I have owned a set of Campagnolo Shamal wheels for over a year now and it is time to do a review. I was looking for a replacement for my Prolite Bracciano wheel set after they developed a habit of blowing the tyre off the rim. I wanted a light set of summer wheels and wanted them to be in keeping with the Campagnolo groupset on my Condor Acciaio.
The first thing to notice its that these are wide rim’d wheels. Once fitted the first thing I need to do was to adjust the brake cable tension to accommodate the width. The Bracciano wheels were very narrow. I installed a set of Continental GP4000s tyres and took the bike out for a spin.
So, how do the Campagnolo Shamal wheels handle? The first thing to notice is the ceramic bearings. The wheels run very smoothly, whilst drawing other riders it means that you might have to scrub the brakes every now and again if the rider in front of you does not have the same level of rolling. Climbing is a joy on the Campagnolo Shamal, they weigh in at a very respectable 1500g and you can tell. On the downhills the wheels do not feel as composed as a heavier set. This is a byproduct of the weight but you soon adjust your riding style to compensate for it.
The one challenge I have had with the Campagnolo Shamal is pot holes. The lacing of the rear wheel is the classic Campag G3 design. This leaves quite a lot of space between spokes and if you flat spot the wheel at this point it is almost impossible to true. I had this problem after hitting a big pothole whilst following another rider. The wheels were only a few days old and I returned them to Campagnolo who were only to happy to replace them. Great customer service!
Would I buy the Campagnolo Shamal again? Absolutely, if you are looking for light summer wheels without forking out for Mavics I would fully recommend them. Don’t have a Campag groupset? Have a look at the Fulcrums… Campag wheels branded for the Shimano and SRAM markets. Simple
Whats in the bike stand: The Condor is in for a bottom bracket replacement. My guide to replacing a Campagnolo bottom bracket coming soon…