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
- 18/24 spoke count
- 25mm rim width and depth
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Solid Wheels for the Price
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Wheels have been spiraling out of control. It is now entirely possible, and likely probable, to spend more money on a nice set of wheels than the frame they will be mounted. This may have some validity as wheels are the best upgrade you can do, but the prices are getting ridiculous.
Enter the HED Ardennes Plus. No they are not carbon. No they are not feather light. They are, however, a solid set of wheels you will be more than happy to train on, and perhaps race. The wide, hence the plus, profile of the wheel makes a 23mm tire ride like a 25mm, while a 25mm feels, as one of my riding buddies said, "like a cyclocross tire."
I have been riding them exclusively since late last season and all this season. They are a durable wheel, that really are not that heavy. This is especially true if you consider the increase width of the tire. This increase width is supposed to give a more plush, compliant ride. I personally have not noticed any extreme differences riding on 25mm tires, but I am not super sensitive to things like this. I have noticed that cornering feels more solid. It also seems that the wider profile gives some aerodynamic benefits. I only say this because I seem to be able to coast downhill with my friend that rides an aero frame with Enve 30mm clinchers who weighs more than me. But this could also be me just deluding myself as well.
Overall, they are a really good wheel, especially if you can find it on sale, as I did for around $600. They are relatively light for the price point and being a tubeless compatible wheel (which I have not tried yet). If you are not ready to commit to the price of carbon wheels, you could do a lot worse.
Check your package
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Check your package, and I mean the box the wheels came in. Backcountry sent me half a wheel set and no rim strips or skewers. The wheel was also loose in the box with absolutely no padding. For this kind of money I'd imagine they would take better care. Called to solve the problem and then told these were backordered. They agreed to refund and send back free of charge at least. Found another retailer who was cheaper anyway so win win. Not sure if I'll deal with backcountry again after this major cock up.
I wonder if these Ardennes Plus wheels will fit my Tarmac SL2 ?
There is 30mm between the chainstays at the narrowest and I weigh between 155-165lbs depending on season.
They should fit fine. I would run a 23mm tire though.
Do these come with an 11 speed hub?
I am running 11-speed with my set, so yes.
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 as 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.
Does the Hed Ardennes LT+ wheelset include Hed's dual purpose rim tape(tubeless/traditional),and a freehub spacer for 10-speed compatibility?
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).
I just received my set, did not get rim tape, need to check as far as spacers...
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.
Mine didn't arrive with rim tape either. If I want to run tubeless, is the Stans yellow tape 21mm the best option?
Mine did not come with tape. I contacted CC, and they express shipped a roll to me.
How is the rear hub on these wheels... quiet or loud?
Average I would say. I wouldn't call it quiet but I have also heard way louder hubs.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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?
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!
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.