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HED Ardennes Plus LT Road Wheelset - Clincher

$900.00

Item # HED0073

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Item # HED0073

Description

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. 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

Material:
aluminum
Rim Width:
25 mm
Rim Depth:
24.5 mm
Front Hub:
FR Sonic
Front Hub Type:
quick-release
Rear Hub:
FR Sonic
Rear Hub Type:
Shimano/SRAM 10/11, Campagnolo 11-speed
Spokes:
black bladed
Front Spoke Count:
18 radial
Rear Spoke Count:
24 2-cross
Skewers:
steel
Axle Type:
[front] quick-release, [rear] 9x130 mm quick-release
Brake Compatibility:
caliper
Rotor Compatibility:
no
Wheelbag:
no
Front Weight:
677 g
Rear Weight:
887 g
Complete Set Weight:
1564 g
Recommended Use:
road racing and training
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years
Actual Weight:
Black, 18/14 Spoke, Shimano/SRAM: 1,550g

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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.