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Shimano tests prototype wheel with deep section rim at Paris-Nice

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Mar. 12, 2012
  • Updated Mar. 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM EDT

When Rabobank’s Luis León Sanchez crossed the finish line in stage 6 of Paris-Nice ahead of Jens Voigt, something didn’t look quite right. The smile on his face was appropriate, his jersey was fully zipped and his bike was immaculately clean. It was the black hub on his Shimano-equipped Giant that stood out.

Either Sanchez was aboard a wheel from a competing sponsor or he was on something new from Shimano. It turns out it was the latter. Shimano appears to be joining the wider rim trend with a new 50-ish millimeter deep section carbon wheel.

A new, black hub, likely with the usual excellent Shimano internals, is laced to what looks like a more bulbous rim. Shimano, at least on the prototype Sanchez rode, decided to hide the spoke nipples inside the rim.

There is no word yet on weight, cost or availability, but if we hear anything more, we’ll be sure to pass it along. For now, know that it’s good enough to help Sanchez beat Jens Voigt, and that’s a pretty strong result.

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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