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.
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
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
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.