The Ardennes Plus CL is the warrior in our line up. This wheel is tough, suitable for the more powerful riders amongst you or for those who take in mega training miles where reliability is of utmost importance. Featuring our industry leading “Plus” rim the “CL” is mated with our own “Classics” hub and an increased spoke count to ensure maximum strength and stiffness suited to the toughest, most hostile of riding conditions.
The widest, quickest and most comfortable
The “CL” in our Ardennes Plus CL wheelset stands simply for “Classics”. Of course, the “CL” features our groundbreaking “Plus” aluminium rim and all of its clincher tyre optimisation. This format uses a 25mm wide platform that widens the rim-to-tyre interface. This helps the tyre reside on the rim with a much superior cross sectional profile and enhances tyre sidewall stability. This in turn morphs the tyre-to-road contact patch in to a shorter but wider impression resulting in lower rolling resistance and increased cornering grip. The improved tyre cross sectional profile then allows increased internal tyre volume resulting in much improved comfort levels, even across the roughest road surfaces.
What makes the “CL” really different is an increased spoke count. The spoke count, up to 24/28, front and rear respectively, is laced in a 2-cross pattern for both wheels offering supreme strength and lateral stiffness. In addition, our own traditionally flanged, stronger “Classics” Sonic hub is recruited. This hub affords increased spoke “triangulation angles” that go a long way to making this wheel almost bomb proof. These hubs also feature oversized axels that thread through high grade stainless bearings. The use of oversized axles reduces deflection and peak loads on any one point throughout the bearing race minimising rolling resistance and increasing bearing life. Naturally, we’ve also thought of maintenance. These wheels are more than likely going to receive some harsh use so we’ve made them fully serviceable via two simple 5mm allen keys.
Shimano/SRAM & Campagnolo compatibility is of course covered completing product suitable for any rider looking for the ultimate in reliability and strength.