Wide rims are here to stay, and if you still aren't sure what all the fuss is about, let us introduce you to the HED Ardennes LT Plus Clincher Wheelset. Some things are best left unchanged, and accordingly, the Ardennes LT keeps its aluminum rims and HED Sonic hubs. But change can be a good thing too, which is why HED bumped the width up to 25mm. And that means more of the fast rolling and superior grip that you've come to expect.
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 LT Plus 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 LT Plus is compatible with tubeless setups, in addition to traditional clincher tires with tubes.
The LT Plus wheelset rolls on HED's Sonic hubs, much like its FR and SL Plus brethren. The front hub employs the same carbon fiber hubshells and bonded aluminum flanges as the FR, while the rear hub forgoes the carbon fiber shell in favor of an aluminum hubshell. The rear hub has an external grease port, which means that you can pump fresh grease in there without having to disassemble the rear hub. The spokes are stainless items, of which the front wheel has 18, and the rear has 24. And they're bladed to reduce aerodynamic drag. To keep the wheelset in place, HED includes its steel quick-release skewers. The result is a wheelset that weighs just around 1564 grams.
The HED Ardennes LT Plus Clincher Wheelset is available with either a Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo freehub compatibility and in the color Black. It's worth noting that both freehub bodies are compatible with 11-speed cassettes, and that these wheels ship with airtight rim tape that makes them compatible with tubeless setups. Please note that HED's suggested rider weight limit for these wheels is 225lb.