Shimano 105 R561 review

These sturdy hoops are low on weight and not too high on price.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £149.90 RRP | USD $399.99
Shimano 105 R561

Our review

Well made, smooth rolling but lack a little handling precision
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These sturdy hoops are low on weight and not too high on price. The rims are well finished, laced up with straight pull, stainless, butted and blade section spokes – 16 at the front and 24 at the rear.


The nipples are at the hub to reduce rotating mass at the outside of the wheel. The bearings are loose ball, making for easy servicing and adjustment, and out of the box they are silky smooth. Although these wheels feel a little springy at times, they are big on compliance and comfort. Acceleration is quick, and if they were a little more precise at higher speeds they would be right up there with the very best in this price range. This aside, they’re really very good wheels at a reasonable price.

Product Specifications


Name 105 R561 Clincher Wheel Set
Brand Shimano

MPN 105R561
Wheel Compatability Shimano 10spd Shimano 8spd Shimano 9spd
Rear Hub Brand Shimano
No of Holes (Rear) 24
No of Holes (Front) 16
Front Wheel Axle Length 100
Front Hub Brand Shimano
Brake Compatibility Caliper
Bike Compatibility Shimano 10spd Shimano 8spd Shimano 9spd SRAM 10spd SRAM 9spd
Wheel Size 700C
Front Spoke Count 16
Tyre Type clincher
Material Aluminium
Available Colours Black Silver
Rims Brand Shimano
Rim Size/Diameter 24
Rear Wheel Weight 1064
Rear Spoke Count 24
Front Wheel Weight 766
Rear Wheel Axle Length 130