With the CL model, HED brings bulletproof durability to their lightweight Ardennes line. Suitable for cross, ultra-distance riding or larger riders these wheels bring a new level of performance to the word "value".
The key to the Ardennes' success is the innovative scandium C2 rim. At 24mm deep this hoop is amazingly light yet more aerodynamic than a traditional box-section rim. This weight saving, semi-aero profile isn't unique in and of itself, but it's just the beginning -- HED's engineers have realized that width also plays a critical role in cheating the wind. As such the C2 rim bed measures a full 23mm wide to help eliminate bulge and reduce drag when paired with a 700x23 tire. The wider rim also helps improve the wheel's stiffness and control, while a subsequently larger tire footprint affords riders lower rolling resistance and improved grip.
The Ardennes CL wheels HED's exclusive Sonic alloy hubset. The front hub features a 12mm oversized axle and top quality cartridge bearings, while the rear uses a 15mm oversized axle and cartridge bearings to match. Both hubs benefit from extra-wide flange spacing to reduce spoke flex and improve overall rigidity.
HED uses Sapim Sprint spokes to hold it all together, with 24 front and 28 rear laced 2x for ultimate durability and stiffness without excessive weight.
The Ardennes CL Tubular Wheelset weighs 1503 grams (665 gram front, 838 gram rear). Compatible with tubular tires. Black rims with Silver hubs. 700c. Shimano/SRAM 8/9/10 and Campagnolo 9/10/11 compatible versions are available.
- Sapim Sprint Spokes: 24 front; 28 rear
- 2x front and rear lacing
- Sonic flanged Hubs
- Skewers and Rim Tape included
- Clincher or Alloy Tubular
- Rider weight limit 225lbs