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Ardennes Plus CL Road Wheelset - Clincher Black, 24/28 Spoke, Campagnolo

HED's Ardennes wheel line has become widely popular for its light weight and ultra-wide profile. So, when it came time to update its rim profiles, HED made sure that those changes were applied to its long-time staple, the Plus CL Wheelset. Along with the new 25mm rim width, it features the same higher spoke count that's continually made the Ardennes CL the wheel of choice for both stallions and cyclocross racers alike. So, whether you're looking for a bombproof training wheelset, or just some extra peace of mind, the CL Plus wheelset will do the trick. The CL Plus forgoes the scandium alloy rim of its SL and FR siblings in favor of an aluminum rim. And while it comes at the expense of a handful of grams, you're still getting the full benefit of HED's new and wider C2 rim shape. Wide rims have become standard for road use over the past few seasons, and HED kicked off that trend by partnering with Continental to create the original C2 rim shape in 2007. The CL Plus takes this trend a step further, by upping the width by two millimeters, to 25mm. The upshot is that you get more of the same traits that are relegating narrow rims to the antique bin -- namely, better grip and faster rolling through an improved tire profile. And these aren't just empty marketing promises. All things being equal, a wider rim puts more of the tire on the road, and that increased contact patch equates to more grip, especially while cornering. Better yet, by widening the tire's base, more of the sidewall is oriented vertically, which means that the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface. In other words, you'll roll through the bad stuff, not over it. And just in case you're looking for the fastest rolling setup around, the CL Plus is compatible with tubeless system, in addition to traditional clincher tires with tubes. The LT Plus wheelset rolls on HED's Sonic hubs. And while they're similar in execution to the hubs found on the rest of the Ardennes line,...

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Ardennes Plus FR Road Wheelset - Clincher Black, CAMPAGNOLO

Sitting atop the pile of HED's alloy wheels is the Ardennes FR Plus Clincher Wheelset. At a massive 25mm wide, and under 1500 grams for the set, it establishes a new benchmark in the realm of aluminum clinchers. They get all of the details that you'd expect, such as Sapim bladed spokes, titanium skewers, and a grease port at the rear hub. And when you factor in the superior braking of an aluminum rim, this wheelset proves that carbon fiber isn't the only option for taking your wheels into the 21st century. Wide rims have become standard for road use over the past few seasons, and HED's C2 rim shape has been at the forefront of this. The Plus FR takes this trend a step further by upping the width of the scandium alloy rim by two millimeters, to 25mm. The upshot is that you get more of the same traits that are relegating narrow rims to the antique bin. Namely, better grip and faster rolling through an improved tire profile. And, you can rest assured that these aren't empty promises. All things being equal, a wider rim puts more of the tire on the road, and that increased contact patch means more grip, especially while cornering. Better yet, by widening the tire's base, more of the sidewall is oriented vertically, and that means that the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface. So, you'll roll through them, not over them. And just in case you're looking for the fastest rolling setup around, the FR Plus is compatible with tubeless setups, in addition to traditional clincher tires with tubes. At the heart of the Plus FR wheelset are HED's Sonic hubs. The carbon fiber hub shells are bonded to aluminum flanges in order to provide a stiff, lightweight assembly. The rear hub has an external grease port, which means that you're able to pump fresh grease in there without having to disassemble the rear hub. The spokes are Sapim CX rays, of which the front wheel has 18, and the rear has 24. Traditional spokes are drawn from stainless wire, bu...

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Ardennes Plus CL Road Wheelset - Clincher Black, 24/28 Spoke, Campagnolo

HED's Ardennes wheel line has become widely popular for its light weight and ultra-wide profile. So, when it came time to update its rim profiles, HED made sure that those changes were applied to its long-time staple, the Plus CL Wheelset. Along with the new 25mm rim width, it features the same higher spoke count that's continually made the Ardennes CL the wheel of choice for both stallions and cyclocross racers alike. So, whether you're looking for a bombproof training wheelset, or just some extra peace of mind, the CL Plus wheelset will do the trick. The CL Plus forgoes the scandium alloy rim of its SL and FR siblings in favor of an aluminum rim. And while it comes at the expense of a handful of grams, you're still getting the full benefit of HED's new and wider C2 rim shape. Wide rims have become standard for road use over the past few seasons, and HED kicked off that trend by partnering with Continental to create the original C2 rim shape in 2007. The CL Plus takes this trend a step further, by upping the width by two millimeters, to 25mm. The upshot is that you get more of the same traits that are relegating narrow rims to the antique bin -- namely, better grip and faster rolling through an improved tire profile. And these aren't just empty marketing promises. All things being equal, a wider rim puts more of the tire on the road, and that increased contact patch equates to more grip, especially while cornering. Better yet, by widening the tire's base, more of the sidewall is oriented vertically, which means that the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface. In other words, you'll roll through the bad stuff, not over it. And just in case you're looking for the fastest rolling setup around, the CL Plus is compatible with tubeless system, in addition to traditional clincher tires with tubes. The LT Plus wheelset rolls on HED's Sonic hubs. And while they're similar in execution to the hubs found on the rest of the Ardennes line,...

