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2014 Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C24 Carbon Tubular Wheelset

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2014 Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C24 Carbon Tubular Wheelset

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If you have avoided going for some carbon tubular wheels because you have heard horror stories about terrible braking capabilities, then you’ll need to leave you preconceived notions at the door. The Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C24 Carbon Tubular Wheelset offers all the weight-savings advantages you would expect, with the durability and practicality you may always have doubted was possible in a high-end tubular wheel.
Shimano has a strong reputation for being solid and reliable, particularly with their hubs. But perhaps a little of the old-faithful moniker has kept their wheels under-appreciated in recent years of blingy wheel brands emerging. The Dura-Ace WH-9000-C24 Carbon Tubular Wheelset is a bold step towards the sexy for Shimano. With so many professional teams and athletes using Shimano wheels, the company has been able to address real-world results and apply them to their products; the C24 Tubulars are a direct result of a request made by the Shimano-sponsored WorldTour teams who needed a light, reliable climbing wheel. With the WH-9000-C24 Carbon Tubulars, Shimano offers a wheel that provide amazing aerodynamic properties, a rigid ride and a durability that will keep you humming along over the roughest roads for thousands of miles.
Someone somewhere came up with the oddball phrase OptBal 2:1 to describe the spoke lacing of the Dura-Ace 9000 series. What it stands for is “optimal balance” since the 21 spoke rear wheel is laced with fourteen drive-side spokes and seven non-drive side spokes. The drive side is laced in a three-cross pattern, designed to match the hub flange perfectly. The seven non-drive side are then radially-laced, which means that they pull twice as hard versus the drive side spokes. Balancing the tension in this way increases lateral stiffness, which makes this 21-spoke wheel as strong as a 28-spoke wheel. Then with 16 radially laced spokes on the front these are very light and responsive wheels. The nipples are external, which will make any future servicing of them much easier, especially if you’ve just glued on a new tire.
With the WH-9000-C24 Carbon Tubulars you’ll get the benefit of Shimano’s hubs which use the angular contact ball bearings and are designed to roll as smoothly as possible, largely by virtue of the interface with the quick release mechanism. To improve lateral and torsional stiffness, the wheels have an off-set rim wider flange hub construction. The oversized A7075 alloy axles are super stiff, increasing the overall rigidity of the wheels. The more rigid, the more responsive they are going to feel. The freehub body is made from lightweight titanium. Compatible with Shimano and SRAM 11 speed systems, Shimano has also included a thin spacer so the wheels can still run with 10 speed cassettes. All Dura Ace level wheels come with a three-year manufacturer warranty.
The Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C24 Carbon Tubular Wheelset come with a set of Shimano carbon-specific pads, the R55c4 carbon. You are strongly recommended to use only Shimano's own carbon-specific brake pads for Shimano carbon wheels. You’ll get much better braking results, and using any other pads will void the warranty.  
However understated the Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C24 Carbon Tubular Wheelset may appear, Shimano has lavished hundreds of hours of computer modeling, wind tunnel testing and real world testing to be certain that they are releasing the best wheels possible. If you want to splurge a little and treat yourself to a piece of equipment that will enhance and improve every ride, you can hardly do better than to choose the Dura-Ace WH-9000-C24 Carbon Tubulars. 

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