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Showing posts with label Tubular. Show all posts

Shimano WH-9000-C24-TU 1100 gram Tubulars

Shimano has just announced that it will be releasing the long rumored Tubular version of the C24 wheelset. The tubular version,WH-9000-C24-TU,  wheelset weighs in at a svelte 1,100 grams. No need to rub your eyes, Yes, that is the claimed weight.

This is, for us, the most interesting of the new 11-speed compatible wheelsets announced by Shimano. Other goodies include the RS-81, basically a WH-9000-C50 wit Ultegra level hubs and a new 105 series full carbon SPD-SL pedals.

From the looks of things, the WH-9000-C24-TU will be a 21 spoke affair on the rear (vs 20 spokes in the clincher). We presume that the front will sport 16 spokes similar to the clincher version.

Even if Shimano is over-optimistic on the weight figures and end up at around 1155grams (5% error margin), these will still be light wheels by any measure.

This is something  hardcore tub climbers or weight weenies will surely look forward to.

And, yes, the graphics have grown on us enough to stop complaining about them.

Sad news in all of this is that these wheels will be released in 2014. At least that gives people time to save up.

Meanwhile, you can check out our reviews on the C50 and C24 here and here.

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TOUR Magazine Epic Tire Test

The folks over at Conti-Online in Germany have archived this epic tire test/review and is available as PDF download.  The test was conducted by the German Cycling magazine TOUR way back September 2007. Old data but still valuable information. 

 TOUR - Resistance Fighters (click to download)

The test criteria includes, but is not limited to, rolling resistance, puncture resistance and grip. This is the most comprehensive Road Cycling Tire test we have ever encountered so far and is definitely worth the download! The folks from TOUR used a special test rig to push each tire to it's absolute limit, culminating in the test rider losing grip! SEMPLANG! 

Image courtesy of Continental

The Continental GP4000s emerged as winner. Based on first hand experience, these tires are quite hard to fault. Light enough for racing, tough enough for touring and training.... more than jack of all trades. 

Clincher honor roll: 

  1. Continental GP 4000s - 1.0
  2. Schwalbe Ultremo - 1.2
  3. Michelin Pro 2 Grip - 1.5
  4. Michelin Pro 2 Race - 1.8
  5. Continental GP 4-Season - 2.0
  6. Schwalbe Stelvio Rain - 2.2
  7. Hutchinson Fusion 2 RoadTubeless - 2.4
  8. Hutchinon Fusion 2 - 3.3
A surprising finding in the test is that top line clinchers are better than the best tubulars. See for yourself! 

So click the link above, read the review and share your thoughts below! 

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