Campagnolo Shamal Ultra C17 Clincher Road Wheelset
Campagnolo Shamal Ultra C17 Clincher Road WheelsetCampagnolo Shamal Ultra C17 Clincher Road Wheelset
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Campagnolo Shamal Ultra C17 Clincher Road Wheelset - 2017

The Shamal wheelset represents somewhat of a cornerstone in fine performance wheelworks and as such it has been at the forefront of innovation since its inception over 20 years ago.

Born as the very first complete wheelset with each component in its build being specifically designed as a complete unit to ensure unparalleled efficiency and performance the Shamal continued to introduce new technologies that would change the way aluminum performance wheels were produced. So advanced was the Shamal in its early stages that it was found also in World Tour competition often and to this day is still perhaps the most race ready aluminum wheelset available.

A long list of innovative technologies found its way into the cycling world thanks to this wheelset such as:

- Differentiated rim height

- G3 Spoke pattern

- MoMag™ technology

- Oversized driveside flange

- USB ceramic bearings

- Oversize Aerodymic Aluminum spokes


The modern Shamal includes all of the aforementioned technologies and represents years of solid research and development that culminates in the newest version of this prestigious line of wheels, the SHAMAL ULTRA C17. This new, wider profile meets the C17 standard and is perfect for use with the increasingly popular tire sizes.

Available in clincher version, the new Shamal was studied specifically to increase compatibility with 25 and 28mm. This new rim/tire interface proves to be more aerodynamic when compared to the same size tires mated to a C15 rim. The new C17 also allows for a more surefooted grip on the road in addition to increased comfort while increasing rigidity and thus reactivity at the same time thanks to its wider stance and optimized material usage. Both versions of the new Shamal Ultra C17 will continue to use a carbon fiber hub body with extra smooth USB bearings to make them as efficient as possible. The hubs for this newly designed wheel will continue to be differentiated between front and rear in order to optimize weight savings while considering structural and performance necessities that change with the individual roles of the two wheels. The 16 aerodynamic anodized  aluminum spokes on the front wheel are laced radially while the 21 spokes of the rear wheel are grouped in the Mega G3 pattern, famous not only for its fantastic performance but also for its innovative design. A new adjusting lock ring with microsetting has trickled down to this new C17 version from the Bora family, further highlighting the Shamal’s status as a top tier race wheel.

The new advanced SHAMAL ULTRA C17 represents the same fantastic performance that has made it THE go to aluminum race wheel for the better part of two decades while adding more versatility and performance.

Bought these to upgrade the alloy winter trainers I had been using. Handling is excellent, wind up well and provide an extra push during acceleration. However, once cruising feel heavy to keep turning. I weigh 93 kg; super light wheels are not an option. But, despite being rated as same weight as the carbon wheels that just went into winter storage these feel decidely heavier. The wheels are good, in some ways excellent. But, given the reviews, and price, expected more.
The wheelset arrived to Colorado in four days, packaged in the Campagnolo wheel bags with the complete accessory pack. The tubes and tires were already on the rims and only needed to be inflated. After swapping my Dura-Ace 9100 cassette, I was ready to ride in only a few minutes. As an upgrade, this wheel set is incredible and after my first 50-mile ride and 4,000 ft. climb, its like having a new bike. The USB bearings added an extra 4 MPH to my top downhill speed and the free wheel is incredibly quiet. Overall Im impressed with the speed of delivery, the price, and the quality product.
Width increase suits 25mm tyre nicely. Wheels run very smooth and provide good acceleration. A very good all purpose road wheelset.