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HED Ardennes Plus BLACK

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    Stealthy speed ahead.

    The HED Ardennes Plus Black wheelset is a lightweight and stealthy addition to any bike. Their black braking surfaces create a solid dark finish to the tire edge, resulting in a clean, stealthy look without the usual jarring silver stripe found on most aluminum rim braking surfaces. That rim surface isn't just for looks though; HED designed them with its Turbine Braking Technology for huge increases in braking performance in both wet and dry conditions compared to standard aluminum rims.

    The Plus Blacks build on HED's previous Ardennes Plus FR with a wide, lightweight rim that provides a solid, smooth ride. They also carry over the low spoke count of the Plus FRs for weight savings without impacting performance. These wheels are smooth enough for any road and tough enough to handle gravel or cyclocross without missing a beat.

    The Ardennes Plus Blacks can be set up with traditional clincher tires and tubes and are tubeless-ready for riders looking to lose the tube weight and work with a wider range of tire pressure options. HED recommends using new brake pads with the Ardennes Plus Black rims, as any metal shavings used pads may have picked up from other rims could damage the Black rim finish.

    • C2 Alloy rims
    • 24.5mm rim depth
    • Turbine Braking Technology
    • Tubeless-ready
    • Item #HED001C

    Tech Specs

    Rim Material
    C2 alloy
    Wheel Size
    700 c
    Tire Type
    clincher
    Rim Depth
    24.5 mm
    Rim Width
    [external] 25 mm, [internal] 20.7 mm
    Brake Compatibility
    rim brake
    Hubs
    HED Sonic black
    Skewers
    included (titanium)
    Spokes
    Sapim CX-Ray
    Spoke Count
    18 / 24
    Max Rider Weight
    225 lbs
    Claimed Weight
    1,445 g
    Recommended Use
    road, cyclocross, gravel
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Great set of wheels

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is my first set of "after-market" wheels. I was looking at doing a custom build of HED Belgium's but I was able to work out a sweet deal with Competitive and I settled on the Ardennes.

    I have been riding for 30 years and I have always used the wheels that came standard on my bikes. So, I would evaluate this review based on having only ridden stocked wheels. I am currently riding a Trek Domane Six series that came with Bontragger wheels.

    First, from a cosmetic perspective, the wheels look great. The full black against a white frame is very cool.

    Now the technical aspects, pros and cons:
    Pros: the breaking is as advertised. These things stop quick. I haven't been in rain yet, so I cannot say how they'll perform while wet, but I'd expect them to be just as good. The front hub spins forever. Very little rolling resistance. The rear however is hard for me to compare. I don't know how long it spins compared to other higher end rear hubs, but I can say I have dropped 1 minute in riding time in 5 mile splits. Doesn't sound like a lot, but its early in my riding season and I am admittedly not in top form, but that tells me the riding resistance is a lot less.

    Cons: Putting on tires is a PITA. (Pain in the a@#) I trashed 3 tubes in the process. There is no way to put the tires on by hand. I believe its a combination of the rough breaking surface and the added width of the rim. After shredding a tube, I'd try a different technique. I finally found that actually over inflating the tube (e.g. more than normal for my installation method) seem to work. At least that method worked on the forth tube.

    Probably a minor thing, I notice what appears to be a small wobble or vibration transferred to the front wheel occasionally during a power stroke. Not sure if that is a feature of a radial spoked wheel or not, but it doesn't seem to impact performance or cause the rim to hit the break pads. Visually it is a little bothersome, but I am beginning just to ignore it. I cannot remember the stock from rim doing that...hopefully not a longer term issue.

    Overall, I really do like the wheels. The four stars is based mainly on the difficult tire installation.

    Hi Bruce, I have the same wheels and love them! The tyre change is much easier once you get the nack of using the centre channel on the rim. It's tough going if you don't use the centre rim channel. Be sure to pinch the tyre bead into the middle when you're Cha going and it will make the tube installation and tyre change much easier. Have a look at YouTube for a few tips on changing tyres on 2-way fit rims. Once you know the trick to it you'll be changing a flat in less than 3 minutes.

