Our Ardennes RA 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 in to the next echelon. Use it for fast training, road racing and huge European mountain sportives. Use it on climbs, on the plains or across rolling terrain. However you ride, just use it!
Super wide = super quick
The Ardennes RA Black, as the name would imply features our wide, “Plus” rim format. Back in 2007 we pioneered the “wide rim movement” and now, with our “Plus” rim, we have pushed the boundaries even further by increasing the external width to 25mm and the all important internal width to 21mm. The riding results are maximised, over anything that we have previously conceived. The extra internal rim width widens the tyre base and increases tyre volume. A wider tyre base results in more vertically orientated tyre sidewalls, 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 by allowing lower pressures to be used without risking pinch punctures or impact damage. It also has the advantage of creating a very smooth transition between the tyre sidewall and rim for additional 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 textured finish is harder and tougher than a standard CNC braking surface as it's 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!
Our “Black Plus” rims, and all of the performance qualities realised by their superior design, spin around our “545” hub set. This hubset features ABEC 5 hi-grade stainless bearings that rotate on oversize 12mm & 15mm axles, front and rear respectively. The use of these oversized axels reduces deflection and peak loads on any one point throughout the bearing race minimizing rolling resistance and increasing longevity. Full, easy serviceability is also catered for within these hubs and can be performed via two simple 5mm allen keys. Shimano/SRAM, SRAM XDR and Campagnolo compatibility is offered ensuring that any bike set up is catered for before a 5 pawl freehub offers rapid drive engagement.
Efficiency and strength is integrated in to the wheelset with straight pull Sapim CX-Ray spokes, hand laced and trued. The front wheel exhibits eighteen spokes, laced in a radial pattern, affording even more drag reduction to an already slippery configuration while the rear wheel utilises 24 spokes, built in a 2-cross pattern. This pattern ensures maximum rear wheel stiffness and efficiency even during all out sprints or hard uphill efforts but also helps to normalise spoke tensions whether drive or non-drive.
With a wheelset weight of just 1430g, and finishing items such as our own steel quick release skewers and air tight rim tape for tubeless compatibility the Ardennes RA Black really is the pinnacle “all-rounder” within the world of performance wheels.