Campagnolo Bora Carbon Wheels Get Wider & Lighter, Plus New Braking Surface w/ Shamal Mille
Two of Campagnolo’s longest running wheelsets get improvements to braking surfaces, albeit with different technologies, and the Bora series also gains wider rims and more aerodynamic shapes.
The new Shamal Mille takes their top level alloy wheel and imbues it with a new braking surface treatment that ups the friction for better performance. Called Mille, the treatment permeates the metal of the rim to create a rougher, more durable surface. As a bonus, Mille is compatible with their Red carbon brake pads, so if you choose to train on these and race on carbon wheels (like the Bora!), you won’t have to swap out brake pads every time you swap wheels, saving you time for an extra run to the Porta-Jon before lining up. Wheel and rim detail shots below.
If you’re an all carbon, all the time kinda rider, then the new Bora’s should look pretty good…
**UPDATED WEIGHTS 7/22/14
The Shamal’s are available in Tubular and 2-Way Fit clinchers that work with standard and Road Tubeless tires. Available with both Campy and Shimano/SRAM freehubs.
2015 CAMPAGNOLO BORA WHEELS
Campy’s 3Diamante braking surface was introduced on the Bora Ultra 35 wheels recently, and now it makes it’s way to the 50-series, too. The tech is a special fiber weave construction on the braking surface that’s diamond polished to remove any resin or layup imperfections, leaving a perfectly flat surface of fibers to grab their specifically designed pads.
To improve aerodynamics, the tubular rims were stretched from 20.5mm to 24.2mm. Not only does this allow for a wider tire to be run, which improves traction and comfort, but let them improve the overall system shape to make it faster and stiffer. The wider cross section made it stronger, so they were able to use less material and save weight, too. Win, win, win.
To save even more weight, the front hub was given a smaller profile. On top of all that, they’ve moved to a thinner, water transfer decal process that shaves 15g per rim and looks much cleaner.
They’ve also added Certilogo verification on all of their carbon wheels so consumers can check to make sure the product is authentic and not a knock off.
All models are available in Bright and Dark graphic schemes. Both the One and Ultra series get the new rims and front hubs, the difference being an upgrade to CULT ceramic bearings and carbon shell hubs on the Ultra models.
The Bora wheels are only available as tubulars. Claimed weights for the new models are:
- BORA ULTRA 35 –
1,179 g1,170 g
- BORA ONE 35 –
1,223 g1,215 g
- BORA ULTRA 50 –
1,267 g1,215 g
- BORA ONE 50 –
1,313 g1,265 g