2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Aero Wheels

Shimano C50

$2,400, Shimano.com
The draw: Training-tough and race-ready

Even with all the advancements to the braking performance of carbon rims, aluminum rims still put them to shame. Shimano’s Dura-Ace C50 has a deep carbon section bonded to an aluminum rim, giving it some of the aerodynamic benefit of full-blown race wheels and the reliability and control of a training wheel. The brake track is 24mm wide, and ride quality is much smoother than typical training wheels. If you want to get one set of wheels and leave them on your bike year round, these are up to the task of going fast in races and working flawlessly while training.

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