Shimano M505 mountain bike wheelset review

Budget hoops

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £135.00 RRP | USD $222.49
Shimano M505 Wheelset

Our review

Good looking, durable V-brake or centre lock disc-ready wheel, but heavy for cross-country use
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The M505 has some neat features for a budget wheel, but it’s ultimately a bit heavy. It does come with free rim tape already fitted, which is a bonus at this price.


The deep rim has machined sidewalls for V-brake use, if you haven’t upgraded to disc brakes, but the centre lock brake rotor mount means you’re restricted to Shimano disc brakes unless you get an adapter.

The rims don’t have eyelets, but that hasn’t created any problems during our testing so far. In fact the rims are still totally round and true despite some very aggressive treatment.

Despite only having 28 spokes it’s a heavy wheel, and we can’t see what advantage having bladed spokes gives as they’re not even noticeable cosmetically.


However, the Shimano quick-release skewers are some of the best around, even at this price, and the adjustable bearings will last for ages if you know how to fettle them.

Product Specifications


Name M505 Wheelset (09)
Brand Shimano

Accessories Supplied With Wheel Q/R Skewer
Wheel Size 26
Brake Compatibility Centre lock disc V-Brakes
Front Wheel Weight 981
No of Holes (Front) 28
No of Holes (Rear) 28
Rear Wheel Weight 1163
Skewers Included No