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HED Ardenne SL Stallion- breaking spokes

Old 07-26-12, 08:12 AM
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HED Ardenne SL Stallion- breaking spokes

Anybody running the HED Ardenne SL Stallion wheels? These are the 24/28 spoke wheels for riders up to 230 lbs. I usually weigh around 205 and ride on relatively smooth roads in SW Florida.

I've got less than a year and 1800 miles on my set and have blown spokes on both wheels. The rear lost a spoke around 1400 miles and front lost a spoke yesterday at ~1800 miles. HED rebuilt the rear wheel under warranty. Not sure what they are going to do with the front just yet. In addition to this, the front hub feels like the bearings are ready for replacement.

I like the wheels and the way they ride. However, I am not real impressed with their durability. Just want to see what others experience is with this HED Ardenne wheelsets.
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Anybody running the HED Ardenne SL Stallion wheels? These are the 24/28 spoke wheels for riders up to 230 lbs. I usually weigh around 205 and ride on relatively smooth roads in SW Florida.

I've got less than a year and 1800 miles on my set and have blown spokes on both wheels. The rear lost a spoke around 1400 miles and front lost a spoke yesterday at ~1800 miles. HED rebuilt the rear wheel under warranty. Not sure what they are going to do with the front just yet. In addition to this, the front hub feels like the bearings are ready for replacement.

I like the wheels and the way they ride. However, I am not real impressed with their durability. Just want to see what others experience is with this HED Ardenne wheelsets.
Funny enough, I just broke a spoke on my HED Ardennes SL while riding today (20/24 rear has a PowerTap) on the HED front wheel. I was climbing out of the saddle and was not putting out too much power and then "pop". This is my first spoke breakage ever as I weigh 143 lbs. as of this writing and I can't put out insane power.

I asked a lady who was riding by for a hex key and released the front brake tension completely because the rim was rubbing so badly against the brakes and crawled home...

I LOVE how these wheels ride but they have needed truing twice and the rear rim is already worn out after about one season. Granted, I have put about 7,000 miles (rain, snow, etc.) on them already but still, that's pretty bad durability for a rim IMO. I am using Kool Stop Salmons and they haven't worn out the rims of other rims like Mavic Open Pros or DT Swiss RR465s or a Dura-Ace wheelset.

I'm sort of PO also because HED no longer makes the C2 rim with a 20 hole eyelet for the front wheel.
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I have a set of HED Ardennes GP. No problems.

Has anyone rebuilt these wheels with stronger/better spokes?
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Spokes are Sapim CX Ray. Good spokes IMO, but looks like I may have gotten a bad batch. Last time HED rebuilt the whole wheel under warranty. Hopefully they will do the same this time. Might put these wheels on Craigslist when I get them back.
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Maybe it's the wheel building that is the issue. Has anyone ever checked for even spoke tension on a new or fresh re-build?
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