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HED Ardennes RA Black Clincher Wheelset

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Reviewed 2/16/2017
by NMvelo
Competitive Racer
Northern Michigan
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7 of 11 customers found this review helpful.
Well built , nice looking wheelset.

I haven't used these wheels on the road yet, but I can say the tubeless Schwalbe Pro One tires mount very easy and the new hubs look like a big improvement. They weigh about 10 grams less than the advertised 1430 grams which is very light. It also is amazing to see a manufacturer's weight claim accurate.

I have used the Ardennes SL Plus, set up tubeless and they are very, very, nice wheels.

The 23 mm Schwalbe Pro Ones measure 26 mm on these rims, and the 25 mm measure 28.5 .

I am anxious to try out this Black turbine brake track, I am expecting good results and Andy at Hed has been a very good person to deal with if questions need to be addressed.

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Reviewed 3/24/2019
by A.B.
Competitive Racer
SF Peninsula
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Absolutely fine.

They look stealthy. After 2000 miles and 20k feet climbing they lose nothing going downhill and brake great. But to me, they don't feel as good going uphill as Racing 3's or C24s and the rear wheel spokes are generating 'plinkity-plink-plink' noises already. The same $$ for these will buy TWO sets of C24s.. just sayin'.

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Reviewed 8/13/2017
by Phil W
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Southern Indiana
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2 of 9 customers found this review helpful.
Excellent braking wheel!

The Pros for this wheel Great looks, terrific braking, smooth rolling, made to accommodate 25c or 28c tires.

The Cons Rim tape provided for use with tubeless tires is also a MUST USE for tires with tubes to prevent tubes from being cut by spoke holes in the rim. Very difficult to mount tires with tubes (I haven't tried tubeless tires yet).

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Reviewed 8/17/2020
by PV ride leader
Cycling Enthusiast
Aloha, OR
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Smooth as glass.

Very light. Easy rollup to speed. Love the wider rim. Because of the wider rim the actual tire surface on the ground is wider and it makes for a smoother ride. I have rim brakes and the noise is interesting but they stop on a dime.

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Reviewed 7/14/2020
by esiahaan
Cycling Enthusiast
San Francisco
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Performs well but braking surface wears off

These are my year around set. They perform well, but I wouldn't recommend using them in the rainy season. These were my go to for bad weather riding which unfortunately wears off the coating on the brake track.

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Reviewed 4/2/2020
by GoDogGo
Cycling Enthusiast
Olympia
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
WINNER !

This wheel set is my best of 3 brands for mounting Schwalbe tubeless. Ardennes must be a couple mm smaller than R brand wheels.

I have had a side puncture flat 25 miles into a ride and with thumbs and one spoon removed a bead and put a tube in like old days.

that isn't the case with 2 other tubeless wheel sets I have. I threw a set of early tubeless wheels in trash for there was no hope for

a field fix and even a heated garage tire mounting was miserable. These wheels are light , sturdy , fast and you can fix flats.

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Reviewed 5/11/2017
by ekakki
Cycling Enthusiast
san francisco, ca
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
dream wheels set

I use this wheel for my everyday riding. I use it to do training on the hills. It climbs like nothing would stop it. It responses quickly. the width of the rims help you descentconering with super confident. Just point and go.

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