Shimano RS20 road wheelset review

Well priced mid-weights

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £224.98 RRP | USD $299.99
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.


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.

Product Specifications


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