You know Shamal?
When Campagnolo introduced the Shamal, it was the shape of things to come, quite literally. The aero-shaped alloy rim would kick-start the development of aero alloy rims, followed by aero carbon rims, which more or less brings us to present day, and Campy’s latest iteration of the Shamal, the Shamal Mille C17. The biggest change here is the wider rim, which adds 2mm internally to let tires sit wider for gains in efficiency and comfort.
The Mille’s different enough from previous generations that the name may well be the only thing in common. The most obvious change is the black finish –it’s not just for looks, though. Underneath the hard-ano surfacing lies Campagnolo’s new spiral-shaped brake track, which offers consistent, incredibly powerful braking, wet or dry.
Inside the wide, carbon fiber hub bodies reside Campy’s ceramic Ultra Smooth Bearings, or USB. They’re not the best-in-class CULT bearings you’ll find in the Bora wheels, but they’re 50% smoother than standard, steel bearings, which translates directly to less work on your part.
- The aero aluminum wheel that started it all
- New rim width increases comfort and rolling efficiency
- Oxidized ceramic brake track improves stopping
- USB ceramic bearings are industrial-grade smooth
- Aluminum spokes boost stiffness without adding grams
- G3 spoke lacing and asymmetrical rims add more stiffness
- Carbon hub bodies for efficient hammering and spinning