Shimano RS10 road wheelset review

Not quite the sum of its parts

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £179.98 RRP | USD $240.33
Shimano RS10 road wheelset

Our review

Good components but they need to be laced together with more care
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The quality of the components in the RS10 wheels is good. The hubs are smooth and easy rolling, and Shimano’s use of angular contact bearings (the bearing races are asymmetric, like a headset’s) and good seals should keep them so. Individually the straight-pull spokes are laterally stiffer than other bladed spokes, as they’re thicker (1.7mm), and Shimano claims a side-to-side stiffness boost from the use of an unusually offset rear rim.


Disappointingly, the build quality could be better: it’s only fair. The front wheel became slightly out of true during testing, and the somewhat uneven spoke tension suggests it would deteriorate further. But it’s a sweet running and not-too-heavy wheelset, requiring only moderate spoke key work to keep in check.

Product Specifications


Name RS10 road wheelset (12)
Brand Shimano

Description Front: weight 850g, spokes 16 radial, bladed, Rear: weight 1160g, spokes 20 two-cross, bladed