Shimano Dura Ace Comes Full Circle

Posted on 28. Feb, 2010 by Paul Skilbeck in 2010 News

Shimano Wheels - MootsThe newest element of Shimano’s Dura Ace component range is the 7850 C24 carbon wheelset. Continuing the industry-wide trend to produce component groups that include more than the traditional drivetrain and brakes, Shimano’s top level wheels feature the same technological advances and attention to detail that characterize the rest of the DuraAce lineup.

Fittingly for their exhibit at the NAHBS, the C24 wheels are also handbuilt at Shimano’s facility in Japan. “Every wheel has a serial number that can be traced back to their individual builder at the factory,” explains Shimano USA’s Media Liaison, Devin Walton. “Like all of the frame builders here at the show, Shimano’s wheelbuilders take pride in their work and are committed to producing products of the highest quality,” he explains.

The C24 wheels feature 390g alloy-carbon composite rims that will accomodate tubeless clincher tires or a standard tube and tire setup. The rear wheel has a titanium freehub body compatible with an 8,9 or 10-speed cassette, a wider hub flange, and the wheel is constructed with an offset rim. These design features increase wheel rigidity and enable a direct transfer of power from rider to forward motion.

Front wheels have 16 spokes and rear wheels have 20.Both wheels feature Shimano’s quality proven angular contact bearings with oversized 7075 alloy axles and rim wear indicators. Combined wheel weight for the pair is 1458g.

Expect to see the C24 wheels used by Shimano-sponsored teams at this summer’s Tour de France, continuing a winning heritage that began back in 1974 with Freddy Maertens and the Flandria team.

You need not ride Le Grande Boucle to experience Shimano quality yourself. Look for the Dura Ace 7850 C24 wheelset at your local Shimano dealer.

- Matt Butterman

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