The light alloy rims come from selected extrusions and are CNC-machined to optimize the mechanical specifications; they are welded rims with a ground braking surface and the spaces between the spokes are lightened by toroidal grinding. The rim is dynamically balanced; in other words the imbalance of the mass as a result of the non-equivalence of weight between joint and valve is compensated by the extension of the toroidal grinding.
Strengths: Rear wheel responsiveness while standing, sprinting, climbing is amazing; like a novelty that never gets old. Excellent brake feel. Stayed true so far after about 3,000 miles and some less than perfect NY roads.
Weaknesses: I'm thinking........none
Campy know what they are doing. These wheels are worth the money as is my Record groupo.
How often do you feel you honestly got value for money? Here's a rare opportunity.
ps---The 2-way fit version have deeper side walls, hence (or maybe, hence) all the whining about getting the tire on. I have no interest in tubeless, so I just got the clincher version and my Vittorias go on with just my fingers.
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2014
Strengths: Stiff, Fast, Strong, Light
These are amazing wheels.. I have had Ksyrium SL, Easton EC90 (crap) and Reynolds DV46. I weigh 205. These wheels spin up fast, climb like a goat, and roll like an aero wheel.. My DV 46 are slightly better at 25-26mph, but the effort to accelerate these Ultras is the least of any wheel i have owned. On descents/braking, again, excellent... They are also very stable... I may have just been riding crap wheels all my riding life and there are lots of wheels out there like this..Just hope not to many folks buy these... :) P.S. The MSRP is NOT $668.. :) more like $1300...well worth it at 1300, but shop around a bit....
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2014
Strengths: Fast, Responsive, Light, Great Ride
My comments are regarding the 2007 Shamal Ultra clinchers. I have logged over 20,000 miles on my set of wheels over the past 6 years on the rural roads of Mid/NorthEast with no issues what so ever and they have rolled over their far share of potholes and chipseal roads. No broken spokes and true as could be. They are by far the fastest set of "all round" wheels that I have owned, great for fast centuries, group ride sprints to the town line, and hill climbing. I will never be a mountain goat hill climber but these wheels have taken me over climbs that I would have died on with other wheel sets. Smooth! What a great ride. I pair the wheels with Vittoria Diamante Pro for a supple every day ride and good flat resistance.
Similar Products Used: Mavic Ksyrium SL S Clincher
Bike Setup: Lynskey Custom Titanium, Campy Chorus Ultra-Drive Groupo, Sele Italia Flite Ti saddle, and of course Campy Shamal Ultra Wheels (Gold)
Date Reviewed: June 22, 2013
Strengths: Great wheels. See response to Fez re. mounting tires.
Weaknesses: None I have found.
Fez...I have always had problems mounting Michelins onto Campy rims. Try Schwalbe. The Ultremo ZX clincher is great for training/racing, and the DD is the ultimate for puncture protection. You can mount either one with your fingers on Shamals.
Date Reviewed: March 10, 2013
Strengths: The Shamals are lightweight and smooth rolling. I have ridden about 4k miles on them and no truing required. Looks aren't bad either. I use them with tubes and have not tried tubeless yet.
Weaknesses: I not sure where the designer rides because it hasn't had the displeasure of tryng to repair a flat. Very dissapointed in Campy. I tried to install a new Michelin Krylion tire at home and it was da.... near impossible to get the tire on the wheel. I have flatted in the summer but I don't recall this much trouble getting the tire on. YOU BETTER HAVE GOOD TIRE WRENCHES, STRONG FINGERS AND ALOT OF PATIENCES...
Great wheel but the circumference must be reduced. The 700x23 tires I've tried are useless on this wheel. You should be able to get the tire on the wheel with your fingers, not possible with the Shamal. If anyone has had success with other tires, please respond.
Yesterday I received a new set of Campagnolo Shamal Ultra Clinchers. I bought the wheelset because of good reviews and it seemed to fit my requirements. The first thing I did was put them on a truing stand and that's when the disappointment set in. The front wheel was not true at all. I' ... Read More »
Hello, I have been thinking about getting a new frame,
and for now, I plan to keep my shamal ultra.
I mainly ride hills, so I would want a lighter frame and no aero-effect is needed.
So of all those great frames, which frame looks best with shamal ultra?
[I mean Design-wise lol]
Thanks in advanceRead More »
Possibly looking for a new wheelset,
Considering Campy Shamal Ultra vs Campy Bullet USB's.
Is there an aero advantage with the bullets ?
Its pretty flat where i ride, few small hills to ride up and desend, some crosswinds at times. So Shamal vs Bullets ?
Any suggestions appreciated.Read More »
I'm trying to install tubeless tires into my new Shamal Ultra's for the first time and seem to be having a problem with air venting out of a small hole in the side of the rim. As you can see below, there seems to be a small 1mm or so hole in the side of the rim. I can't really see do ... Read More »
I have been looking around for the Shamal 2-way fit wheels and am having trouble finding them, anyone know anyone who may have a set (new ones) in stock. Thanks in advance!
BizmanRead More »