Shimano RS20 road wheelset review

Well priced mid-weights

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
£224.98 RRP
Shimano RS20 wheelset

Our review

Tough, impressively tight and well priced mid-weight wheel if you look after the bearings
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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.

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name RS20 Wheelset (11)
Brand Shimano

Features • These RS20 clincher wheels offer excellent quality and durability at a competitive price • 24 mm high profile aluminium rim for improved aero dynamics • Stainless steel butted and bladed straight pull spokes with a 2 cross lacing pattern in the rear improve lateral and torsional (power transmission) rigidity • Elbow-less spokes make for a strong yet compliant wheel • High lateral rigidity is produced with a 3 mm offset asymmetric rim and wide flange spacing • Smooth high polished finish hub shell • The hub uses angular contact bearings designed to cradle the balls giving both radial and lateral support for superior strength and durability in real world riding conditions; they also offer precision bearing adjustment and easy maintenance • Labyrinth and contact sealing - low-friction seals effectively shut out water, mud and dirt without affecting rotational smoothness • 8, 9 and 10-speed compatible • Supplied with Q/R skewers
Rims Model Alloy
Available Colours Black Silver
Weight (g) 1870
Front Wheel Weight 801
Rear Spoke Count 20
Rear Wheel Weight 1069