Our range topping Ardennes SL model features a blend of the best components to make a pro-level wheelset that is capable of performing across any terrain. The SL is a rare beast in that it will excel across a multitude of riding applications. Grinding up mountain passes? No worries, the SL will make it feel like you’re dancing. Powering along flat valley roads? The SL’s decreased rolling resistance will make it feel as if you have no chain. Sprinting for the line or a road sign? The superior stiffness afforded via a true hand build has the wheels kicking back at you like a mule.
Even wider is even better
The Ardennes Plus SL, as the name would imply features our wider, “Plus” rim format that is suitable for clincher/tubeless tyres and is made from a high grade aluminium. Back in 2007 we pioneered the “wide rim movement” that revolutionised wheel performance by lowering rolling resistance, increasing comfort and improving cornering grip. Pushing the boundaries even further the "Plus" rim is another 2mm wider than our original, wide, 2007 rim, increasing the all important internal rim width to a whopping 21mm, magnifying the riding results even more so. The extra rim width widens the tyre base and increases tyre volume, resulting in more vertically orientated sidewall, which, in turn, 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 increased tyre volume naturally increases comfort levels tremendously.
Slick rollers, strong and efficient
In addition to the “Plus” rim our Ardennes Plus SL rolls on our super slick “Black” Sonic hubs that feature super high grade ABEC 5 stainless bearings and oversized axels. The oversized axels, 12mm & 15mm in diameter, front and rear respectively, normalise peak pressure on any point through the bearing race reducing rolling resistance and increasing bearing life. A carbon front hub shell and Shimano/SRAM & Campagnolo gear compatibility are then complemented through full, easy serviceability via two 5mm allen keys. The spokes utilised are the industry leading Sapim CX-Ray. With 18 spokes laced radailly up front for maximum aero efficiency the rear wheel has 24 spokes, laced in a 2-cross pattern for super efficient power transfer and ultimate strength.
With a wheelset weight of just 1490g, 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 SL is ready to take your performance to the next level whether you’re dancing up climbs, powering through valleys or soaring down descents.