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Shimano WH-RS81 C35 Carbon Laminate Clincher Wheelset
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The Shimano WH-RS81 C35 Carbon Laminate Clincher Wheelset this high performance road racing wheel meets the demands of today's professional and amateur riders. Super light carbon rims with alloy braking surface.
Top Features of the Shimano WH-RS81 C35 Carbon Laminate Clincher Wheelset
- 20.8 mm wide carbon rim with alloy braking surface for improved aerodynamics and increased rigidity for sprinters and TT specialists
- 21 rear and 16 front stainless steel butted and bladed straight pull spokes for optimal balance and rigidity (OPTBAL)
- High lateral rigidity is improved with a wide flange spacing
- Labyrinth double contact sealing - low-friction seals effectively shut out water, mud and dirt without affecting rotational smoothness
- Quick and easy to maintain digital click bearing adjustment
- Polished bearing races reduce friction and provide for smooth rotation
- Cold forged and machined aluminium hub shell and oversized 7075 alloy axle keep the wheel weight to a minimum
- 8, 9, 10 and 11-speed compatible
- 700C clincher compatible
- Supplied with Q/R skewer
- Weight 1631 grams a pair
|Wheel Size:||700c (622)|
This Carbon and alloy clincher rim is both light weight and rigid with the added benefit of maintaining high braking performance with standard brake pads.
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Magazine reviews for Shimano WH-RS81 C35 Carbon Laminate Clincher Wheelset
Review from Bikeradar
Shimano has a reputation for building wheels that last, largely thanks to its use of cup and cone bearings, which, if looked after, seem to go on forever.
On first impressions, the 11-speed-compatible RS81 C35s look to continue this tradition, with their stiff and sturdy mid-depth carbon laminate rims and their cup-and-cone hubs featuring wide flanges to add strength.
The 35mm deep rims are 20.8mm wide. They combine an aluminium braking surface for consistent braking with a top section made from a carbon/aluminium laminate. The bladed spokes attach to slightly bulged areas of the rim, which are designed for extra strength.
While the carbon is there to reduce weight, at 1,706g the RS81s aren't that light, and we didn't find the wheels as snappy to accelerate as we originally expected, indicating that the rims are heavier than we'd presumed.
Having said that, we found that these mid-depth rims do hold their speed well, and in sidewinds they're confident and resist buffeting. The rim construction also adds to the wheels impressive stiffness, as do the wide flanges of the hubs.
This is particularly noticeable on the front wheel, where the spokes originate as close to the fork as we've seen. Shimanos OptBal (optimal balance and rigidity) spoking uses 16 radial spokes on the front and 21 rear straight-pull spokes (14 spokes laced three-cross crossed on the driveside, seven radial on non-driveside), for even spoke tension and long-term durability.
The hubs have Shimanos 'digital click bearing adjustment, making preloading the bearings relatively simple. The aluminium shelled hub holds an oversized axle, and is sealed with labyrinth double contact sealing, which we have found effective even in very poor conditions.
The RS81 C35s are certainly decent wheels, especially if you're looking for one set of wheels to do it all. They're not super light, so lack a slight spring in their step, but once up to speed they hold it well, and we reckon they're a set of wheels that should last for quite a while.
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