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Ardennes, The 14" Oval Serving Platter, Fine China Dinnerware - Theo,Fr

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Haviland - Haviland Ardennes, The 14" Oval Serving Platter - Theo,France,Pink Flowers,Green Leaves

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Ardennes-Forest Green 12" Chop Plate/Round Platter, Fine China Dinnerwa

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Red Wing - Red Wing Ardennes-Forest Green 12" Chop Plate/Round Platter - Provinical, Green Leaf Band, Green Back

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Ardennes Plus BLACK Black, Set, Campagnolo

If you're a proponent of the new trend of stealth styling for high-end road machines, then you're also likely a fan of carbon and disc-brake wheels because they omit an aluminum rim brake's bright, decidedly un-stealth brake strip. With the HED Ardennes Plus Black, you can enjoy the consistent stopping power of alloy rims without sullying the matte black-on-black finish of your race rig with the silver stripe of alloy shame. As alluded to above, the most striking feature of the Ardennes Plus Black wheels is the black finish of the brake tracks, which are the result of HED's Turbine Braking Technology. HED claims this design nets some pretty impressive numbers, including stopping distances in dry and wet conditions that are reduced by 25% and 70%, respectively, and brake power consistency that enjoys a claimed 5x increase over non-Black rims. While HED is jealously guarding the details of this process for obvious reasons, we do know that it's the result of a proprietary process of machining and anodizing, and we suspect that the gains are mostly attributable to the former while the latter is just a welcome aesthetic flourish. Other than those improvements to the brake track, the Ardennes Plus Black is essentially a rebranded version of HED's previous Ardennes Plus king, the FR. The tubeless-ready rim is still a lightweight alloy whose stiffness ensures that the end product can be made with less material -- and therefore lower weight -- than comparable alloy hoops. It's also got the low spoke count of the previous model, which keeps weight down while taking advantage of the wider rim's increased resistance to torsional and lateral flex. The Ardennes Plus Black wheels also see a return of HED's Sonic Silver model, only rebranded and -- of course -- re-colored. They run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. The flanges are spaced as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in lateral stiffness that any rider ap...

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Ardennes Plus BLACK Black, Set, Shimano/SRAM

If you're a proponent of the new trend of stealth styling for high-end road machines, then you're also likely a fan of carbon and disc-brake wheels because they omit an aluminum rim brake's bright, decidedly un-stealth brake strip. With the HED Ardennes Plus Black, you can enjoy the consistent stopping power of alloy rims without sullying the matte black-on-black finish of your race rig with the silver stripe of alloy shame. As alluded to above, the most striking feature of the Ardennes Plus Black wheels is the black finish of the brake tracks, which are the result of HED's Turbine Braking Technology. HED claims this design nets some pretty impressive numbers, including stopping distances in dry and wet conditions that are reduced by 25% and 70%, respectively, and brake power consistency that enjoys a claimed 5x increase over non-Black rims. While HED is jealously guarding the details of this process for obvious reasons, we do know that it's the result of a proprietary process of machining and anodizing, and we suspect that the gains are mostly attributable to the former while the latter is just a welcome aesthetic flourish. Other than those improvements to the brake track, the Ardennes Plus Black is essentially a rebranded version of HED's previous Ardennes Plus king, the FR. The tubeless-ready rim is still a lightweight alloy whose stiffness ensures that the end product can be made with less material -- and therefore lower weight -- than comparable alloy hoops. It's also got the low spoke count of the previous model, which keeps weight down while taking advantage of the wider rim's increased resistance to torsional and lateral flex. The Ardennes Plus Black wheels also see a return of HED's Sonic Silver model, only rebranded and -- of course -- re-colored. They run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. The flanges are spaced as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in lateral stiffness that any rider ap...

