Ardennes…if you think classic Belgian racing when you hear these words then Hed
named the Hed Ardennes LT Clincher Bicycle Wheelset right. For Hed, these wheels
evoke cobbles, the hard men of the spring classics, hard training, and serious
racing. After 15 years of work staying on top of the aero wheel world, Hed
turned their attention to traditional wheels. It seemed like a strange direction
to go, but Hed was tired of looking at alloy wheels and thinking "these could be
SO much better". They are.
But what makes 23mm better than the ubiquitous 19mm rim? Width. Picture a
standard 23mm tire on the C2 rim. Tire and rim width are the same, the sidewalls
are fairly straight, and the width of the rim spreads the tread contact patch
out. With straighter sidewalls, and more rubber on the road, cornering is an
entirely new experience. The sidewalls don't flop over in a hard corner, and
more rubber on the road is, well... better. C2s should be run with lower
pressure, since there is more air volume in the wider tire profile. The same
tire on a 19mm rim looks more like the profile of a light bulb. The curved
sidewalls flop over under hard cornering, there is less rubber on the road, and
more air pressure is needed to prevent pinch flats.
Nearly identical to the Ardennes SL, the LT switches the scandium C2 rim for a
more economical aluminum one. Despite fitting into the middle of the Ardennes
line up, this wheel still stacks up to competitors' best offerings.
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.
C2 Alloy rims
18 front and 24 rear
Black bladed spokes
Carbon FR Sonic Front
Skewer and Rim Tape
Weights (g): Front:
682 - Rear: 835