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Very Budget wheels

Postby DannyJames » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:38 am

Just wondering if anyone knows if Shimano R501 would be a straight swap with the wheels on my Triban 3? I they might be a good budget upgrade reading reviews, There the same size and accept a 8 speed rear cassette so thinking its all good?

The triban 3 wheels are are not great, The front is rumbling a bit already despite cleaning all the bearings and re greasing etc and i have a Decathlon mountain bike which benefited from a set of Shimano wheels (MT65). I know people like to spend a good chunk on wheels but since I'm a newbie and skint the 501's can be had for £70 and it free's me up a spare rear wheel for the turbo trainer which is currently raping my back tyre :shock:

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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby diamonddog » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:26 pm

Quite heavy wheels the Shimano look at PX AL30 Model B's or C's(C's have a higher spoke count) are good for £150 approx 1650gm without skewers, they are the wheels I have had for a year or so running fine.
Edit: They are 8/9 & 10 speed compatible.

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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby Htron » Mon Aug 19, 2013 13:27 pm

The Shimano R501 are absolutely fine for the money. They are robust and mine are still true after 2000 miles of the worst weather last winter. For £70 they are perfectly functional, although not the lightest.

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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby unixnerd » Mon Aug 19, 2013 13:38 pm

Ebay is your friend. I got some really nice used Ultegra wheels for 110 last year.
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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby diamonddog » Mon Aug 19, 2013 13:38 pm

Htron wrote:The Shimano R501 are absolutely fine for the money. They are robust and mine are still true after 2000 miles of the worst weather last winter. For £70 they are perfectly functional, although not the lightest.

Have to agree for £70 that's a good deal if you're not bothered about weight. :)

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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby smidsy » Mon Aug 19, 2013 13:41 pm

Anything under £100 and they are effectively disposable, worth a punt, you may get years of good use out of them.
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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby keef66 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 13:52 pm

diamonddog wrote:
Htron wrote:The Shimano R501 are absolutely fine for the money. They are robust and mine are still true after 2000 miles of the worst weather last winter. For £70 they are perfectly functional, although not the lightest.

Have to agree for £70 that's a good deal if you're not bothered about weight. :)


I got mine for £63 when Ribble were doing 10% off everything! Winter wheels, so the weight isn't an issue. I like cup and cone bearings for ease of servicing, and the extra spokes are a bit of pothole insurance.

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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby djm501 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 13:54 pm

I got about 5000 miles out of R501s before the rims wore out. I had a few rear spoke issues as I'm a heavy rider (>100 kg). I liked them, go for it I'd say :)

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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby Mettan » Mon Aug 19, 2013 14:18 pm

Havent exactly been a fan of Wiggle's prices over the last 3 or 4 years - however, give them their due - RS11 front wheels - £ 36

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-rs11-cl ... ont-wheel/

I think I'll buy 27 of them :mrgreen:

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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby robklancs » Mon Aug 19, 2013 16:40 pm

They are 1900g, not exactly heavy, light in fact for £70 quid. I'm pretty sure you won't see the difference in ride between a 1900 and 1700 g wheel set.

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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby elderone » Mon Aug 19, 2013 20:37 pm

I use 501,s on my defy4 and they have been great.They were an improvement on the defy wheels and mine are the 30mm one,s.They also weigh less than the defy 4 wheels at 1900g ish.At the price they are a bargain.
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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby DaxPlusPlus » Mon Aug 19, 2013 21:11 pm

Bomber wheels.

Rode my current pair through a monster pothole over the winter. It was my mistake - had to make split second choice between cycle through puddle or go out into road .. made wrong choice as puddle was actually a hidden pothole with an evil edge to it. Got instant double snake bit puncture - dented the rear rim. But both wheels still running good and true.

Over 5000 miles on em so far this year .. probably a couple of thousand last year.

Love em. Looking to replace the front soonish as the rim is wearing out - may go for bladed spokes this time.
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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby DannyJames » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:18 am

Thanks for all the advice sounds like my sort of wheel :D

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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby Hmm » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:58 pm

djm501 wrote:I got about 5000 miles out of R501s before the rims wore out. I had a few rear spoke issues as I'm a heavy rider (>100 kg). I liked them, go for it I'd say :)

What spoke count should I be looking for as I'm also [ahem] slightly heavier than I should be at ~95kgs? I too have a Triban 3 and am looking for a wheel upgrade. The Shimano's are looking like a contender but I just need to know about how many spokes I should be going for.
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Re: Very Budget wheels

Postby smidsy » Tue Aug 20, 2013 15:12 pm

32 spoke minimum, but any amount of spokes will fail if the wheel is poorly built.
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