NAHBS 2014: HED Updates Triple Crown Gravel Road Bike, Introduces 650B Ardennes+ Wheels

NAHBS2014 - HED gravel road bike and Ardennes Plus 650b road bicycle 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…

NAHBS2014 - HED gravel road bike and Ardennes Plus 650b road bicycle wheels

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.

NAHBS2014 - HED gravel road bike and Ardennes Plus 650b road bicycle wheels

Yes, that taillight mount will be moved to the non drive side.

NAHBS2014 - HED gravel road bike and Ardennes Plus 650b road bicycle wheels

NAHBS2014 - HED gravel road bike and Ardennes Plus 650b road bicycle wheels

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:

NAHBS2014 - HED gravel road bike and Ardennes Plus 650b road bicycle wheels

Or a drop bar 27.5″ adventure bike:

NAHBS2014 - HED gravel road bike and Ardennes Plus 650b road bicycle wheels

Yep, it’s pretty darn versatile.

NAHBS2014 - HED gravel road bike and Ardennes Plus 650b road bicycle wheels

And good looking. We particularly liked the elegant rotor caliper mounts, designed around 140mm rotors front and rear.

NAHBS2014 - HED gravel road bike and Ardennes Plus 650b road bicycle wheels

NAHBS2014 - HED gravel road bike and Ardennes Plus 650b road bicycle wheels

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.

HEDcycling.com

Comments

J - 03/24/14 - 5:16pm

“asdf”?

Ripnshread - 03/24/14 - 6:23pm

I think you mean “…caliper mounts…” the rotor mounts to the hub.

Craig - 03/24/14 - 9:44pm

Also built by Erik Noren of Peacock Groove….

Hoshie99 - 03/24/14 - 11:38pm

How fun what that bike be?

Seems out of character for HED’s main product line, yet a fun diversion.

Mike - 03/24/14 - 11:58pm

I think these would look nicer fillet brazed.

Tyler Benedict - 03/25/14 - 8:05am

Ripnshread – yep, fixed. Thanks!

Craig – correct, these are built by Peacock Groove.

Ajax - 03/25/14 - 1:04pm

No caption for the custom thru axle fork?

Aaron - 03/28/14 - 11:50am

Road, CX, MTB… everything should just go 650B and we can all call it a day.

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