For this wheelset, HED has taken their fantastic C2 rims and made them wider, 25mm wide to be exact. This extra width takes the characteristics that made the 23mm version great, even better. A wider rim means that a mounted tire gets more sidewall support and a larger contact patch, so corners can be taken more confidently. It also means that lower pressures can be run which helps smooth out road noise, making for a more comfortable ride.
In addition to this widening, the new rims have been made tubeless ready so if you decide you want to make the jump to road tubeless, it will be an easy transition.
Backing these new rims up are HED's venerable Sonic hubs. Their aluminum construction is lightweight but durable, and the oversize bearings used to provide a long-lasting smooth ride. Lacing the whole set together are black bladed spokes for a little extra aerodynamic advantage. 18 spokes are laced radially in the front, while the rear uses 24 spokes in a two-cross pattern for a little extra strength and stiffness.
Available in either Shimano/SRAM 8/9/10/11 or Campagnolo 9/10/11 speed versions, the Ardennes Plus LT Clincher Wheelset is Black with reflective graphics. Claimed weight is 1535 g.
FREE Cassette Installation - Order a cassette along with a wheelset and we can install the cassette for free. Cassette installation requires special tools that not all our customers have. The cassette will be professionally installed and torqued to spec. Just add "Please install cassette" to your order notes at checkout and we'll take care of you. Please Note: If our inventory allocation requires that we ship your wheels and cassette from different warehouses, we will not be able to offer this service.
Returns: This product is overweight and/or oversize and does not qualify for our fixed rate return shipping label. If you need to return this item, we can offer a return shipping label at our discounted shipping rates, or you can arrange for your own return shipping.
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The product weight specified is an approximate weight based on the manufacturer's specifications (if available) or our measurement of one or two examples. For most products, the weight will typically vary by 5% to 10%.
Weight: 1564 grams
Brake Compatibility: Rim Brake
Tire Compatibility: Clincher Tubeless Ready
Rim Diameter: 622
Wheel Features: Tubeless Ready
Cassette Type: Shimano 11
Mfg PartNum: ALT-1114124 / ALT-4114121
Mfg Warranty: 60 Mo. Parts & Labor
Warranty URL: https://hedcycling.com/warranties/
I have been a tubular snob for a very long time, but no more. These wheels ride great with 25c Conti 5000 tires at 75lbs. The bearings are over the top smooth. Here in NE Pa. rides are always 100 feet of climbing per mile. When I compete I still ride tubulars.
I ride year around (190lbs). I was looking for a wider option to a Shimano Ultegra wheel set (which worked for years under these conditions). After 600 miles, half of which was in the rain, the rear free hub started to make a loud crackling noise. On inspection the free hub body was badly scored by my Shimano cassette. HED claims to have fixed the bearing issue. They did not fix the scoring. I was very disappointed with the wheels.
These wheels are great! I have been running tubeless and have about 500 miles on them so far and no flats. What a great feeling to go out for a ride and not worry about flats. These are so smooth and spin up very nice. A great light wheel set for the price, cant wait to get my cross tires on these and run these for CX.