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Shimano RS81-C24 Carbon Wheelset
Shimano RS81-C24 Carbon Wheelset
Shimano RS81-C24 Carbon Wheelset
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Shimano RS81-C24 Carbon Wheelset

Item #: WH229B00
USD$489.99 SAVE 22% USD$626.99 msrp
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Shimano RS81-C24 Carbon Wheelset

Shimano RS81-C24 Carbon Wheelset

The Shimano WH-RS81 C24 is a brilliant example of trickle down technology at its finest. The carbon lamination/ alloy-construction paired with double butted, straight-pull spokes enhance durability and stiffness for the most efficient transferring of power. The carbon laminate profile keeps weight to a bare minimum, while the alloy brake track offers better braking performance and stopping power than one would get from a carbon brake track. Weighing at a mere 1,520 grams, the minimal weight alone makes the RS81 a sweet climbing wheel. Pair its lightweight with its low profile and power transfer, and you have an even sweeter wheel for pedaling uphill. However, the RS81 doesn’t stop at climbing, and is a reliable, do-it-all wheel that won’t shy away in the sprints or solo attacks.

Features

  • Dura-Ace trickle down technology
  • Proprietary Shimano carbon-alloy construction process
  • Easy maintenance: Digital adjust system; Less QR axial force
  • Shimano angular contact bearings and oversize A7075 alloy axles
  • Offset Rim
  • Carbon Lamination
  • Double Butted Spokes

Specifications

  • Tire Type: Clincher (700C)
  • Spokes: Straight-Pull
  • Spokes Count: Front -16, Rear – 20
  • Valve Compatibility: Presta
  • Brake: Rim, alloy brake track
  • Depth: 24mm
  • Weight: Front – 630g, Rear – 890g, Set – 1,520g
  • Compatibility: 8, 9, 10, and 11-speed compatible
  • Includes: QR skewers, 3.75 nipple wrench (2), low spacer, spacer tag
4.5 / 5.0
17 Reviews
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Love these Wheels
Best bang for your wheel buck. have purchased a total of 4 3sets after i tried out my first set- 3000 miles on my first set and they are flawless fast great climbers and just as importantly great descender. I love the AL brake track as i live in big canyon country and have watched people melt pure carbon wheels from braking heat on big descents. I retired (sold) all my Mavics and DT 240 wheelsets There is nothing to dislike on this wheelset.
December 10, 2016
Purchased
11 months ago
good wheel great service
One of the wheels had a depression in the breaking area that caused issues when breaking. They took care of it immediately by allowing us to ride the wheel and sent a wheel out to replace with a return ticket so we did not have to swap wheel back and forth when it arrived or incur down time. Great customer service from Lee.

PROS: Lightweight, Attractive Design

BEST USES: Upgrade, Road Biking
September 9, 2015
Location:
Atlanta GA
Good budget rims
This is a great wheelset if you're on a budget. Fantastic build and ride quality. Good alternative to Dura-Ace if you can't afford those.

PROS: Attractive Design, Easy To Install, Durable, Lightweight

BEST USES: Upgrade, Casual Riding, Road Biking
March 17, 2016
Location:
Austin,TX
Sorry I purchased these wheels
I replaced a set of Dura Ace C24s that I used for climbing with these wheels, cracked rear rim, and I could not be sorrier. First off, the front wheel has a design defect in that one of the plastic dust covers is integrated into the axle so that it rubs on the outside of the hub creating rolling resistance. There is no way to adjust the pre-load so that it does not rub and not have too much play in the wheel. Shimano was aware of the issue because they put some type of grease between the cap and the hub to try and decrease the friction. The rear wheel does not roll all that well either, no matter how I try and adjust the pre-load. I suspect it has something to do with the freehub as the cassette wobbles when spun up on the stand. My Dura ace did not do this I get it that these are lower end wheels, but still $500 is not chump change.

I will say that Jenson was great as the wheels came to me out of true and they reimbursed me for getting them fixed with no issues. All of the other issues were discovered after owning the wheels for awhile. They mostly now sit in the garage and I ride my aero wheels all the time.
April 10, 2017
Location:
85743
For the price, it's a great upgrade from most stock wheels.
May 8, 2017
Purchased
5 months ago
A Great set of wheels
A great pair of wheels straight out of the box. One minor inconvenience was the rim band on one rim was adjusted wrong so the presta hole was in the wrong location. It was applied very taught so I simply used a punch to make a new hole carefully.
Rides great, perfectly true and I haven't noticed any issues in crosswinds with the flat spokes. I definitely had issues with my Easton SL50's in wind but these are solid.
Happy to find out that changing tubes & mounting tires is a piece of cake . No lever needed.
My local bike shop really complimented Shimanos bearing too.
All in all I really recommend theses wheels and I'm very happy with them m
June 3, 2017
Location:
Cumberland, Maryland
Great Upgrade! Don't look further!
My wife and I each upgraded our wheel sets to these. We couldn't be more pleased. Our first effort was putting them to the roads of Moab,UT. 110 miles and 6,000' of climbing. Wheels stayed true, rolled fast, and are definitely lighter than the stock wheels. Wheels are one of the best upgrades to a bike to make it "new" again (that and fresh bar tape and cables/housings). These wheels are a great balance of price and performance. Just say yes!
March 31, 2017
Purchased
7 months ago
Location:
Twin Falls, Idaho
Great wheels, Great Service
I love these wheels - great combination of stiffness and smooth ride. Tremendous upgrade to the stock wheels. And they were delivered in one day! Instant happiness.
August 17, 2017
Purchased
2 months ago
Excelent Product!
Excellent product, lightweight, good price for the quality of the product,
September 28, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Location:
Miami
Light, strong, spin up fast
Great wheels, especially for the $$.
I run these on a SOMA steel frame, really appreciate the light weight. The hubs connect quickly and roll easily. Have run them 3k miles so far, haven't trued them yet. Great all around wheel, especially climbing, even commuting. They also look sexy on my ride!

Couldn't be happier with these wheels and probably the best $500 I could have spent on my custom build.
September 19, 2017
Location:
San Francisco, CA

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Hi
Can anyone tell me how much noise the hubs make when you are coasting?
A.P. on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The RS81's barely make any noise when coasting. Compared to some hubs they are quiet. Now, mind you, I
do wear hearing aids, but not when riding. In my opinion there's nothing like hearing the sweet sound of
nice road tires on smooth tarmac especially with a bit of 'carbon' noise/hum.
Hope this helps, they are great wheels and do everything well, especially climbing.
GK
Can these wheels run tubeless?
T-bone on Jul 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The RS81-C24 wheel sets that I purchased a couple of years ago are not designed to run tubeless tires. Stan's No Tubes have a conversion kit which is of no interest to me! I do recommend these wheels, they are light weight and priced right for my budget. I have them installed on my two road bikes. Happy rides, Art.
What's the rider weight limit on these wheels?
A shopper on May 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is no rider weight limit published by Shimano.

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