We told you so: Shimano's RS80 semi-deep wheel unveiled. Now with pic!

It doesn't look too much like our mockup though

by Dave Atkinson   February 19, 2010  

Shimano RS80 WH-RS80-C50 wheel

Like we said over a week ago, Shimano are launching a new semi-deep RS80 wheel that uses the rim technology of the excellent Dura Ace WH-7850 wheel and an Ultegra rim to bring semi deep performance to the masses. Well, more people.

This time they've properly released it though, with a picture and everything. So we can consign our rather poor mockup from a week back to the scrapbook of road.cc history. Here's the press release we got today:

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Shimano introduces a 50mm deep profile carbon-aluminum composite clincher wheel set with model name WH-RS80-C50. It combines an aerodynamic rim profile and excellent rigidity with the convenience of clincher tire compatibility for everyday riding.

This wheel set features an identical rim technology as DURA-ACE WH-7850-C50-CL, in combination with a set of affordable – but highly reliable - RS (ULTEGRA grade) hubs. These hubs have been developed using SHIMANO’s proven cup and cone bearings that are well appreciated for their great durability and adjustability. WH-RS80-C50 features 16 double butted, bladed, stainless steel spokes in the front and 20 in the rear wheel. Compatible with 8, 9 and 10-speed SHIMANO cassettes. Weight: 1750 gr.

The perfect product for all those riders out there, searching for a deep profile carbon clincher wheel set at an affordable price!

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So there you go. Now we know what the graphics will be like, and exactly how much Shimano say the RS80's will weigh. We're waiting for a word on what that "affordable price" is, and we'll update the story when we know. And, of course, we'll badger the nice people at Shimano for a set... TT season soon!

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Yours looked much better. I reckon they changed the design at the last minute to avoid having to pay licensing fees on your unique spoke lacing pattern.

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posted by sk8ir [20 posts]
19th February 2010 - 14:59

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that is a smart looking wheel, wonder how they'll compare in price to Planet X and American Classic's offerings

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posted by stuke [314 posts]
19th February 2010 - 15:37

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Agree, it is nice looking. May be tempted to bang a set on the felt ar4. Hope the price isnt too painful.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
19th February 2010 - 16:14

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