Campagnolo reshapes their workhorse road wheels with all-new wider Shamal Carbon DB wheels in a significant shift towards endurance all-road riding. Now also in carbon for the first time for the Shamal family, the new endurance road wheelset clearly opens up to all-roads, including some proper gravel…

Campagnolo Shamal Carbon DB, wide endurance all-road & gravel wheels

2020 Campagnolo Shamal Carbon DB wheels, 21mm wide internal Italian lightweight endurance gravel all-road bike wheelset

Campy has always been all about road racing first, often saying they wouldn’t release a new product until it was race-proven on the World Tour. But this pandemic year has been a good example of how that’s not always really a sustainable approach – there are plenty of us out riding our bikes for fitness & escape, while the pros remain locked out of racing.

And while you could says Campagnolo has been conservative on the road in recent years, even a bit resistant to rapid change in the recent past, this new set of wheels (much like last year’s sub-compact Chorus gruppo) signals a renewed commitment by the Italian drivetrain maker to serving the real needs of real enthusiast cyclists, out riding all the roads for pleasure, not always just about competition…

So the new Shamal Carbon Disc Brake wheels break that cycle a bit, with a jump to a 21mm internal width and a reclassification as an endurance road wheelset. That’s not to say these aren’t going to be a quick set of wheels, just that the move to a wider profile and the improved vibration damping of affordable carbon is clearly about increased rider comfort & control on less than perfect roads.

Shamal Carbon  – Tech Details, Pricing & Availability

2020 Campagnolo Shamal Carbon DB wheels, 21mm wide internal Italian lightweight endurance gravel all-road bike wheelset

The new Campy Shamal Carbon DB wheels feature all new UD carbon rim profiles, with new 21mm internal widths (28.1mm external) and variable depths – 35mm deep upfront & 40mm deep in the rear. They use Campy’s MoMag uninterrupted rim bed, paired with a 2-Way Fit tubeless-ready hookless bead that can be used with any clincher, tubeless-ready, or tubeless tire. Campagnolo says that hooked rim can be used with tires as narrow as 23, but it was designed for best performance with 25mm, 28mm, or 30mm road tires… and also to handle tires “up to 65mm wide”.

What kind of road bike is going to run a 700 x 65mm tires? A gravel bike, that’s what! There aren’t a ton of Campagnolo-equipped gravel bikes out there (I’m testing last summer’s great subcompact Chorus gruppo on a Lynskey, right now), but that might be soon to change?

2020 Campagnolo Shamal Carbon DB wheels, 21mm wide internal Italian lightweight endurance gravel all-road bike wheelset

Now these wheels also come with a new “Campagnolo N3W” freehub body, and are available with Shimano HG or SRAM XDR as well (for an upcharge). It seems that Campy N3W still works with regular Campagnolo 12 speed cassettes (or back to 8 or 9 speed as far as I remember), but the new name & XDR option has us thinking what Campy is up to?

2020 Campagnolo Shamal Carbon DB wheels, 21mm wide internal Italian lightweight endurance gravel all-road bike wheelset

Beyond these curious details, the Shamal Carbon wheels still use Campy’s proven G3 grouped spoke layout, with 24 round double-butted stainless steel spokes & locking alloy nipples per wheel, using 2:1 side-to-side lacing for even disc brake spoke tension. Hubs are forged alloy, with adjustable preload steel cup & cone bearings, alloy axles and 12mm x 100/142 spacing. Bearing upgrade kits will also be available to Campy USB or CULT ceramic bearings to further reduce drag.

Weight limit on the new carbon wheels is 120kg/265lb (bike, rider & gear).

2020 Campagnolo Shamal Carbon DB wheels, 21mm wide internal Italian lightweight endurance gravel all-road bike wheelset
photos c. Campagnolo

The new entirely hand-built, in-house Shamal Carbon DB wheels come in just this one subdued Dark Label water transfer graphics over the fresh-out-of-the-mold carbon. The 1585g claimed carbon wheels sell for $1475 / 1300€, which interestingly enough is 40g more, but the same price as the excellent, but narrower alloy Shamal Ultra DB wheelset that Campy most recently made available two years ago. The new Shamal Carbon DB wheelset is available starting today, but due to some of the major logistics impacts of the global pandemic, some countries may have limited stock or delays.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Campy should just hop on the bandwagon and get on with a 1x gruppo that isn’t allergic to dirt like their 2x groups. That would be something.

  2. 21mm inside feels like table stakes for a road wheel at this point, but isn’t really current gravel-wise.
    All is forgiven if they come out with a 12s mechanical gravel group. (But unforgiven and then some if they insist on yet another freehub standard.)

