Light and strong, meet lighter and stronger.
The big tech innovation of Shimano's Dura-Ace WH-9000-C24-TL Wheelset is the proprietary Carbon Lamination technology. The rims are extruded and rolled with Shimano's carefully guarded process to bring the aluminum's thickness down from the standard 1-1.3 millimeters to a svelte .6 millimeter.
The Japanese manufacturer then fuses carbon layers onto the aluminum to maintain strength while enjoying maximum weight loss. As you'd imagine, high-stress areas are buttressed with additional layers, so the structural integrity of the lightweight hoops is sound. Though we're not even privy to the process' secrets, the result is apparent: a rim that's stronger and lighter than if it were made from aluminum only.
The final bit of initialism in the wheels' title, TL, indicates that these rims are ready to take advantage of the low-hassle, easy-riding fit of tubeless tires. The wheels come equipped with a quiver full of other Shimano advancements. The rims are offset, to account for uneven stress on drive and non-drive sides, and they're further reinforced with T-nut construction where the spokes are threaded into the rim.
The freehub is made from titanium, so it's lightweight, and it's housed in a wide flange hub that further complements the offset rim's power transfer efficiency. Like all Shimano wheels, the C24-TLs are built around cup-and-cone bearings that resist the stress caused by riding on straightaways as well as the lateral force generated under hard cornering. They roll smoothly through turns and, courtesy of their low inertia, spin up fast while accelerating out of corners.
The Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C24-TL Wheelset can be run with or without tubes. They are 11-speed compatible and can be used with 10-speed cassettes with an additional spacer.
- Proprietary Carbon Lamination technology (aluminum-carbon hybrid)
- Tubeless-ready design
- Titanium freehub, wide flange hub
- Cup-and-cone bearings
- Compatible with 11-speed, 10-speed (with additional spacer) cassettes
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Reviews & Community
Just OK, Better Choices Out There
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The hubs are excellent. The rim, even though tubeless, is outdated with a width of just 20.8mm when the standard today is 23mm. The spoke count is too low for heavier riders. The weight, at 1600g, is a bit high.
One can get custom wheels that are lighter, more reliable, more durable and more modern for about the same price: HED 23mm rims, DT 240 hubs 20h/24h, CX-Rays laced radial front and 2X rear, under 1500g. A better way to spend about $800 (on sale).
How do I figure out if these will fit on a 2006 Cannondale Six13?
Light and Bombproof
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have used both the Dura-Ace and Ultegra wheels. They are both bombproof, stiff, and light. Very easy to setup tubeless.
Can I use a Conti GP4 and tube with this wheelset or do I need a special tire?
Yes. Any standard tire and tube will work. But this is also compatible with tubeless road tires.
Regular clinchers work fine. That's actually all I've used so far.
Hello, I'm wondering if anyone could chime in on some good tubeless tires for these wheels. Thanks!
I put Specialized S-Works tubeless on mine. Very nice.
If you've not read the article below, it's probably a very good starting point.
Panaracer is making GREAT tubeless tires. Typical Japanese attention to every detail
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Not much more needs to be said. You'll be extremely happy with these wheels. Feel free to reach out with questions.
I'm hoping to upgrade my RS30 wheelset with these. The RS30's are 10 speed, will the hub on these 11 speed wheels fit the frame or is the hub wider? Thanks!
11 speed and 10 speed hubs maintain the same overall width. To use these with your 10 speed cassette you would need to use the included spacer.
Can tire sealant be used with these TL wheels?
Does anyone have an answer for that? Tubeless compatible but does running sealant void warranties? Like anyone would run tubeless without sealant...
I have been using the Shimano C24-TL Dura-Ace for two years now and when I bought them first called Shimano to find out how to find sealant that did not contain ammonia and they would not help me. I found Stan's NOTUBES tire sealant in two ounce tubes and Stan's 44mm universal valve with removable valve core a perfect match to setup the wheel for ammonia-free sealant. A tire without sealant will only stay filled for about one hour within the 80-100psi limit area. Sealant is a MUST have but only around one to two ounce is required for each wheel. Cleaning the old sealant out is time consuming but I have put over 15,000 miles on the wheelset and really enjoy the way they roll on the road.
Old question but maybe still relevant reply:
I've used Shimano tubeless rims since 2011 -- the earlier model (forget the number) and, for the past 3 years, the 9000 TL's.
I've never put sealant in them. My LBS did once, without my knowledge, and cleaning the rim was NOT fun.
I run Schwalbe ONE tubeless (23mm) and find that they lose about 10 lbs of inflation OVER NIGHT (not in an hour). Had similar experience with Hutchinson Fusion tubeless but I think the Schwalbe run smoother. I inflate to 90-100 PSI (I weigh 150).
These are excellent rims. I see they're priced at $750 now -- an absolute screaming deal.
Contrary to some other answers here, I have run about 6000 miles of tubeless on these rims, and feel no need to use sealant. You'll be fine for a three hour ride, then will need to fill again next day before riding. Hutch Fus 3 Tubeless. Although these partic tubeless supposedly have higher coeff friction than many tubed tires.