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HED Ardennes LT Plus Clincher Wheelset

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HED Ardennes LT Plus Clincher Wheelset

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Cyclists looking for a do-it-all pair of clincher wheels at a reasonable price will have a hard time finding a better option than the HED Ardennes LT Plus wheelset. These hoops offer effortless climbing, stable descending, aggressive cornering, and superb ride quality, all thanks to HED’s unique engineering approach.

The key to the Ardennes Plus’ excellent all-around performance lies in the rim. Based on the original HED Ardennes’ C2 rim, the Plus version replaces the C2, and takes things step further. While the C2 made waves in the wheel world be being a staggering (at the time) 23mm wide, the Plus rims boast a 25mm width (21mm internal bead width), which is nearly half a centimeter wider than some competitors. The benefits of width? For one, the wider inflation profile of the tire on the rim means a larger contact patch while cornering – you’ll feel the difference, and the confidence to lean harder and faster into turns than you ever have.

Cornering is only part of the story, though. The wider rim bed increases the volume of the tire on the rim, which means it takes less air pressure inside the tire to maintain its ideal rolling profile. Less air pressure means a smoother ride, but without increased rolling resistance - and in fact, by some measures, rolling resistance actually decreases.

So, to recap: better cornering and a smoother ride, but there must be a payoff, and it must come in the form of weight… right? Wrong. The width of the tubeless-ready Plus rim leads to remarkable structural integrity, which means engineers could remove excess material without compromising rim strength. In fact, in addition to their excellent road performance, both the original C2 and the new Plus rims are some of the most popular rims utilized by cyclocross riders, who commonly demand extreme strength and durability. No, the 1535g weight of the Ardennes LT Plus wheelset isn’t breaking records, but for the cornering, ride quality, and strength their afford, almost nothing else on the market comes close.

The HED Ardennes LT Plus wheelset comes with skewers, rim strips, and is available with either a Shimano or Campagnolo freehub body. The maximum recommended tire pressure for them is 100psi, and the maximum recommended rider weight is 220lbs. For heavier riders who wish to ride Ardennes Plus wheels, HED makes a “Stallion” version of the wheelset. Please contact us directly for more information.

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