HED's extra-wide workhorse.
HED's Ardennes wheel line has become widely popular for its light weight and ultra-wide profile. So, when it came time to update its rim profiles, HED made sure that those changes were applied to its long-time staple, the Plus CL Wheelset. Along with the new 25mm rim width, it features the same higher spoke count that's continually made the Ardennes CL the wheel of choice for both stallions and cyclocross racers alike. So, whether you're looking for a bombproof training wheelset, or just some extra peace of mind, the CL Plus wheelset will do the trick.
The CL Plus forgoes the scandium alloy rim of its SL and FR siblings in favor of an aluminum rim. And while it comes at the expense of a handful of grams, you're still getting the full benefit of HED's new and wider C2 rim shape. Wide rims have become standard for road use over the past few seasons, and HED kicked off that trend by partnering with Continental to create the original C2 rim shape in 2007. The CL Plus takes this trend a step further, by upping the width 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 these aren't just empty marketing promises. All things being equal, a wider rim puts more of the tire on the road, and that increased contact patch equates to more grip, especially while cornering. Better yet, by widening the tire's base, more of the sidewall is oriented vertically, which means that the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface. In other words, you'll roll through the bad stuff, not over it. And just in case you're looking for the fastest rolling setup around, the CL Plus is compatible with tubeless system, in addition to traditional clincher tires with tubes.
The LT Plus wheelset rolls on HED's Sonic hubs. And while they're similar in execution to the hubs found on the rest of the Ardennes line, they lose the carbon fiber accents in favor of full aluminum hub shells. 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 stainless items, of which the front wheel has 24, and the rear has 28. This higher spoke count makes these an ideal option for heavier riders or cyclocross use. Accordingly, the rider weight limit is bumped up to 250 pounds. To keep the wheelset in place, HED includes its steel quick-release skewers. The result is a wheelset that weighs just around 1635 grams.
The HED Ardennes Plus CL 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 250lb.
- Tubeless-ready (comes with rim tape)
- Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo compatible freehub
- 25mm rim width
- Stainless steel spokes (24 at front, 28 at rear)
- Compatible with 11-speed cassettes
- 250-pound weight limit
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Reviews & Community
Love these wheels!!!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I needed to upgrade my wheelset that was unfixable after a crash. I started with Ksyriums. My first ride out I broke a rear spoke on a flat...I immediately called around to get them repaired, but bike shops shyed away from them as they all had difficulty getting the wheel true after spoke replacement, and stated that commonly other spokes fail soon after. I returned the wheelset and researched deeply everyday wheels with clincher tires. I am about 195 lbs, 6 feet tall, at times really torque the wheels! I ended up buying the HED Ardennes + CL version to get the most durable wheelset they made. I am so glad I did!!! The extra width of the + wheel gets more tire on the road-giving great confidence in turns and less rolling resistance. These wheels still spin up fast, and my hill climbing has really improved!!! They are not the lightest wheelset, and the CL version is the heaviest they offer, but I don't feel the added weight over the Ksyriums, and love the wider profile. I used Schwalbe One Clincher tires 23mm on both wheels, and couldn't be happier!!! Best purchase I have made in cycling.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got these as a substitution for the package wheels on a new bike due to my higher then average weight for a cyclist. The front wheel pulsates when braking. At first I thought it was a bit of spoke prep on the rim and it would go away. But on further inspection it looks like the problem may be a dimple at the weld. It is a bit annoying so I am going to look into a return swap for an other copy of the same wheel.
When looking into this wheel, the web site indicated the rear would have a grease port. Looks to be a newer version with out. I had that feature on an old set of campy chorus hubs and liked it.
Otherwise, They ride good and are still true. I like the reflective lettering.
For the hunky big man.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Just purchased these wheels and have had a couple rides with them. My previous wheels were Mavic Ksyrium Elites, but they've cracked on two separate occasions so I needed a wheelset I deemed to be sturdier and able to handle my weight, currently at 218 lbs. I was advised by CC techs that these wheels, designed for cyclocross, would be very appropriate for my rides, even though I'm strictly a roadie.
I can say that my initial impression of the wheels are very favorable. They are very rugged, strong, and yet did not affect my speed in my group rides. I look forward to many more miles with these wheels. So far so good.
How hard is it to change tires on these wheels? I usually use Continental Gatorskins. I currently use DT Swiss wheels and changing the tires are a piece of cake. I had another brand and they were practically impossible to get on and off. I do not want a wheel that is difficult to change. Thanks for your time.
With the extra width of the rim, you may need to brake the bead and take one side tire off, then before removing the 2nd side-move the 2nd side to the center of the wheel-makes it easier to remove the tube. I use conventional rim strips instead of the tape that comes with them in case they need to be trued in the future-easier to take the rim strip off than the tape, and I only use clinchers! Cool thing with inflating these...you can hear a pop when the bead sets...similiar to an auto tire!!!
I have been riding the HED+ rims for more than a year on different bikes with different tires. I can seat the conti GP4000 (23 and 25) with my hand and without the need to use a tire lever.
I had a hard time trying to install a pair of 25CC wire bead gatorskins on these wheels - would not want to try on the side of the road. Went with folding Gatorskins and was much easier and more confident in the event I ever get a flat (which I have have never in over 10K miles with Gatorskins) that I can deal with it without much of an issue.
my new top trainer
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As of this last year the HED ardennes have taken my top spot in everyday wheel. I had myself and my girlfriend ride them this last year and they surpassed the Mavic Ksyrium as my new go to set. They will perform like a race wheel and yet are bombproof. Incredibly stable in windy conditions, they get up to speed in no time at all, and roll perfectly smooth. Power transfer is phenomenal and I don't feel like I loose a thing when really winding them up. They are confident cornering at any speed and leave no worries about flex. Contact me here directly with questions on the Ardennes and I may be able to help on pricing as well firstname.lastname@example.org