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Ardennes Plus SL Road Wheelset - Clincher

If the tech sheet, marketing copy, and glowing reviews from major publications aren't enough to sell you on the plush, efficient ride of HED's Ardennes Plus SL Road Wheelset, then just head to your local two-wheeled hotspot and count the number of times you see that unmistakable branding roll by on everything from carbon race frames to steel touring machines with wheelbases you can measure in meters. This ubiquity is no accident. Given that it self-styles as Super Light, we'd be remiss not to mention that the Ardennes Plus SL is both light, but not as light as the line-topping Ardennes Black model, which effectively replaced the FR Plus for 2015. But small discrepancies in weight are of little consequence when balanced against the benefits of HED's C2 rim design, which the Plus models take even a step further. Two additional millimeters of width result in even better grip and faster rolling through an improved tire profile. A wider rim puts more of the tire on the road, and that increased contact patch means more grip, especially while cornering. Better yet, by widening the tire's base, more of the sidewall is oriented vertically, and that means that the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface. So, you'll roll through them, not over them. And just in case you're looking for the fastest rolling setup around, the Plus SL is compatible with tubeless setups, in addition to traditional clincher tires with tubes. The Plus SL wheelset still rolls on the Sonic Black hubs also used on the Black Plus wheels. The front hub features the same carbon fiber hub shell and bonded aluminum flanges as the Black Plus, while the rear hub forgoes the carbon fiber shell in favor of a slightly heavier aluminum version. The rear hub has an external grease port, the spokes are Sapim CX rays, which are forged for added stiffness and bladed to reduce aerodynamic drag. The rims ship with tubeless-ready rim tape installed, and HED recommends a rider weight ...

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Ardennes SL Disc Brake - Tubular

In 2007, HED spearHEDed (sorry, sorry) the wide rim revolution with its 23mm rims. Now, it's leading the charge yet again with the Ardennes SL Disc Brake Tubulars, ushering in an era of wide rims and disc brakes, which we're confident represent the future standard of cycling. Add to this the ride quality of tubular tires, and it's hard to imagine the industry ever looking back. The 23 millimeter width of the Ardennes SL Tubular rims results in better cornering grip and lower rolling resistance than traditional 19 millimeter rims. It also orients more of the tire's sidewall vertically, which means the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface so you'll roll through bumps and pebbles, not over them. The basic width of the Ardennes tubular models does mean there are some drawbacks in these fields compared to the wider Ardennes Plus clincher models; however, while recognizing that this is purely subjective, we feel that running tubs instead of clinchers eclipses the ride quality gains made by the latter's 25-millimeter width. While the ride quality of tubs is inimitable, the real selling point of these wheels is the disc brake mounts. By using a smaller diameter for its stopping surface (the disc instead of the rim), disc brakes actually require more power than rim brakes to lock-up. This means that, instead of around 200 pounds of force before your wheels seize, you can modulate your stopping power across a range of about 1,000 pounds. They also grab immediately in all conditions without taking a full rotation to clear debris from the brake track. As with the non-disc Ardennes SLs, the hubs used here come from Hed's Sonic line. They run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. The flanges are spaced as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in lateral stiffness that any rider approaching HED's suggested weight limit of 225 pounds will appreciate. The front hub has a carbon-fiber...

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Ardennes FR Disc Brake Road Wheel - Tubular Wheelset, 28 Hole Stallion Build Shimano

