HED Ardennes CL Wheelset - Clincher
- Item: HED0001 Actual Weight:"Actual Weight" means we weighed this item ourselves. 1510 g
There are those of us who want a lightweight wheelset, but don't trust radial lacing or low spoke counts. These are probably the first people to look at the Hed Ardennes CL Clincher Wheelset. If you weigh 50kg, you're probably looking to put these wheels on your 29er. If you weigh 90kg, you probably shouldn't go this light for your daily miles, but race day might be a different story. Everyone else in the vast middle; it depends on your temperament, riding style, and roads (or lack thereof).
CL is short for Classic. It used to be called the Kermesse: either way, same idea. The wheelset takes the anodized and machined C2 rim of the Ardennes LT, and mates it to flanged Sonic hubs via 24 spokes in the front and 28 in the rear. This is a daily wheel, a cyclocross wheel, something that is designed to roll well and take a pounding.
Making a rim 23mm wide and 25mm deep when most rims are around 19mm wide and 19-23mm deep is a big difference. The reason for the greater width is because of 23mm tires, the minimum tire width you almost always should be using on the road (there are 22mm clinchers; these will work, too). A 23mm rim paired with a 23mm tire changes the tire's footprint. It grips better in a straight line, and it grips better in turns because the tire deforms differently and more evenly. A 23mm tire on a 23mm rim also has lower rolling resistance..
The flanged Sonic hubs run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. They spaced the flanges as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in better lateral stiffness. The spokes are two-cross front and rear and have Sapim bladed spokes threaded to alloy nipples.
With the Hed Ardennes CL Clincher Wheelset, you choose between a Campagnolo-spline cassette body and a Shimano/SRAM-spline body. The wheels come with Hed's steel-shafted skewers and Hed's rim strip. Hed does not recommends this wheel for people weighing over 225lbs. Claimed weight for the set is 1642g.