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Shimano Dura Ace WH-9000-C24-CL Carbon Clincher Wheelset
Size Name: 700cChange
Price:$887.99 + Free shipping
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2014
These are simply amazing wheels.

They handle far better than my Zipp 101s almost every situation: especially in crosswinds and climbing. I put on 9800ft of climbing in my first ride. They spin up fast on an incline and are extremely stable on fast descents with high crosswinds. I've rode the same/similar hills with the Zipp aluminum and other carbon wheels (HED Jet) and experience stability issues on fast descent (> 40MPH).

The published weight of the wheels are actually accurate when I put them on a scale. They are one of the lightest clincher alloy wheels on the market today.

The Dura Ace hubs are very smooth and quiet. Unlike other hubs (talking to you Chris King), they don't sound like a swarm of busy bees coming at you. Quiet is good: less rotation energy converted to sound energy (although negligible). They also look like they require less maintenance when compared to other hubs.

The quality of the factory build is great. They almost rival some of the hand built wheels I've purchased.

I plan to ride these at Ironman Coeur d'Alene. Its a hilly course with high crosswinds at some of the passes. I rode on carbon aero wheels last year and swore carbon off after the same race because of weight and crosswind handling. Gram for gram, I cannot find a carbon clincher wheel that's lighter on outer edge of the wheels than an alloy wheel. Weight on the lateral edges is where you're required the most power to spin up to speed. A hilly course is essentially a course where you're constantly required to spin up again and again.

I've also stopped reading white papers published by manufacturer's marketing department. The Aero numbers they publish are typically junk. I'll be the contrarian: I'll take weight advantage on wheels over aero advantage any day. They're tested with wind tunnel conditions that a real rider will rarely encounter over the course of an entire race. (Like: Direction of wind staying constant to maximize the drag/yaw numbers. Or worse: at wind speeds a typical rider won't achieve in order to show benefit). Shimano products are a "sleeper" in that sense. No bling marketing, but a very solid performer. I'll take these wheels over wheels I've paid over twice as much for.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
Size Name: 700c
I have a Giant Defy Composite bike. The wheels that came with the bike were heavy and slow. I upgraded the wheels to the giant p-sl0 wheels with great results. This upgrade shaved 300gr off the original wheel weight. I liked the results so much, I decided to upgrade further to the durace wheels. This further upgrade has also resulted in a nice noticeable improvement. My bike comes up to speed even faster than before. In addition, it's easier to maintain my speed. A big difference with this Wheelset is the ride. The carbon fiber wheels really smooth out the road like no other wheels can. Transferring the cassette was no issue with the provided spacer. I don't think you will be disappointed in the wheels.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2015
Size Name: 700c
After a few thousand miles on these wheels, I am completely satisfied with them. They have stayed true through all types of road conditions, and they spin effortlessly with very little resistance. They are also quite stiff. I tend to ride my brake pads fairly close to the rim, and even during tough sprints and climbs, there is never enough flex to allow the rims to touch the pads. I also love that they have an aluminum braking surface, so I never have to worry about overheating and blowing up a rim. Pound-for-pound, I would ride these wheels over full carbon any day.
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on April 14, 2015
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Great Wheels. Just did 52 miles on them and definitely felt the improvement over all aluminum.
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on September 14, 2014
Size Name: 700cVerified Purchase
Very nice set of wheels. Lightweight. I like them very much
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2014
Size Name: 700cVerified Purchase
These wheels make rough roads feel smoother on my Specialized Roubaix, but at speeds over 30 mph the bike becomes twitchy in cross winds. And the brakes pulsate even after replacing brake pads, the wheels look true, but high speed braking pulsates badly. I am disappointed with these wheels
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2014
Size Name: 700c
I have been running these for over a year (12,000 + miles). I rebuilt the rear hub once for $24 US. Do not wash cassette with a power washer too often. These are the finest wheel sets I have ever had. My wife runs Bontrager Race Xlite 35's and when we just coast down together I have to give her 10 lenghts on a 1/2 mile section just not to pass her too soon. Uphills are never a problem. Spin up fast and brake as good as rim brakes can. They are on a Specilzed Roubaix S-works. I have the similar rims on my new s-works with disk brakes. they seem to be just fine.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2014
Size Name: 700cVerified Purchase
Background - I ride road ~3k miles per season and have several sets of wheels, including high-end carbon clinchers with carbon brake tracks. The first ride on these made me smile. They have a great balance of speed, pop, and comfort that is very tough to achieve. I appreciate the smooth hub bearings and precision sound while coasting. While they are not quite as fast "out of the hole" as an ultra light and stiff climbing wheel, they hold speed and ride better. They are more comfortable even with 23's than my full carbons with 25's. Haven't put 25's on them yet but that will be my century setup. My bikes are running 10-speed, and no trouble. Having the 11-speed compatibility means these will work with my next build kit upgrade.

While not quite as light as all carbon clinchers, braking is smooth and consistent in all conditions with their aluminum brake track.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2014
Size Name: 700c
I got a KOM on a climb on my first ride. Enough said.
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