Short of Chris Froome steeling your bike, nothing speeds up your ride like a fast set of wheels. But blowing a paycheck on a new set of hoops can be an impractical proposition – who wants to ride a pricey pair of race rims into the ground? Shimano solves that conundrum with its Dura-Ace C24 Tubeless wheels. By laminating carbon to aluminum, you get the weight and stiffness benefits of composite wheels with the safety of an alloy braking surface, plus the tubeless technology (tires sync directly onto the rim while an auto-sealing fluid prevents most punctures) means you can run them at a lower pressure for a smoother ride. One year and 6,000 miles later, and we've never had to tighten a spoke or change a flat on these bombproof wheels. [$1,400; shimano.com]
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