In the past two years, you've probably been just as frustrated as us with the slow crawl that's been 700c disc wheel progression. Prior to the HED Ardennes FR Disc Brake Tubular Wheel, you could only check one of two boxes on your wish list -- either disc ready and clincher, or tubular and non-disc compatible. However, HED, being the constant innovator, has finally delivered both in one wheel. Now, you can race till your heart's content while enjoying the power of disc brakes and the speed of tubular tires. At last. To keep the wheel weight around 1560 grams, HED constructed the Ardennes FR Disc Tubular from the lightweight scandium material. And in the Ardennes tradition, it still features HED's proprietary C2 technology -- representing the two Cs of speed, Crr and Cda, standing for the coefficient of rolling resistance and aerodynamics, respectively. With these two principles in mind, HED designed the Ardennes to create a more efficient interface with the tire, resulting in a 22mm width at the brake track. This wider-is-better technology isn't a bunch of marketing smoke and mirrors, however. It directly results in an 18% reduction to rolling resistance, and a massive gain to laminar airflow over the 25mm rim depth of the wheels. Additionally, for 'cross purposes, the 22mm width creates more surface area to glue onto, creating a more stable surface for tight cornering and rugged terrains. HED didn't rest on its laurels when it finished the rim. In fact, the entire wheel has been reworked. The spokes are Sapim's popular and aerodynamic CX-Ray J-Bend spokes with self-securing aluminum nipples. Both wheels use 24 of them, and each have been laced two-cross for strength, responsiveness, and rigidity. The Ardennes FR Disc has also received new hubs to accommodate rotors -- obviously. So, the venerable Sonic FR Hubs have been redesigned to handle the new variance of torque and stress caused by its centerlock rotor design. The new hubs run on ABEC5 bearings with over...

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Ardennes FR Wheelset - Clincher

The legacy of the late Steve Hed is undoubtedly secure thanks to his uncanny ability to turn the industry on its head with new technology every few years. But just in case there was any doubt, the HED Ardennes FR Wheelset has returned to us virtually unchanged for another year, proudly displaying Mr. Hed's name on one of the only aluminum rims that still qualifies for use in races at the highest levels. The Ardennes FRs were the first model of the Ardennes genus, which set the cycling industry on its head by challenging one of cycling's most specious assumptions. With a 23mm rim, the Ardennes FR wheels offset a nominal weight gain with a lower rolling resistance, more secure grip while cornering at speed, a higher tire volume that requires less PSI and nets a more comfortable ride, and -- counterintuitively -- a smaller aerodynamic footprint. The current generation of Ardennes FR wheels also incorporate the same features that made the original FR so revolutionary. The rim is still an alloy of aluminum and scandium that effectively mimics the fatigue resistance, stiffness, and strength of titanium, so the end product can be made with less material -- and therefore lower weight -- than aluminum alone. It's also got the low spoke count of the previous model, which keeps weight down while taking advantage of the wider rim's increased resistance to flex. The hubs are HED's Sonic Silver model. They run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. The flanges are spaced as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in lateral stiffness that any rider approaching HED's suggested weight limit of 225 pounds will appreciate. The front hub has a carbon-fiber tube with aluminum end caps. The rear is aluminum with exaggerated flanges and a grease port, so you can power wash these beauties and re-lube as needed. Both skewers have titanium shafts, and the ratchet ring in the rear hub is also titanium.

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Ardennes Plus SL Road Wheelset - Clincher Black, CAMPAGNOLO

If the tech sheet, marketing copy, and glowing reviews from major publications aren't enough to sell you on the plush, efficient ride of HED's Ardennes Plus SL Road Wheelset, then just head to your local two-wheeled hotspot and count the number of times you see that unmistakable branding roll by on everything from carbon race frames to steel touring machines with wheelbases you can measure in meters. This ubiquity is no accident. Given that it self-styles as Super Light, we'd be remiss not to mention that the Ardennes Plus SL is both light, but not as light as the line-topping Ardennes Black model, which effectively replaced the FR Plus for 2015. But small discrepancies in weight are of little consequence when balanced against the benefits of HED's C2 rim design, which the Plus models take even a step further. Two additional millimeters of width result in even better grip and faster rolling through an improved tire profile. A wider rim puts more of the tire on the road, and that increased contact patch means more grip, especially while cornering. Better yet, by widening the tire's base, more of the sidewall is oriented vertically, and that means that the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface. So, you'll roll through them, not over them. And just in case you're looking for the fastest rolling setup around, the Plus SL is compatible with tubeless setups, in addition to traditional clincher tires with tubes. The Plus SL wheelset still rolls on the Sonic Black hubs also used on the Black Plus wheels. The front hub features the same carbon fiber hub shell and bonded aluminum flanges as the Black Plus, while the rear hub forgoes the carbon fiber shell in favor of a slightly heavier aluminum version. The rear hub has an external grease port, the spokes are Sapim CX rays, which are forged for added stiffness and bladed to reduce aerodynamic drag. The rims ship with tubeless-ready rim tape installed, and HED recommends a rider weight ...

