The final 1000 meters leading to the finish line at the Tour there is a red
pennant marking the last kilometer. At the Giro, riders hit the Ultimo Kilometro.
When the race gets to the Flamme Rouge, nothing is held back. The sprinters
trains are at full speed, or the breakaway riders are eying each other tensely,
or the climbers are grimacing as they struggle for the valuable seconds that
could put them on the top step. The Flamme Rouge marks the point where you give
It marks the same thing for HED. Flamme Rouge wheels are the ultimate. If it can
save weight or save watts, Hed uses it.
The Hed Ardennes Flamme Rouge Clincher Bicycle Wheelset utilizes Flamme Rouge
Sonic hubs that are built to the same exacting tolerances as regular Sonics, but
save weight with a carbon hub shell. Ti skewers are lighter than stock steel
ones. The C2 alloyed rims on FR wheels are lighter, stronger, and stiffer than
The closing meters of the race are where everything counts; Flamme Rouge wheels
are built for one thing only. They are built to win.
With C2 rims, high quality steel bearings, titanium skewer, new rear wheel
lacing pattern, and a new grease port rear hub, the Ardennes FR are the finest
low profile wheels Hed has built to date.
What is Stallion Build: Stallion build available for
riders 191-225lbs, or sprinter types who want a stiffer build. Stallion wheels
are built with extra spokes (20 front, 28 rear). Weight is +100g.
18 front and 24 rear
Silver bladed spokes
Sapim CX-Ray bladed
Carbon FR Sonic hubs
Rear hub grease port
with aluminum port cap
Titanium Skewer and Rim
Weights (g): Front:
611 - Rear: 816