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50mm Profile Meets Minimal Drag for Maximum Speed
Designed for high speed racing environments and modern road plus tire widths, the ULTEGRA WH-R8170 C50 TL wheelset shares the same all-carbon rim profile with its pricier DURA-ACE brethren but employs hub compatibility across both Shimano 12 and 11-speed cassettes.
For situations where aerodynamic performance takes top priority, the new ULTEGRA WH-R8170 C50 wheelset features an all-carbon, 21 mm internal, tubeless compatible rim and a super-fast cup and cone bearing hub that is compatible with both 12 and 11-speed cassettes.
With its focus on reduced drag and high stiffness, the WH-R8170-C50 wheelset is ideal for road racing. The high-profile rims make it possible to put more pressure into the corners, so that every bit of power is converted into forward momentum..
While a sophisticated D2 rim design and 50mm deep profile underline a focus on aerodynamic efficiency, the ultralight hubs keep weight to a minimum while greatly enhancing overall wheel stiffness.
The OPTBAL system emplys a 2:1 spoke ratio, resulting in twice as many spokes on the drivetrain side as on the opposite side. The technology counteracts the unbalanced tension caused by increasing cassette widths on the drive side. The OPTBAL construction balances out this spoke tension increasing the spoke lifetime and creating a much stiffer wheel overall.
The result is an extremely lightweight, ultra-stiff performance-driven road racing wheel.
The new Ultegra carbon disc wheel release consisting of the C36, C50, and C60 wheelsets was created to compliment Shimano's new 12-speed groupset but is conveniently reverse-compatible with Shimano's 11-speed as well, providing maximum flexibility across a wider range of drivetrains.
Tire type: tubeless clincher
External width: 28 mm / internal width: 21 mm
Profile height: 50 mm
Brake disc mount: Centerlock
Freewheel body: Shimano HG L / EV (11/12-speed)
Freehub type: Pawl
Bearing: cup and cone (polished, CBN coated)
Seals: contact sealings
Axle spacing: 12 x 100 mm / 12 x 142 mm (thru axle)
Aero spokes (Straightpull, double butted, bladed)
Spoke count: 24 (front + rear)
Front spoke pattern: double crossed
Rear spoke pattern: OPTBAL (left radial / right double crossed)
Rim construction: carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP, painted)
Hubs, axles, quick releases: aluminium (anodized)
Spokes: stainless steel
11 and 12-speed compatible
Compatibility: cassette: CS-R9200-12, CS-R8100-12, CS-R8000-11, CS-HG800-11
Weight: 1564g (wheelset)
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Biggest improvement I've experience with a carbon wheel.
I was a bit skeptical about these wheels, glad I was wrong. Biggest difference I've experienced upgrading to carbon wheels on a bike. They immediately felt much lighter and faster, and for some reason, more comfortable with bumpy roads (this one may be placebo). Where it shines is at higher speeds, you feel more speed for the same power. Only downside I see is you can't upgrade the free hub to XD, AFAIK.
Money well spent, very happy with purchase.
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Near Birmingham, AL
I absolutely love my Shimano WH-R8170 C50-TL Ultegra Carbon Wheels
I love my Shimano WH-8170 C50 Ultegra Wheels. The all black stealth color of carbon and decals looks sexy. Fellow cyclists admire how good my wheels look. But it's not just aesthetics. The wheels are and feel stiff, light, and super smooth. The rear hub is quiet, and the cup-and-cone bearings run so smooth that feel like ceramic. Spokes are bladed but thin. I decided to fit tubeless Contis at low pressure and my rides are most comfortable while road resistance is minimum. My 50 width performs great when cutting through headwind and in group rides, while not affecting much my steering during crosswinds. Also important, this wheelset is remarkably affordable. It is cheaper than other non-brand carbon sets. I was glad BTD had it in stock as soon as they came out in the US market, their price was better than other stores (and I could earn points for future purchases), shipping was fast and trackable, and arrived perfectly in its original packaging. Love them.
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