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Ardennes FR Wheelset - Clincher Black, 18/24 spoke, shimano/sram

The legacy of the late Steve Hed is undoubtedly secure thanks to his uncanny ability to turn the industry on its head with new technology every few years. But just in case there was any doubt, the HED Ardennes FR Wheelset has returned to us virtually unchanged for another year, proudly displaying Mr. Hed's name on one of the only aluminum rims that still qualifies for use in races at the highest levels. The Ardennes FRs were the first model of the Ardennes genus, which set the cycling industry on its head by challenging one of cycling's most specious assumptions. With a 23mm rim, the Ardennes FR wheels offset a nominal weight gain with a lower rolling resistance, more secure grip while cornering at speed, a higher tire volume that requires less PSI and nets a more comfortable ride, and -- counterintuitively -- a smaller aerodynamic footprint. The current generation of Ardennes FR wheels also incorporate the same features that made the original FR so revolutionary. The rim is still an alloy of aluminum and scandium that effectively mimics the fatigue resistance, stiffness, and strength of titanium, so the end product can be made with less material -- and therefore lower weight -- than aluminum alone. It's also got the low spoke count of the previous model, which keeps weight down while taking advantage of the wider rim's increased resistance to flex. The hubs are HED's Sonic Silver model. They run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. The flanges are spaced as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in lateral stiffness that any rider approaching HED's suggested weight limit of 225 pounds will appreciate. The front hub has a carbon-fiber tube with aluminum end caps. The rear is aluminum with exaggerated flanges and a grease port, so you can power wash these beauties and re-lube as needed. Both skewers have titanium shafts, and the ratchet ring in the rear hub is also titanium.

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Ardennes Plus BLACK Black, Set, Campagnolo

If you're a proponent of the new trend of stealth styling for high-end road machines, then you're also likely a fan of carbon and disc-brake wheels because they omit an aluminum rim brake's bright, decidedly un-stealth brake strip. With the HED Ardennes Plus Black, you can enjoy the consistent stopping power of alloy rims without sullying the matte black-on-black finish of your race rig with the silver stripe of alloy shame. As alluded to above, the most striking feature of the Ardennes Plus Black wheels is the black finish of the brake tracks, which are the result of HED's Turbine Braking Technology. HED claims this design nets some pretty impressive numbers, including stopping distances in dry and wet conditions that are reduced by 25% and 70%, respectively, and brake power consistency that enjoys a claimed 5x increase over non-Black rims. While HED is jealously guarding the details of this process for obvious reasons, we do know that it's the result of a proprietary process of machining and anodizing, and we suspect that the gains are mostly attributable to the former while the latter is just a welcome aesthetic flourish. Other than those improvements to the brake track, the Ardennes Plus Black is essentially a rebranded version of HED's previous Ardennes Plus king, the FR. The tubeless-ready rim is still a lightweight alloy whose stiffness ensures that the end product can be made with less material -- and therefore lower weight -- than comparable alloy hoops. It's also got the low spoke count of the previous model, which keeps weight down while taking advantage of the wider rim's increased resistance to torsional and lateral flex. The Ardennes Plus Black wheels also see a return of HED's Sonic Silver model, only rebranded and -- of course -- re-colored. They run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. The flanges are spaced as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in lateral stiffness that any rider ap...

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Ardennes SL Disc Brake - Clincher

HED's Ardennes SL Plus Disc Brake Clinchers negotiate a diplomatic compromise between two technological eras. More and more, tubulars are taking over for racing applications, but the idea of gluing tires for everyday use and training only sounds feasible if there's a team car and dedicated mechanic involved. The fact that these are clinchers mean they're ideal for everyday use, and the fact that they're built on the nigh-indestructible Ardennes Plus platform mean that they're equal to virtually any abuse. While they eschew tubs for clinchers, the Ardennes SL Plus wheels do make concessions to the more convenient innovations in wheelset technology: wide rims and disc brakes. HED's oversized Plus rims have an external width of 25 millimeters to better accommodate the trend of 25 millimeter tires, but their benefits go well beyond that, even with 23 millimeter tires. Simply put, wider rims make for a better tire profile, which results in a better grip in corners and lower rolling resistance. It also orients more of the sidewall vertically, so the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface, so you'll roll through bumps and pebbles, not over them. If you're after an even plusher ride, the rims are tubeless-ready and include tubeless tape. The other nod this model of Ardennes SLs make to the future is their disc brake mounts. While the UCI has yet to approve disc brakes for use in competition, the consumer market demand and increased control over stopping power will no doubt force their hand in the next few years. By using a smaller diameter for its stopping surface (the disc instead of the rim), disc brakes actually require more power to lock-up. This means that, instead of around 200 pounds of force before your wheels seize, you can modulate your stopping power across a range of about 1,000 pounds. They also grab immediately in all conditions without taking a full rotation to clear debris from the brake track. The hubs come from HED's ...

