Item # SHI0629
Shimano C35 Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher $1,892.99
Speed meets stability.
If you've been doing your homework, you'll have noticed that Shimano's 2013 Dura-Ace wheel lineup is sharing technology across the board. With a few exceptions made for layup variance, only one question really remains -- what rim depth do you want? If your answer hinges on a stable, aerodynamic ride quality, more so than an arbitrary numerical designation, then the Shimano C35 Carbon Clincher Wheelset is for you.
Shimano's Dura-Ace 9000 C35 wheelset epitomizes the illustrious reputation of the Dura-Ace title. With the C35, the weight of the wheels is centered at the hubs. This means that the rim weight is reduced, and thus the rotational weight is decreased. The beneficial results are staggering. Coupled with the aerodynamic 35mm rim depth, you have a wheelset that gets up to speed faster, and requires less rider effort to pin it and hold it. The centering is made possible by a clever Shimano design that's principled in the use of Shimano's angular contact bearings. The bearings' shape allows them to be pushed as far outboard as possible. This makes the hub a wider platform for the spokes to stand on, and accordingly, it makes the wheels capable of higher spoke tensions for a more compliant ride quality. Most importantly, though, the C35 features Shimano's widest hub flanges ever. The wider distance between flanges drastically increases torsional and lateral rigidity -- think about the difference between someone pushing you with your feet together, and then again with your feet shoulder-width apart. Simply put, this design guarantees an effective power transfer so that your wheels put out as much as you're putting in.
Not surprisingly, Shimano hasn't stopped there. New to Dura-Ace 9000, the wheels receive Shimano's OptBal 2:1 lacing pattern. In typical Shimano fashion, this system engineers off of the obvious, yet previously unchallenged, physics of wheel stress. When examining spoke pull at the rear wheel, you'll notice that, under load, the non-drive-side spokes pull twice as hard against the drive-side spokes. So, Shimano changed the ratio of spokes between the sides. Now, the rear drive-side features 21, three-cross stainless steel spokes, while the non-drive-side has 7 radial laced spokes. This shift in the spoke ratio creates a perfect balance while force is being applied. Additionally, the wheels still use just as many driving spokes as a 28 hole wheel, only with greater efficiency, balance, and weight savings. And to further support this new system, the C35 makes use of an offset rim. This reduces the severity of the spoke angle on the drive-side, and accordingly, it increases the lateral rigidity, while creating a greater uniformity of tension at every point of the spoke.
For even further efficiency, the C35 wheelset uses ultra-stiff, oversized A7075 alloy axles, and a quick-engaging titanium freehub body. Every wheel is 100% hand-built, and features Shimano's own carbon laminate construction. For braking, the wheels feature an aluminum brake track for a predictable stopping power that won't overheat the rim. Altogether, each component of the wheel has been designed as a symbiotic system for the ultimate in aerodynamics, efficiency, and pure speed.
The Shimano C35 Carbon Clincher Wheelset is available in one size and in the color Black. Please note that the C35's titanium freehub body is compatible with the new Dura-Ace 9000 11-speed cassette.
- 100% hand-built with Shimano's own carbon laminate construction
- Aerodynamic 35mm rim depth
- Shimano’s angular contact bearings
- Wide hub flanges
- OptBal 2:1 spoke lacing pattern
- Offset rim
- Aluminum brake track
- C35's titanium freehub body compatible with Dura-Ace 9000 11-speed cassette
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Reviews & Community
Outdated, Overpriced and Unnecessary
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Outdated because wider rims (23-25mm) have been the trend since HED introduced them over ten years ago! Overpriced because I can get a wheel built with the same hubs using an A Force 33 or Kinlin rim about the same depth. Unnecessary because it is between the now-common 30mm alloy wheel and a lower-tier 45mm carbon wheel. It does have Shimano's quality hubs and quality build. Even Shimano makes better choices than this wheelset.
I have a Gan 105, do you know if these wheels will work with my 105 group set?
Yes, these wheels are compatible with your bike.
Can you confirm that this wheel is compatible with cantilever style rim breaks? Thanks!
Do people see a difference in stiffness between the C35 and the C24 wheel?
is it possible to remove the decals on these wheels?
It seems like the decals are under the clear coat....so no.
I don't think so. The RS81 C35's I had, the decals were clear coated over. No way to remove 'em that I know of.
Great all-around wheels
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've put about 2,000 miles on my pair - they work great with 25c Pro4s for me. If they were perfect, the rim would a smidgen wider, but I suspect that will be next. I'm about 175 lbs.
What is the rider weight limit on these rims? I see no one answered the same question below. This is good to know as some company's who make these things such as Mavic and Campy specify that their products are not guaranteed to hold up for those weighing over 180 lbs. I wouldn't want to throw 2 or 3k at a toy that's going to break as soon as I go to play with it. Thanks.
Shimano does not have a limit listed. I used the c35 when my rider weight was as high as 250 and never had an issue of any kind. I'm now down to under 220 and have a lot of miles on them. Excellent wheels.
I used a set of c35's at ~220 pounds, and never had any trouble with them. Very strong wheelset, and if course they're Shimano, so they're always over built.
What is the rider weight limit on...
What is the rider weight limit on these?
There isn't one. I'm about 240 and they're great.
Is this product description accurate in...
Is this product description accurate in the reference to the 23MM (front) AND 24MM (rear) wheel widths? This seems like it's referencing the C50s. All other specs I can find on the 9000 C35 speak to having a 20.9MM rim width. Thanks for the help!
I've read that the wider rim is specific to the C50. Lots of websites have incorrect specs on these wheels concerning spoke count (many say 20 in the rear, not 21) and many say wider rim for the C35.
Only the C50 gets the wider rim. 21 rear spokes (2:1 lacing) was a mid-generation revision.