  3. The freehub body is a new “forward compatible” version of the same body, it’s shorter which I think is there to allow for a potentially smaller than 11t highest gear in the future, bit also has an adaptor to make it compatible with existing and previous cassettes. It’s a great concept I think, and we’ll continue to mean that new Campag wheels can still be used with older Campag groupsets (as opposed to coming out with a new spline standard every 10 minutes, naming no names).

    https://www.campagnolo.com/AU/en/next_3_ways

  4. Worst group ever owned ? Campagnolo 12V. Campagnolo is just hype that appeals to (deleted). Seeing a Specialized with Campagnolo is just a punch in the guts the same way my Colnago C64 briefly had Shimano on it. Shame on me for having replaced Shimano with Campagnolo…

      • They’re just overpriced and old school. Unless you go electric the two finger action is the most unnatural thing ever. You basically have to move the whole hand in order to use your thumb. The only good thing ? Ergonomics,that’s it.

        • @Andrew: Are you joking? Campy makes the finest shifting group set available (I’m talking mechanical, haven’t tried EPS). Even a friend of mine who is a huge Shimano fanboy and works at a top end bike shop admitted the mechanical Super Record shifts noticeable better than the mechanical Dura Ace.

          As soon as Campy will release gravel group set I will replace it with my Sram group set for sure. (The Shimano GRX is a joke with the floppy brake levers for off road riding, that’s only good for long straight gravel roads, not for including some techy XC sections into your gravel route.)

        • That hasn’t been my experience and I have ridden all three of the majors as gruppos in the last few years on road or cyclocross frames. Things obviously change generation to generation, but my over generalization is: Campy for me has great lever and shifter ergonomics (I like the one lever, one action approach), is long lasting, with solid shifting and it’s sturdy. Chorus has been my favorite of all time on one of my road bikes because the levers work well and the groupset is just solid and dependable. Plus Campagnolo road wheels are just very well made. Shimano (have had both Dura Ace and Ultegra) – smooth shifting, best front derailleur shifting hands down, pretty long lasting and generally very nice ergonomics. Honestly, Dura Ace is probably the best performing mechanical group I have ever ridden but the levers are a touch below Campagnolo for me and a little less durable overall. SRAM – light, nice mechanical rear shifting and great 1x. Front shifting on my set-up was pretty poor but that was a rival group so hard to compare with RED. Double tap is pretty easy to get used too and works well – can’t speak for the latest eTAP but SRAM seems to have the best electronic groups now. I have had to replace SRAM parts a little more frequently then the other two. Again, hard to compare since there are so many changes year to year but that’s my overall view based on personal experience on my own bikes plus riding some friends setups.

  5. My Campy Chorus 12 rim brake gruppo had its first foray in gravel this past Friday.

    Flawless shifting, no dropped chains, excellent braking paired with Velo Orange’s Grand Cru brakes.

    Granted this was Loudoun County gravel but there was plenty of wash board descents and fast flat sections to put it to the test.

    Not everything needs to be 1x, disc brakes, and 45mm tires for gravel. Fire and forest service roads? Sure I can see the benefit but everyone’s needs are different.
    There’s no sense in knocking a company that’s releasing products that you likely wouldn’t be buying anyway.

    Unless it’s truly a bad design- then it’s appropriate to critique.

  6. The 12 speed Campy drivetrain is probably the finest I’ve ever used. I love it and love the look as well. Rocking a SR/Chorus mix on my CX/gravel bike. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the 1X arena for these guys. Given the patents released I can’t imagine it’s too far off.

  7. So basically Campy just didn’t meet your personal preference.

    I don’t have any issues at all pushing the thumb lever on my Campy group, and I didn’t have any issues doing as much with the Campy group before it.

    As for overpriced, maybe they are, and maybe they aren’t. I used my previous Campy group for 15 years without issue. I’d say the money I paid then was absolutly justified. I expect the same out of this group. As for for old school, I’m not sure what that means. My Campy groups have always shifted fast and reliably; have had perfect ergonomics for me; and they’ve been plenty durable. What more could I want out of a component group?

  8. Does this mean Campy will finally release a 1x gravel group set with clutch derailleur (combined with hydraulic discs of course)? If so, that will be a dream set up becoming reality! Really hoping for this, I don’t even care how I will have to explain the money missing to the wife!

    • Apparently you’re not aware that Campagnolo’s official blog is called “Campy World”. You might also note that Campangolo’s phone app is called “My Campy”. Apparently, Campagnolo is just fine with the nickname, “Campy”.

      Your eloquent comment is duly noted though.

    • @Blah, As other readers have already chimed in, you are incorrect. Campagnolo fully embraces the term Campy as a familiar form of their name, uses it in official communication, and even names some products as Campy… like their prototype development Campy Tech Lab. Feel free to use the full Campagnolo name, but you are now officially authorized to affectionately shorten it as well, if you wish!

  9. At the same time Campagnolo deleted the Potenz from their website. Does that mean a new 12 speed Potenza is near to come ?

  10. if Gentullio Campagnolo was still alive today there is no way he would allow his name to be bastardized to accommodate for people to lazy to learn to speak or write correctly

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