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Ardennes Plus FR Road Wheelset - Clincher Black, CAMPAGNOLO

Sitting atop the pile of HED's alloy wheels is the Ardennes FR Plus Clincher Wheelset. At a massive 25mm wide, and under 1500 grams for the set, it establishes a new benchmark in the realm of aluminum clinchers. They get all of the details that you'd expect, such as Sapim bladed spokes, titanium skewers, and a grease port at the rear hub. And when you factor in the superior braking of an aluminum rim, this wheelset proves that carbon fiber isn't the only option for taking your wheels into the 21st century. Wide rims have become standard for road use over the past few seasons, and HED's C2 rim shape has been at the forefront of this. The Plus FR takes this trend a step further by upping the width of the scandium alloy rim by two millimeters, to 25mm. The upshot is that you get more of the same traits that are relegating narrow rims to the antique bin. Namely, better grip and faster rolling through an improved tire profile. And, you can rest assured that these aren't empty promises. All things being equal, a wider rim puts more of the tire on the road, and that increased contact patch means more grip, especially while cornering. Better yet, by widening the tire's base, more of the sidewall is oriented vertically, and that means that the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface. So, you'll roll through them, not over them. And just in case you're looking for the fastest rolling setup around, the FR Plus is compatible with tubeless setups, in addition to traditional clincher tires with tubes. At the heart of the Plus FR wheelset are HED's Sonic hubs. The carbon fiber hub shells are bonded to aluminum flanges in order to provide a stiff, lightweight assembly. The rear hub has an external grease port, which means that you're able to pump fresh grease in there without having to disassemble the rear hub. The spokes are Sapim CX rays, of which the front wheel has 18, and the rear has 24. Traditional spokes are drawn from stainless wire, bu...

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Ardennes Plus BLACK

If you're a proponent of the new trend of stealth styling for high-end road machines, then you're also likely a fan of carbon and disc-brake wheels because they omit an aluminum rim brake's bright, decidedly un-stealth brake strip. With the HED Ardennes Plus Black, you can enjoy the consistent stopping power of alloy rims without sullying the matte black-on-black finish of your race rig with the silver stripe of alloy shame. As alluded to above, the most striking feature of the Ardennes Plus Black wheels is the black finish of the brake tracks, which are the result of HED's Turbine Braking Technology. HED claims this design nets some pretty impressive numbers, including stopping distances in dry and wet conditions that are reduced by 25% and 70%, respectively, and brake power consistency that enjoys a claimed 5x increase over non-Black rims. While HED is jealously guarding the details of this process for obvious reasons, we do know that it's the result of a proprietary process of machining and anodizing, and we suspect that the gains are mostly attributable to the former while the latter is just a welcome aesthetic flourish. Other than those improvements to the brake track, the Ardennes Plus Black is essentially a rebranded version of HED's previous Ardennes Plus king, the FR. The tubeless-ready rim is still a lightweight alloy whose stiffness ensures that the end product can be made with less material -- and therefore lower weight -- than comparable alloy hoops. It's also got the low spoke count of the previous model, which keeps weight down while taking advantage of the wider rim's increased resistance to torsional and lateral flex. The Ardennes Plus Black wheels also see a return of HED's Sonic Silver model, only rebranded and -- of course -- re-colored. They run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. The flanges are spaced as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in lateral stiffness that any rider ap...

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Ardennes Plus BLACK Black, Set, Shimano/SRAM

