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Shimano WH-RS80-C24 CL Wheelset - Clincher

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Once again, Dura-Ace technology trickles down to Ultegra. In this case, the Ultegra WH-RS80 24mm Carbon Clincher Wheelset gets a solid dose of high-end benefits. Like their more expensive counterparts, these Ultegra wheels get a 24mm carbon/aluminum composite rim to reduce the rim weight. And as you know extra rim weight is easily perceived during acceleration. Here’s a scientific tip: since acceleration can be defined as a change in direction, the rim’s mass is constantly accelerating, even as you ride at a constant speed.

The unique carbon/alloy construction gives you the lightness of full-carbon rims and the durability of alloy rims. However, we believe the greatest benefit comes when you apply the brakes. The aluminum rim wall provides an excellent braking surface for more confidence in wet or dry conditions, and it doesn’t require special pads. The sidewall then tapers to a barely-there aluminum extrusion, co-molded with the carbon fiber layers on the inside surface. In the end you get a very race-worthy set of rims. But, what good would they be without an equally high performance set of hubs.

The Ultegra WH-RS80 Wheels get hubs that feature cold-forged aluminum shells. The forging process makes then strong enough to resist the fiercest sprint and years of riding on broken tarmac. The hub shells house Shimano’s smooth running cup and cone bearings, spinning on oversized steel axles, this being a difference from the Dura-Ace 24mm wheels. Another difference is the titanium freehub on the more expensive Dura-Ace wheels where this rear wheel uses a steel body. The front wheel employs a sleek hub design and carries 16 spokes in a radial pattern. The rear hub has extra-wide flanges, and the rim is offset so the 20 two-cross spokes are aligned equally to the true, plumb center of the wheel. With this design, drive loads are more balanced, with less dependence on the spokes to do the work of maintaining a true wheel.

The Shimano Ultegra WH-RS80 24mm Carbon Clincher Wheelset is compatible with Shimano 8/9/10-speed cassettes as well as with SRAM cassettes.

  • Rim wear indicator strip allows for safe detection of worn rims
  • Oversize 7075 alloy axles resist flex without adding unnecessary weight
  • Shimano angular contact bearings keep wheels spinning smooth
  • Unmatched strength-to-weight ratio allows wheels to perform in nearly any venue
  • 8, 9 & 10-speed compatible freehub body

Tech Specs

Spoke Nipple Material:
Rear Spoke Count:
20 hole RH: butted 92.0/1.8/2.0) bladed, LH: butted (2.0/1.5/2.0) bladed
Rear Hub:
Shimano Ultegra
Brake Compatibility:
rim brake
Spoke Material:
stainless steel
[rim] carbon-alloy composite
Rim Depth:
(front) 24 mm, (rear) 23 mm
Front Hub:
Shimano Ultrgra
Front Spoke Count:
16 hole butted (2.0/1.5/2.0) bladed
Rear Weight:
(skewers not included) 887 g
Front Weight:
(skewers not included in weight) 629 g
Axle Type:
(front) 100 mm, (rear) 9 x 130 mm
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 years
Rim Width:
20.8 mm

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Avg. ride time: 3h 23m per week
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Do you need a rimstrip with these wheels...

Do you need a rimstrip with these wheels (I plan to run them with regular tubes)? If so, what do you recommend?

the wheels need rimstrip, but they come with the rimstrip and can you use regular tube

Avg. ride time: 6m per week
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Great Value

    These are a great alternative to the Dura Ace C24 Tubeless. Nice smooth, quiet hubs, strong rim and sets up tubeless for CX pretty easily with Stans kit. My wife has been running these tubeless for CX with Hutchinson Bulldogs for the last two seasons and they are still smooth and true. I did a race on this setup this summer and loved em. I also have two pairs of Dura Ace Tubeless wheels for road and CX which I love but it's hard to tell if the Dura Ace are any better than the RS80.


    Fabulous Wheels

      I acquired my set used with ~400mi on them and they are still laser-straight. I've been riding rough ped. paths, bunny hopping speed bumps and gutters, without a single issue. The rim is where the magic is as it is straight off the Dura-Ace. The hub is where the compromise is, but they are still far better than my POS Shimano R500s. Not counting full carbon jems, I call these essentially A+ rims with B- hubs.

      Fabulous Wheels

      Bullet Proof

        Shimano makes wheels that last for ever and have a smooth fast ride the whole time and these wheels are the same! Great all around wheel!