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That didn’t stop Gewiss from using them for all their road races.
The most famous and devastating victory for Gewiss on their Shamals was the 1994 Flèche Wallonne one-two-three.
The spokes themselves — also designed using NACA curve research — were lenticular in cross section and there were just 16 per wheel in the first-generation Shamal, an impossibly low number for the time.
Campagnolo claimed 1,885g for the tubular Shamal wheelset, which was very respectable for an all-metal construction but certainly not climbing-wheel light.
Moreno Argentin, Giorgio Furlan and Evgeni Berzin simply rode away from a world-class field, cruised up the Mur de Huy twice more and finished over a minute clear of Gianni Bugno in fourth, with Berzin just behind Argentin and Furlan.
In the post-race press conference Ferrari gave nothing away about the team’s alleged EPO use, but he said, infamously, that the drug was no more dangerous than orange juice.
Hence the Shamal can justifiably claim to be the first factory-built aero wheelset.
The recessed spoke nipples were hidden inside the rim.
Often, that is the result of a lack of market information.Between the dropouts of the Gewiss team’s De Rosas, the glinting silver rim became a cutlass with which the Italian team would slice its way to a series of incredible victories in 1994.OK, everybody now knows that the Italian team’s dominance that year wasn’t just down to its new aerodynamic wheel, but the Campagnolo Shamal was much more than a decoy for the first systematic EPO-doping programme in professional cycling.So Campagnolo in 1993 introduced what it called the “forefather of a new generation of wheels aimed at all categories of user”.Campagnolo claimed to be the first cycling manufacturer to use NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) research to create not just a rim profile but an entire wheel whose component parts worked together to penetrate the air more efficiently than anything else available at the time.
It may be that the blue bike will only sell to a person who can pay $1,500 for it out of financial necessity.