Shimano RS20 road wheelset review£224.98

Well priced mid-weights

BikeRadar score3/5

Shimano's second-tier wheelset is a durable bargain for those with the skills for old-skool bearing adjustment. Despite only 16 skinny bladed front spokes, straight-pull lacing and steel axles keep steering tight and obedient.

The 20 rear, direct-pull spokes are laced three-cross into thick hub blocks rather than a conventional flange. The 24mm rim is smoothly rounded, with a neat junction and wear dot. It's asymmetrical, to compensate for the sideways offset caused by the cassette.

The steel freehub stops cassette gouging and runs silently, while Shimano quick-release skewers are super-secure. Overall weight is okay for the cost too, with an enviable strength reputation that our experience has done nothing to undermine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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