Shimano has possibly produced the ultimate sportive wheel in the C24 tubeless. Light, stiff and strong but plenty comfortable, consistent braking from an alloy rim (also eliminating the need for specific pad compounds), and with a faster-rolling, more puncture-resistant, tubeless tyre you're left wanting for nothing. Especially at under £800. Contact: www.madison.co.uk Tubeless compatible front £369.99/rear £429.99/£799.98 per pair
Good tubeless compatibility
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Shimano's carbon laminate low-profile rim has proved its worth to us in the past, but this excellent all-rounder has recently been refined, and is now tubeless compatible too.
The rim thickness has been slimmed down, saving some weight (826g rear, 632g front, 1,458g pair) while strength and rigidity have been improved with a patented process used to bond the carbon-fibre to the alloy.
The result is an exceptionally pleasing ride that's a cut above other wheels I've used at this price. The lateral rigidity impressed, aided by wide flange spacings and an asymmetric rear rim.
The C24 feels lively, and punchy - more so than you'd expect without a deep rim holding it firm. So far every tubeless tyre has inflated instantly with a standard track pump. Shimano's rim is very user friendly in that regard.
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