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Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 is Tubeless! Fastest-Ever Campy Track Disc Wheel for Italy’s Worlds

Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 new faster lightweight tubeless carbon track disc wheels
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Campagnolo’s latest Ghibli 0.9 carbon disc track wheel is the fastest they’ve ever made, and is set to help Team Italy fight for rainbow jerseys on the velodrome in Glasgow over the next week and a half. The new Ghibli strikes a slimmer profile and relies on trusted CULT ceramic bearings to cut through the wind and spin fast, but it’s the move to tubeless (and away from tubulars) in the pursuit of lower rolling resistance that’s the biggest play for the Italian wheel & component maker…

Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 tubeless carbon track disc wheels

Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 new faster lightweight tubeless carbon track disc wheels, Glasgow World Championships
c. Italian Cycling Federation / Federazione Ciclistica Italiana

After announcing a renewed partnership Campagnolo partnership with the Italian Cycling Federation for Worlds and next year’s Paris Olympics, it was curious to see the focus only on wheels really – track bikes are provided by Pinarello and track drivetrain by Miche. But now I understand why.

The already fast Ghibli Discs – which Victor Campenaerts rode to his Hour Record – get even quicker thanks to a completely revised shape that is narrower overall but much wider at the rim, and of course now tubeless-ready for a setup that Campy says delivers “unprecedented rolling levels in testing, verified on the track by today’s top track riders.”

Tech details

Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 new faster lightweight tubeless carbon track disc wheels, on the velodrome
c. Campagnolo

First off, this is not a copy of the also-tubeless lenticular disc brake Campy Bora Ultra WTO TT Disc wheel in any way. In fact, the new tubeless Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 track disc is wider at the rim. Campy says the 2-Way Fit hooked tubeless carbon wheel is a C21 profile meaning 21mm internal, with a 27.4mm external width at the tire – optimized for 23-28mm tubeless tires. (But their tech sheet lists a huge-for-track 25mm internal, which seems to be in error, as it would mean just 1.2mm width for the rim bead & hook.) In any case, that most recent Bora Ultra WTO TT Disc is still just 19mm internal.

Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 new faster lightweight tubeless carbon track disc wheels, rim detail
c. Campagnolo

The new Ghibli 0.9 does still use a lenticular disc shape – a double S-curve that stays narrow towards the outer edges of the rim, but curves back to a more bulbous shape towards the axle. Campagnolo says this version features a “reduced camber angle”, i.e. lees curve in profile. And of course, you get narrow 100mm front / 120mm rear track spacing, which all add up to the overall “smaller frontal profile” claim.

Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 new faster lightweight tubeless carbon track disc wheels, angled

The “Aerospace grade carbon” shell of the new Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 disc is entirely structural, with Campy describing the Ghibli as “the only wheel in the world constructed without internal support spokes”.

The wheels spin on cup & cone CULT ceramic bearings and bolt-on aluminum axles. Complete wheels (for front or rear) are claimed to weigh just 990g.

Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 – Pricing, options & availability

Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 new faster lightweight tubeless carbon track disc wheels, velodrome racing
c. Italian Cycling Federation / Federazione Ciclistica Italiana

The fastest-ever Campagnolo track disc wheel doesn’t come cheap. The new Campy Ghibli 0.9 is priced from 3418€. And yes that’s for just a front wheel, the rear likely costs a few euros more. Get yours now from your local Campy dealer.

Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 new faster lightweight tubeless carbon track disc wheelset

Well, no one’s probably going to stock a 7k€ track wheelset, so you are gonna have to order it.

Campagnolo Ghibli 0.9 new faster lightweight tubeless carbon track disc wheels, racing in Scotland
c. Italian Cycling Federation / Federazione Ciclistica Italiana

So it seems unlikely you’ll get the new wheels in time to race Worlds if you don’t ride for the Italian national team.

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Frank
Frank
8 months ago

C21 is Vicenza-speak for a crocheted rim with 21mm internal width. The ’25mm’ is surely a mistype.

Johnny
Johnny
8 months ago

Why is the chain tension so loose on that Pinarello? Is there something I’m unaware of regarding the setup?

Dexter
Dexter
8 months ago
Reply to  Johnny

I have the same question. First thought was maybe there’s some oval to that front ring? Second thought is perhaps it accomplishes something similar biomechanically by allowing the legs to slow momentarily through the dead zone and accelerate as power is delivered between 2 and 4 o’clock. Third notion is that perhaps there’s a friction savings having the chain less loaded in total (and possibly through some moments of the pedal stroke as previously hypothesized). I ride fixed, albiet very casually, and prefer slightly more slack than seems proper.

MagnanimousWaffle
MagnanimousWaffle
8 months ago
Reply to  Johnny

Rolling resistance, they are aftert every marginal gain they can get.

Grillis
Grillis
8 months ago
Reply to  Johnny

It appears to just be on display somewhere, not set to ride.

keville
keville
8 months ago
Reply to  Johnny

I think the wheel is just tucked in for display. While a little “track slack” is a good thing, that’s way too slack for actual riding conditions.

tertius_decimus
tertius_decimus
8 months ago
Reply to  keville

That’s normal amount of slack.

WhateverBikes
8 months ago

No it isn’t. If there’s force on the pedal, the top part will be pulled straight, meaning the bottom part will become even more slack. That is most definitely not the right amount of slack.

Ashok Captain
Ashok Captain
8 months ago
Reply to  keville

Agreed.

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
5 months ago
Reply to  Johnny

That’s typical for non-mass start races on the track for less friction

tertius_decimus
tertius_decimus
8 months ago

Yet another ugly bike.

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