Campagnolo’s Shamal wheelset has a long and storied history, first developed more than 20 years ago, and used by the likes of Miguel Indurain in the pro peloton – now the latest version of the aluminium wheelset has been given a wider rim profile to bring it up to date and improve its performance with 25mm and 28mm tyres.
There was a time when if you wanted a new set of wheels, you had two options: you either built them yourself, or you asked a local wheelbuilder to do the job. Either way, that wheelset came together by selecting the rim, spokes and hub individually, but Campagnolo changed that with the Shamal.
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The latest version of the Shamal, the first factory-built aero wheelset when it launched in the 1990s but now with a low-profile design, is dubbed the C17 and the most significant update over the existing C15 version is the internal rim width has grown to 17.3mm. Mavic, by way of comparison, also went for 17mm (ok, there’s 0.3mm difference), with their new Cosmic and Ksyrium carbon clinchers, claiming that provides the ideal interface with a 25mm tyre.