HED Ardennes Plus Black
Our Ardennes Plus Black wheelset not only sets performance standards for all to follow but also takes the win aesthetically as well. Already featuring our super wide “Plus” rim format for lower rolling resistance and increased comfort our top of the line, all conditions clincher, gains an all new hugely improved brake surface and a stealthy new rim finish that compliments an already heady level of specs. Whether you're powering uphill, surging along valley roads or sweeping downhill through technical bends the Ardennes Plus is going to take your performance up in to the next echelon. Use it for fast training, road racing and huge European mountain sportives. Use it on warm summer days or under torrential rain. However you ride, just use it!
Super wide = super quick
The Ardennes Plus Black, as the name would imply features our new, wider, “Plus” rim format. Back in 2007 we pioneered the “wide rim movement” that revolutionised wheel performance by lowering rolling resistance, increasing comfort and improving cornering grip. Now, we have pushed the boundaries even further and have added another 2mm to the rim width to make it 25mm to create our “Plus” rim. The riding results already realised with our original wide rim have been magnified. The extra rim width widens the tyre base and increases tyre volume. A wider tyre base results in more vertically orientated sidewall, which leads to less tyre deformation and a wider, but shorter tyre-to-road “footprint”. This morphed, altered contact patch reduces rolling resistance and increases cornering grip before the greater tyre volume increases comfort massively. It also has the advantage of creating a very smooth transition between the tyre sidewall and rim for aero benefits.
All black braking. Stealthy stopping power
A huge factor in this wheelset is the new “all black” aluminium rim. Featuring our revolutionary “Turbine Braking Technology” stopping distances are reduced by 25% in the dry and a whopping 70% in the wet. This new, textured finish won’t wear away as its integrated in to the rim early in the manufacturing process and will help you carve gracefully down descents with increased braking confidence. Ease of maintenance and cost effectiveness is then ensured as compatibility with normal brake pads is fully supported and recommended. Finally and possibly most importantly, it’ll also help gain you extra “Euro Style” points from your peers that arrive naturally with a stealthy, sultry wheelset!
Slick rolling, ultimate efficiency
Our brand new “Black Plus” rims, and all of the performance qualities realised by their superior design, are joined by our super slick “Black” Sonic hubs. These feature super high grade ABEC 5 stainless bearings for frictionless rolling, a carbon front hub shell and 9, 10 and 11 speed gear compatibility. Oversize 12mm and 15mm axels, front and rear respectively are utilised within these hubs. Oversized axles reduce deflection and peak bearing loads maximizing rolling properties and increasing bearing longevity. Comprehensiveness is then completed as serviceability of both hubs is super easy via the use of two 5mm allen keys. The spokes utilised are the industry leading Sapim CX-Ray that are bladed in profile, super light and super strong in construction. With 18 spokes laced radially up front for maximum aerodynamics the rear wheel has 24 spokes, laced in a 2-cross pattern for efficient power transfer and ultimate strength.
With a wheelset weight of just 1445g, a max rider weight limit of 90kg (102kg in our “Stallion” version) and finishing items such as our own titanium quick release skewers and air tight rim tape for tubeless compatibility the Ardennes Black really is the pinnacle “all-rounder” within the world of performance wheels.
- Rim Type Tubeless-ready clincher
- Rim Depth 24.5mm
- Rim Width 25mm
- Internal Rim Width 20.7mm
- Braking Surface Turbine machined alloy
- Recommended Brake Pad Standard alloy pad
- Hub Model Hed Sonic black
- Hub Compatibility Shimano/Campy 9, 10, 11
- Build and Spokes1 8/24 std or 20/28 Stallion
- Spoke Type Sapim CX-Ray black
- Wheel size 700c
- Powertap Option YES
- Track Option Yes
- Wheel Set Weight 1,445g
- Recommended Tire Size 22mm+
- Includes Titanium Skewers,Tubeless Rim Tape