roll. It also came with a 2.8mm spacer for Shimano cassettes and a 1.8 for SRAM ( both spacers being for 10 speeds versus 11 speed use).

Best Answer Responded on

I just received my set, did not get rim tape, need to check as far as spacers...

Responded on

My Hed Ardennes LT+ wheelset arrived with no tubeless rim tape! The two rolls of dual purpose rim tape were missing! But the wheels did come with the 1.8mm and the 2.8mm freehub spacers.

Responded on

Mine didn't arrive with rim tape either. If I want to run tubeless, is the Stans yellow tape 21mm the best option?

How is the rear hub on these wheels... quiet or loud?

Responded on

Average I would say. I wouldn't call it quiet but I have also heard way louder hubs.

Avg. ride time: 6h 6m per week
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Hello, I have ordered the Hed Ardennes + LT wheelset and was wondering about tire pressure on the wide 25mm rims. I plan to run 23mm or 25mm clincher tires with these wheels. I weigh 150lbs. Thanks!

Best Answer Responded on

I believe HED indicates a MAX psi of 100 on the plus rims. Take a look at their YouTube channel. They have 4-5 videos about the plus rims and 100 pis is indicated as a max PSI for the plus.

Responded on

I have these wheels and have a pair of Schwalbe One 25mm's at 90-100 and i weigh 152-ish. They are pretty smooth at that tire pressure.

OK, help me out here. If I switch to a 25mm wheel from a 23mm wheel, do I have to get new tires to match? I notice that the tires recommended above for this wheelset include both 23- and 25mm versions. I'm confused.

Responded on

No. If you have 23 mm tires you can still use them but if you want to really get all the benefits of a more comfort ride then 25 will help.

5 5

Great wheels

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Using these wheels with a 700X25 tire will produce an exceptionally comfortable ride with no sacrifice in speed. I have contacted tech people at Hed about the Vredestein tires allowing up to 145 psi. The people at Hed are very receptive and helpful which is a definite plus when selecting a wheelset.

The dropdown menu lists only options for 18/14 spoke count, while the description says 24 count in the rear. Is that a typo?

Responded on

Hi, the Ardennes Plus LT has 18 spokes in the front, 24 spokes in the rear. We will get the typo in the dropdown menu corrected. Get in touch to place an order, or if you have any questions about road wheels!

5 5

everybody loves them

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a set of these for my girlfriend to ride this last year and she rave's about them. She feels more stable than other wheels she has ridden and likes that they get up to speed so easily. I rode them several times and have to agree and they are now the top of my list for everyday training wheelsets. They are extremely efficient so climbing is a breeze as well. To get a better wheel I honestly thing you'll have to spend double the price.