Ardennes RA Black Rim Brake Wheelset
  • Ardennes RA Black Rim Brake Wheelset

    Back in stock: Monday 18th July 2022


    Whether attacking an all-day ride in the mountains, racing over a heavily undulating course or powering along in the local chain gang, the Ardennes RA Black rim brake wheels are hardy, reliable and fast riding companions.


    The high-grade alloy rim is lightweight but laterally stiff to ensure a responsive, energetic ride, while its strength allows it to tackle the roughest roads with consummate ease. The braking surface utilises HED’s Turbine technology to result in a hard black, anodised, textured surface that reduces stopping distances in the wet by up to 70%. What’s more, this braking surface is devoid of the overheating and tyre blowouts sometimes seen with all-carbon clincher rims, offering a supremely safe ride, even on the longest mountain descents.


    A depth of 25mm makes the rims almost invisible to crosswinds, and the 21mm internal rim width better supports the sidewalls of tubeless-ready or standard clincher tyres, resulting in lower rolling resistance and extra traction at more forgiving, lower inflation pressures.


    The rims rotate around in-house designed Sonic Pro hubs, and Sapim CX-Ray spokes lace the build together in a radial pattern at the front and a two-cross arrangement at the rear.

    • Features

      A multifaceted performer suitable for any ride


      Handbuilt in HED’s own Minnesota, USA based facility


      High-grade alloy rim construction


      Light and stable 25mm deep rim profile


      All-black Turbine braking surface is anodised and machined for shorter stopping distances


      21mm wide internal rim measurement


      Tubeless-ready or standard tube-type tyre compatible


      HED Sonic Pro hubs


      Five-pawl, 45 ratchet freehub body


      Sapim CX-Ray spokes


      Radial front and two-cross rear spoke lacing patterns

    • Specifications

      Rim Material: HED alloy


      Rim Type: Hooked


      Tyre Compatibility: Tubeless-ready clincher or standard tube-type clincher


      Rim Size: 700c


      Rim Depth: 25mm


      External Rim Width: 25mm


      Internal Rim Width: 21mm


      Effective Rim Diameter (ERD): 593mm


      Rim Weight: 454g


      Rim Decals: Printed


      Braking Surface: Turbine; black anodised and textured


      Recommended Brake Pad: Standard alloy


      Hub Model: Front: HED Sonic Pro 515 / Rear: HED Sonic Pro 545


      Hub Bearing Type: Front: 6902 2RS Radial / Rear: 6902 2RS Radial


      Freehub Options: Shimano HD 9, 10, 11 & 12-speed, SRAM XDR 12-speed, Campagnolo N3W


      Front Axle: 5mm quick release


      Rear Axle: 5mm quick release


      Build and Spokes: x 18 front in a radial pattern / x 24 rear in a 2-cross pattern


      Spoke Type: Sapim CX-Ray Bladed, Front: straight pull, Rear: J-Bend


      Spoke Lengths: Front: 286mm / Rear: 284mm and 288mm


      Assembly Method: Hand-built in Minnesota, USA


      Wheelset Weight: 1475g (Front: 645g / Rear: 830g)


      Optimal Tyre Size: 28mm


      Max Tyre Pressure: 23mm tyre: 80psi / 25mm tyre: 75psi / 28mm tyre: 70psi / 32mm tyre: 70psi


      Includes: Alloy QR skewers, tubeless-ready rim tape, HED wheel manual


      Crash Replacement Policy: Yes, read more: HED Crash Replacement


      Warranty: 5-years. Read more: HED wheels warranty

    • Attention

      The anodised surface on Black wheels is a formulation that is harder than the cosmetic coating on many anodised aluminium rims.  

      With some forethought and minimal maintenance on the rider’s part it will last a long time so please take note of the following points:


      1) Use of clean rubber brake pads will result in the longest life of the black surface. 


      2) Embedded rocks and road grit will wear the anodising much faster than rubber brake compound.  Be advised that wet and/or dirty road surfaces will contaminate brake pads.  The road grit in badly contaminated pads will wear the black surface. 


      3) If your rides are regularly on wet and/or dirty roads the hard anodised surface on the Black rims will have a shorter life than it would in dry conditions.

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