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HED Ardennes Plus SL Road Wheelset - Clincher

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Item # HED001W

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Item # HED001W

Ubiquitous.

If the tech sheet, marketing copy, and glowing reviews from major publications aren't enough to sell you on the plush, efficient ride of HED's Ardennes Plus SL Road Wheelset, then just head to your local two-wheeled hotspot and count the number of times you see that unmistakable branding roll by on everything from carbon race frames to steel touring machines with wheelbases you can measure in meters. This ubiquity is no accident.

Given that it self-styles as Super Light, we'd be remiss not to mention that the Ardennes Plus SL is both light, but not as light as the line-topping Ardennes Black model, which effectively replaced the FR Plus for 2015. But small discrepancies in weight are of little consequence when balanced against the benefits of HED's C2 rim design, which the Plus models take even a step further. Two additional millimeters of width result in even better grip and faster rolling through an improved tire profile.

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

The Plus SL wheelset still rolls on the Sonic Black hubs also used on the Black Plus wheels. The front hub features the same carbon fiber hub shell and bonded aluminum flanges as the Black Plus, while the rear hub forgoes the carbon fiber shell in favor of a slightly heavier aluminum version. The rear hub has an external grease port, the spokes are Sapim CX rays, which are forged for added stiffness and bladed to reduce aerodynamic drag.

The rims ship with tubeless-ready rim tape (not installed), and HED recommends a rider weight limit of 225 pounds.

Tech Specs

Claimed Weight:
1,485 g
Hubs:
HED Black Sonic
Brake Compatibility:
rim brake
Tire Type:
clincher
Rim Depth:
24.5 mm
Spoke Count:
18 / 24
Skewers:
stainless steel
Max Rider Weight:
225 lbs
Wheel Size:
700 c
Rim Material:
aluminum
Recommended Use:
road, cyclocross
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years
Rim Width:
[external] 25 mm, [internal] 20.7 mm
Spokes:
Sapim CX-Ray

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5 5

Width Makes the Difference

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have them mounted with Hutchinson Fusion 3 tubeless tires. First thing right off the bat is how supple the ride is, although much credit has to be given to the lower pressures of the tubeless setup.

Second is the cornering confidence, being able to lean the bike into a corner as much as the bike's geometry will allow. Awesome for crits! Haven't had any issues with stiffness, no flexing on climbs or sprints. Hubs roll nicely, reliability remains to be seen, only 4K miles on my set.

Only downsides are they won't climb like Enve 3.4's or hold speed like Reynolds 58 Aero, but these are apples to oranges comparisons.

Awesome wheelset

Width Makes the Difference