The HED Ardennes RA Black
We’re just going to come out and say it: no other bike wheel on the market matches the Ardennes RA Black in total performance. From ride quality to weight to braking performance, the Ardennes RA Black combines HED’s signature Ardennes wheel design with black anodized Turbine Braking Technology – rim braking technology that rivals the performance of modern disc brake systems.
Freehub Note: *Campagnolo requires a longer lockring to safely secure 10/11/12 speed cassettes to N3W freehubs
- Built in USA
- Black Turbine Braking Technology
- Tubeless Compatible
- 21mm Internal Width, 25mm External Width
- July 2022
Everything a Bike Wheel Should Be.
Light? Check. Groundbreaking? Check. Trustworthy? Check. A heck-of-a-lot-of-fun to ride? Double check.
No expense was spared in the development of HED’s iconic Ardennes RA Black. Building off of the industry leading Ardennes rim design, seam-welded to perfection, HED’s team of engineers knew they had produced one of the most lively, fast alloy wheels in the bike industry, but they also decided to take on a new and unique challenge.
How can a rim brake wheel rival modern disc brake options in both wet and dry conditions?
Enter Turbine Braking Technology.
HED’s patented system uses special machining and anodizing to create a textured, all-black braking surface. This detailed design, like the tread of a tire creates traction. When the roads get wet, HED’s Turbine Braking Technology separates and spreads moisture away from the braking surface. That means no compromise, wet or dry, in how this wheel performs.
Compared to other rim brake wheels on the market, HED’s Turbine Braking Technology produces 25% shorter stopping distances in dry conditions and 70% shorter stopping distances in wet conditions. Read that again. Our all-black, textured alloy brake track, seamlessly matched to a hyper-aero carbon rim section, give you all-around riding performance with none of the concerns of carbon braking surfaces.
On top of all that, you can add all of the incredible ride quality of 25mm-wide rims, tubeless compatibility, and perfect balance.
Hand built by our team in Minnesota, the Ardennes RA Black is ready for whatever your throw at it, rain or shine. Get riding today!