    Fantastic Wheel Set

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These wheels are superb. Have been riding them since August with no signs of excessive brake pad wear. I love the the braking surface: stop on a dime without the weight of disc brakes. No sign of wear issues on the vertical braking surface, either.
    I agree they are a little hard to get my tires on without levers compared to my old Eastons (Still have them on my old bike) but I run them with the Continental Attack tires at lower pressures and wow is all I can say. If you don't want to go carbon, these fit the bill.

    Best non-aero aluminum clinchers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I think these are as good as non-aero aluminum clinchers can get, so 5 stars. The black textured braking surface looks better than a conventional silver aluminum surface, and is showing no signs of any fading after several months and about 1400 miles on this set. Stops better than regular aluminum, but not as well as disc brakes. When they get a little wet they still stop well enough. When they get soaking wet, they don't stop so well. When they get dirty, the braking diminishes slightly but still good. They are a little more difficult to clean because a cloth/towel does not run over the surface smoothly, and it shreds an ordinary paper towel. You'll have to decide if they're worth the price -- at $1600 you can find some pretty decent aero wheels. (updated 1/3/2016)

    The Carbon Ceramic Motorsport Equal....?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought these through my LBS (sorry Comp) and I don't even know where to start with them. Aesthetically they're stunning, the stealthy black, on black, on black, on black is low profile, yet will definitely catch the eye of the trained enthusiast. The hubs are the usual HED silkiness, and spin up and roll for days. But here's what makes these wheels and puts them completely in a class of their own, the braking. The surface, it has a half moon ))))))))) texture to it that feels like the grittiest sandpaper or nail file you can find. Really unique, and even just feeling and seeing it makes sense that you're gonna be stopping in a hurry with these wheels. My first thought was a bit of concern (alongside awesomeness) that these would literally just eat my pads to shreds. I have 400+ miles on them so far with SwissStop FlashPro BXP's and although there is more than the usual wear (as expected) I can probably get another couple hundred out of them. I imagine someone living more mountainous will go through these quicker. Now the actual braking. Holy. Mother. I was genuinely intimidated to pull the lever on these the first time out so I played with them in the driveway for a bit and all I will say is, wow. Literally you can stop on a dime with these, they are glorious in rain with absolutely zero loss of power. Truly confidence and awe inspiring. I'm really interested where this technology will (or maybe won't) go. I know Zipp is playing around with a motorsport inspired SiC (Showstopper) braking surface but I have yet to hear anything about that anywhere, or, from anyone who has actually used it. These would have been incredible on trips in the mountains to Colorado and Arizona I have previously taken, I can only imagine their performance for someone who lives there is without equal. I'm also going to throw canti brakes back on my CX bike and test these out, from what I've experienced on the road these may have me going backwards from discs come CX season.

    Enough raving though, you just have to experience these for yourself. They're on the very high end of the Alu wheel price bracket, true. But I've found it a worthwhile investment, and have no worries these will last me a good long while...as long as the braking surface does.

    One note: HED, Comp, and my LBS all mentioned to me to pay extra attention to keeping the pads clean, and check for metal
    bits. Metal fragments could damage the braking surface, and ruin the )))))) pattern. I've been checking the pads post every ride. I'm waiting on a word back from HED if they recommend a specific pad, or changing interval.

    Do these really have a grease port? No, I don't think so. They use cartridge bearings, which avoids the need to inject grease.

    Hey Alan, the HED Sonic Black hub actually utilizes a grease port in the cassette body for ease of service. Some take advantage of it to swap between race day grease like Slick Honey and training grease like Phil Wood. Feel free to email me at araines@backcountry.com with any questions.

    How much do they actually weigh?

    Hey Raz, claimed weight on these is 1,445g. Not bad by any means. That said, there's no set way published weights are measured. Some wheels might be weigh with skewers. Others, without. It's company dependent. Even within the same wheel, weights vary due to resin flow, finishing procedures, etc. I know this doesn't accurately answer your question, but hopefully it provides some insight. I'll shoot an email your way to follow up.

    How do I know that this would fit my bike frame? (Trek émonda, 47cm frame)