NAHBS 2014: HED Updates Triple Crown Gravel Road Bike, Introduces 650B Ardennes+ Wheels
At Interbike last year, the HED gravel road bike sorta became official, but apparently it wasn’t done. Now it’s done. Or, at least, done enough for sale.
Updates include internally run cables, a reground fork crown for improved aesthetics, and skinnier fork legs to improve comfort. The bike’s called the triple crown – a nod to the fork’s stainless steel crown, but also to the three usage builds.
They also removed a few of the braze on mounts, limiting it to fender mounts and a rear tail light mount. Overall it’s a much sleeker looking bike that’s available to roll any way you want. See for yourself…
They made the top shelf of the crown socketed (meaning the fork leg slots into it, rather than through it like the bottom two) so it’s solid on top and could be engraved.
Yes, that taillight mount will be moved to the non drive side.
It’ll be $3,500 frame fork headset stem bar and choice of Ardennes wheels. Choice of wheels you say? Yep, so you can run it with 650 ballon tires like above, or as a ‘cross bike:
Or a drop bar 27.5″ adventure bike:
Yep, it’s pretty darn versatile.
And good looking. We particularly liked the elegant
rotor caliper mounts, designed around 140mm rotors front and rear.
Should you opt for the fatter but smaller tires, they now have 650B Ardennes+ wheelset. It’s a 25mm wide rim (20.5 inside). Tubeless ready, of course.