Braking times 1,000.
Campagnolo's Shamal Mille Wheelset may be the most feted aerodynamic aluminum wheelset still on the market today. That's because at its inception in the 1900s, it played a big role in revolutionizing what a rim's cross section could — and should — look like, ushering in the era of aerodynamic wheels. The newest iteration of this venerable line resembles that original model in name only, returning for 2015 with the accumulated advancements of two decades' in Campagnolo's R&D labs with an additional pair of major changes from its most recent predecessor.
The first and most immediately obvious is the dark matte finish. Campagnolo calls this Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation, and — as far as we can tell — it serves two purposes: it looks good and it signals that your wheels feature the new, spiral-grooved brake track, which is what sets these apart from the competition. We should note that, while early reports indicated the Shamal Mille would be compatible with Campagnolo's carbon-specific brake pads, the company has since released special red brake pads for use with the aluminum Shamal Milles only.
The Shamal Milles' brake track bears a distinctly noticeable spiral design that Campy claims reduces braking distances in all conditions, regardless of brake-hampering dampness. The Italian manufacturer also claims that this is the quietest brake system it's ever developed, which is akin to Armani claiming that a newly designed suit is the most well-fitting article to roll off of its tailors' work benches. While we're primarily interested in the improved braking, a quieter operation is the kind of unlooked-for but appreciated perk that the Vicenza-based brand has made its name with.
New features aside, the wheels wouldn't be Shamals without the iconic Mega G3 Geometry, which places an emphasis on perfect spoke tension for efficient, vibration-free rolling, even at speed. Mega G3 also accounts for the different stresses placed on drive- and non-drive spokes, doubling the drive-side spoke count and increasing tension load. This architecture creates a shared load balance for a structural reliability that gives the best power transmission possible.
The wide, carbon hub bodies and oversized aluminum rear hub flange further increase torsional and lateral rigidity. The Shamal Milles use Campy's ceramic Ultra Smooth Bearings (USB) on the front and rear hubs. While they aren't as perfectly efficient as the best-in-the-world CULT bearings on the Bora line, Campagnolo claims that USB are an amazing 50% smoother than standard bearings, which means less energy dissipation as a result of friction.
- Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation finish
- Ceramic USB bearings
- 2:1 spoke lacing
- Wide, carbon fiber hub bodies
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Can you use standard pads with these wheels?
No you must use Campagnolo blue pads. Otherwise the brake surface coating will come off.
Are there other pad offerings for these wheel? I have the blue factory pads and they scream!! on my fronts, I have cleaned them and towed them in but still very very very loud.
Not sure what kind of screaming you're experiencing, but I know the Mavic wheels with Exalith coating sound like a Formula 1 car in the distance --it's a neat sound. Since these new black coatings by Mavic, Hed, and Campy/Fulcrum seem to add texture to the braking surface, one would expect more sound. Anyhow, my guess is that the screaming you hear is the normal sound of those rims.
Actually, I just read the comment below (MIC102441954) and he indicates that pad adjustment will quiet the rims down significantly.
Noticeably better braking
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
All the usual Campy great quality and durability, but this wheel is all about the braking. It is noticeably better. Even in wet. I've used this wheel on dry and moderately wet roads, but no downpours yet. The braking is superb in both. Smooth. Not grabbing. Better than any ordinary aluminum brake track. No wear or discolouration yet but it's not been long. Time will tell. Some pad noise when new on back brake in the form of a high pitch squeal on light braking, but I toed in the back brake and it's hardly ever there now. I have not used anything but the supplied blue pads. The new Mavic anodized sidewall is supposed to be the same treatment, but it has a perpendicular pattern. Guys who ride them tell me the braking on the Mavics is amazing but the are very noisy. Like a high decibel squeal with a whizzing buzz. These are very quiet. They trade increased rim cost by using USB rather than ceramic bearings. But... can you tell? not me. Have a tiny dent from a rock in side of rim, so they are not bullet-proof. Great wheel. Using Conti 4KS 25. with latex tubes and it's smooth yet stiff. Love 'em so far!