Shimano WH-RS81 C35-TL Road Wheelset

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Shimano WH-RS81 C35-TL Road Wheelset
Perfect for training or racing, the Shimano WH-RS81 C35-TL road wheelset delivers legendary Shimano quality and performance plus the capacity to run tubeless tires. The RS81 C35-TL feature lightweight, stiff, carbon/aluminum rims that provide the convenience of using standard brake pads. The 35mm rim height provides a nice balance between aerodynamics and handling. Extra wide flange hubs increase lateral rigidity and maximize power transmission while the cold forged, machined aluminum hub shells with oversized 7075 alloy axles keep the weight low.

Furthermore, the stainless steel, double butted, bladed, straight-pull spokes (16 front/21 rear) are lightweight, strong, and aerodynamic. The rear wheel sports Shimano's Opt-Bal 2:1 spoke system which utilizes 14 spokes on the drive side and 7 spokes on the non-drive side. This spoke distribution pattern, in conjunction with the wider flange aluminum hub, equates to optimal spoke tension for enhanced stiffness and strength.
  • Light and stiff carbon/aluminum tubeless rims (carbon structure for rim with aluminum braking surface)
  • Can be run as road tubeless or with a clincher tire/tube set-up
  • Tubeless ready (includes tubeless valve stems plus a rim design that doesn't need rim tape)
  • 35mm rim height
  • Stainless steel, double-butted, bladed spokes for strength and aerodynamics
  • Front wheel has 16 spokes in radial lacing pattern
  • Rear wheel has 21 spokes in 3x drive side/radial non-drive side lacing pattern
  • Rear wheel features Opt-Bal 2:1 spoke system (14 spokes drive side/7 spokes non-drive side) to provide optimal spoke tension for enhanced stiffness and strength
  • Extra wide hub flanges maximize lateral rigidity
  • Sealed cup & cone bearings for smooth performance
  • Quick release front/rear with 130mm rear axle spacing
  • Wear indicators on braking surface
  • Cassette body is Shimano/SRAM 8/9/10/11-speed compatible
  • Hand-assembled for precision and reliability
Shimano WH-RS81 C35-TL Road Wheelset
  • WEIGHT Front: 709g; Rear: 922g; Wheelset: 1631g
  • UPC 689228589605
  • TIRE SIZE 700c
  • TIRE TYPE Road tubeless and Road clincher
  • HUB Shimano aluminum
  • SPACING Front=100mm; Rear=130mm
  • SPOKES Stainless steel, Double-butted, Bladed
  • SPOKE COUNT Front=16; Rear=21
  • LACING PATTERN Front=Radial; Rear=3x drive side/radial non-drive side
  • RIM HEIGHT 35mm
  • RIM WIDTH 20.8mm
  • COMPATIBILITY Shimano/SRAM 8/9/10/11-speed
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED Tubeless valves, Cassette spacer, Spoke wrench
  • Rating 5


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RS81 wheel set

By Wally

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  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Road Biking

    Comments about Shimano WH-RS81 C35-TL Road Wheelset:

    I love these wheels. They are light and smooth.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
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    • No

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