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The Dura-Ace name demands reverence. The hard-earned kind, that sort that is kindled in the heat of the Peloton as the world's greatest riders snake their way up punishing mountain passes, attack switchback descents with unmatched speed and precision, and hammer it out in the flats with a strength harnessed by few and envied by many. Dura-Ace is the pinnacle of the Shimano road line, and it's no wonder that it's right at home in the stables of multiple pro-tour teams.
The WH-9000 Carbon Tubular Wheelset represents all that victories are made of. From the smooth running Dura-Ace 9000 hubs to the impeccable D2 rims, The Shimano WH-9000 wheels offer an unparalleled level of performance that surpasses the demands of even the most scrutinizing cyclist.
The Dura-Ace WH-9000 Carbon Tubular offerings are available in four distinct rim depths that allow you to tailor your wheel choice according to your riding style. The 24mm version is Shimano's ultralight race option and is purpose-built for efficiency when climbing and all- around stellar lightweight performance sure to please the weight weenies in the crowd. The 35mm is a practical middle ground between the 24mm and 50mm and takes on some of the best characteristics of each. Offering better aerodynamics than the 24mm, yet less weight than the 50mm, the 35mm is a great choice for rides that demand agility in the climbs and aero power in the descents and windy straightaways. Hard-nosed, crit racing, speed junkies should look to the 50mm to get their fix of blazing aero goodness. The 50mm's deep aero profile is built for speed and helps you cut through the pack with surgical precision. Lastly, the deepest of the bunch, the 75mm option is purebred for aerodynamic nirvana. For less technical road races with minimal elevation gain, long time trials, and triathlons, the 75mm version would be the ideal wheel choice.
Shimano's lust-worthy 9000 series hubs boast a buttery smooth spin quality based on Shimano's cup and cone design. The cup and cone ball-bearing design is easy to maintain and offers some the best road hub performance around. Shimano revised the seals for this generation of the Dura-Ace hub, improving performance and increasing durability, so you won't need to worry about your wheels acting up mid race and can focus on the task at hand—destroying the competition. Naturally, Dura-Ace 9000 hubs are 11 speed compatible out of the box and play friendly with the latest in Shimano drivetrain technology, further ensuring you're riding the best the industry has to offer, and maximizing your performance potential. 10 speed cassettes are also compatible with optional freehub spacer. Dura-Ace freehub bodies feature 100% titanium construction that boasts long term durability and weight savings.
Another unique feature of the WH-9000 wheelset is Shimano's OptiBal rear spoke lacing. The C35, C50, and C75 versions get the OptiBal treatment, while the C24 remains radial laced. OptiBal features two spokes on the right side for every one spoke on the left. 21 spokes (14 drive side, 7 non-drive), work to even out tension between the left and right side of the rear wheel. On traditional road wheels, spoke tension on the non-drive side is significantly lower than the drive side and much tension is needed on the drive side to keep the wheel balanced. This formula can lead to spoke breakage on the non-drive side. OptiBal seeks to correct this imbalance and produces a better ride feel, better wheel tension, and optimal stiffness.
Last, but definitely not least is the D2 rim. On the more aero C50 and C75, Shimano widened the rim to 24mm and deepened the tire bed on this most recent version of the Dura Ace 9000 wheel. The wider rim profile optimizes performance and decreases rolling resistance, especially when using wider road tires in the 25-27c range. Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000 wheels come with their blue carbon brake pads for maximum braking performance on the carbon brake track in both wet and dry conditions.
With the Dura Ace 9000 wheels, you'll be more confident in downhills, braking less and more predictably, and ultimately maximizing your overall efficiency. The D2 rim has been given a new improved aero profile in the 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm versions to help negate the effects of crosswinds and keep you rolling straight ahead, toward the finish line.