Shimano Dura-Ace C24 9100 wheels review

The Dura-Ace aluminium/carbon climbing wheel has excellent credentials for a lower price than you might expect

Shimano Dura-Ace C24 wheels
Cycling Weekly Verdict

So they’re not crazy lightweight and crazy stiff unlike some carbon climbing wheels, but for the money you’re still getting an impressive lack of grams and a good quality product despite the slightly raised front rim joint. In addition, the C24s are far more versatile and certainly not too fragile or expensive to be used all year round.

Reasons to buy
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    Good looking

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    Super-smooth (and adjustable) bearings

Reasons to avoid
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    Rim joint slightly raised when new

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    Narrower than modern wheels

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The Shimano Dura-Ace C24 clinchers have been in Shimano’s range for a while, using the same aluminium and carbon hybrid design but with updated graphics to match the latest iteration of the flagship Dura-Ace groupset, 9100. For that reason the C24s stay relatively cheap, and indeed it’s easy to find them online at well below their SRP of just under a grand, with the 9000 version even cheaper if you can still find them.

As you’d expect of a Dura-Ace level wheel, it’s a high-quality product with some standout bits such as a titanium freehub body and beautifully milled hubs.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.