I typically put 5,000 miles 300,000ft of elevation gain per year on my road wheels with some mixed dirt and gravel so I was looking for something more durable than my carbon clinchers. Went with ardennes plus because I am a believer in the wide rim movement. Note - I typically run conti 4000 25mm, but when mounted up on these heels, they stretch to 28.2mm wide, so I may try to move down to a 23mm tire. What the Ardennes lack in aero benefits, they more than make up for with stiffness, ride quality, and breaking power. I am only five hundred miles into them, but no complaints so far. WBW shipped fast and were easy to order from online.
I ride year around (190lbs). I was looking for a wider option to a Shimano Ultegra wheel set (which worked for years under these conditions). After 600 miles, half of which was in the rain, the rear free hub started to make a loud crackling noise. On inspection the free hub body was badly scored by my Shimano cassette. HED claims to have fixed the bearing issue. They did not fix the scoring. I was very disappointed with the wheels.
Reality check, you get what you pay for! First thing I noticed right away, the smoother ride with wider rims. They really pay off after about the 10 to 15 mile mark. They seem easier to push and less work from my stock rims I feel them reducing effort on my part. Rolling resistance is really noticed in down hill. I'm glad I jumped up to this level as I would have been disappointed with anything less. I do wish I would have moved up to the SL's. Only complaint is the hubs are a bit loud with the clicking noise. I've done a lot of purchasing at WBW's over the last couple of years due to excellent and quick service, price, no tax, quick free shipping and web design.
These wheels are great! I have been running tubeless and have about 500 miles on them so far and no flats. What a great feeling to go out for a ride and not worry about flats. These are so smooth and spin up very nice. A great light wheel set for the price, cant wait to get my cross tires on these and run these for CX.