Shimano Dura-Ace carbon review

Shimano produce another wheel in their flagship Dura-Ace range for a far more reasonable price (£450 per pair), while these outwardly similar wheels are based around relatively tough (for their weight) unidirectional carbon rims for tubular tyres.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £450.00 RRP | USD $1,999.99
Shimano Dura-Ace carbon

Our review

Great wheels and strong, but expensive and could prove very pricey to repair.
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Shimano produce another wheel in their flagship Dura-Ace range for a far more reasonable price (£450 per pair), while these outwardly similar wheels are based around relatively tough (for their weight) unidirectional carbon rims for tubular tyres. Shimano’s new spoke pattern is proving to be more successful than their original lateral crossover design and these ultra-stiff rims ran perfectly true through testing. The special brake blocks included work relatively well but fall short of the control you get with an aluminium rim.

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As the spokes use special inserts that are very slightly larger than the holes in the rim it is hard to see how replacement rims could be fitted economically.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Dura-Ace Carbon Wheelset
Brand Shimano

Rims Brand Shimano
Available Colours Black
Material Carbon
Wheel Size 700C
Bike Compatibility Shimano 10spd
Front Hub Brand Shimano
Front Hub Model Dura-Ace
No of Holes (Front) 16
No of Holes (Rear) 20
Rear Hub Brand Shimano
Rear Hub Model Dura-Ace
Rim Type Shallow
Weight (g) 1398
Front Wheel Weight 553
Rear Wheel Weight 745
Rim Size/Diameter 50