If you're a proponent of the new trend of stealth styling for high-end road machines, then you're also likely a fan of carbon and disc-brake wheels because they omit an aluminum rim brake's bright, decidedly un-stealth brake strip. With the HED Ardennes Plus Black, you can enjoy the consistent stopping power of alloy rims without sullying the matte black-on-black finish of your race rig with the silver stripe of alloy shame. As alluded to above, the most striking feature of the Ardennes Plus Black wheels is the black finish of the brake tracks, which are the result of HED's Turbine Braking Technology. HED claims this design nets some pretty impressive numbers, including stopping distances in dry and wet conditions that are reduced by 25% and 70%, respectively, and brake power consistency that enjoys a claimed 5x increase over non-Black rims. While HED is jealously guarding the details of this process for obvious reasons, we do know that it's the result of a proprietary process of machining and anodizing, and we suspect that the gains are mostly attributable to the former while the latter is just a welcome aesthetic flourish. Other than those improvements to the brake track, the Ardennes Plus Black is essentially a rebranded version of HED's previous Ardennes Plus king, the FR. The tubeless-ready rim is still a lightweight alloy whose stiffness ensures that the end product can be made with less material -- and therefore lower weight -- than comparable alloy hoops. It's also got the low spoke count of the previous model, which keeps weight down while taking advantage of the wider rim's increased resistance to torsional and lateral flex. The Ardennes Plus Black wheels also see a return of HED's Sonic Silver model, only rebranded and -- of course -- re-colored. They run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. The flanges are spaced as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in lateral stiffness that any rider ap...

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Ardennes SL Disc Brake - Tubular Black, 24/24 spoke, shimano/sram

In 2007, HED spearHEDed (sorry, sorry) the wide rim revolution with its 23mm rims. Now, it's leading the charge yet again with the Ardennes SL Disc Brake Tubulars, ushering in an era of wide rims and disc brakes, which we're confident represent the future standard of cycling. Add to this the ride quality of tubular tires, and it's hard to imagine the industry ever looking back. The 23 millimeter width of the Ardennes SL Tubular rims results in better cornering grip and lower rolling resistance than traditional 19 millimeter rims. It also orients more of the tire's sidewall vertically, which means the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface so you'll roll through bumps and pebbles, not over them. The basic width of the Ardennes tubular models does mean there are some drawbacks in these fields compared to the wider Ardennes Plus clincher models; however, while recognizing that this is purely subjective, we feel that running tubs instead of clinchers eclipses the ride quality gains made by the latter's 25-millimeter width. While the ride quality of tubs is inimitable, the real selling point of these wheels is the disc brake mounts. By using a smaller diameter for its stopping surface (the disc instead of the rim), disc brakes actually require more power than rim brakes to lock-up. This means that, instead of around 200 pounds of force before your wheels seize, you can modulate your stopping power across a range of about 1,000 pounds. They also grab immediately in all conditions without taking a full rotation to clear debris from the brake track. As with the non-disc Ardennes SLs, the hubs used here come from Hed's Sonic line. They run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. The flanges are spaced as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in lateral stiffness that any rider approaching HED's suggested weight limit of 225 pounds will appreciate. The front hub has a carbon-fiber...

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Ardennes SL Disc Brake - Tubular Black, 24/24 spoke, shimano/sram

In 2007, HED spearHEDed (sorry, sorry) the wide rim revolution with its 23mm rims. Now, it's leading the charge yet again with the Ardennes SL Disc Brake Tubulars, ushering in an era of wide rims and disc brakes, which we're confident represent the future standard of cycling. Add to this the ride quality of tubular tires, and it's hard to imagine the industry ever looking back. The 23 millimeter width of the Ardennes SL Tubular rims results in better cornering grip and lower rolling resistance than traditional 19 millimeter rims. It also orients more of the tire's sidewall vertically, which means the tire is better able to deform around irregularities in the road surface so you'll roll through bumps and pebbles, not over them. The basic width of the Ardennes tubular models does mean there are some drawbacks in these fields compared to the wider Ardennes Plus clincher models; however, while recognizing that this is purely subjective, we feel that running tubs instead of clinchers eclipses the ride quality gains made by the latter's 25-millimeter width. While the ride quality of tubs is inimitable, the real selling point of these wheels is the disc brake mounts. By using a smaller diameter for its stopping surface (the disc instead of the rim), disc brakes actually require more power than rim brakes to lock-up. This means that, instead of around 200 pounds of force before your wheels seize, you can modulate your stopping power across a range of about 1,000 pounds. They also grab immediately in all conditions without taking a full rotation to clear debris from the brake track. As with the non-disc Ardennes SLs, the hubs used here come from Hed's Sonic line. They run ABEC5 bearings on oversized axles, 12mm in front and 15mm in the rear. The flanges are spaced as widely as possible to create a stronger bracing angle, resulting in lateral stiffness that any rider approaching HED's suggested weight limit of 225 pounds will appreciate. The front hub has a carbon-fiber...

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