They say you can only make a first impression once. Apparently, the engineers at Campagnolo believe you should take the opportunity to say, "I'm fast." They've resurrected the Shamal Ultra racing wheel in a gold-anodized package that looks as flashy as it performs. The Shamal is similar in proportion to Campy's venerable Eurus wheel, one of the finest all-around hoops available, but it's even lighter (1,395 grams per pair), thanks to stunning, oversize carbon hubs. These medium-profile wheels (24.5mm in front for stability and 28.5mm in back for aerodynamics) use Campy's G3 spoke patternthree spokes arranged togetherin the rear for incredible lateral stiffness and power transfer. Few wheels this light and responsive can hold up to the rigors of daily ridingclimbing, sprinting, racing, and training. And that first impression? With this wheel, one is all you need.
Campagnolo Shamal Ultra $1,160 campagnolo.com