Shimano WH-M765 XT review

Shimano has never been afraid to chuck out the rulebook, and this XT wheelset inherits all the tricks used in the top line 965 XTR high rollers. This means its unique rim design with spokes hooked into the sidewalls, which it reckons creates...

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £372.00 RRP | USD $526.38
Shimano WH-M765 XT

Our review

Responsive feel and great hubs but design is damage prone
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Shimano has never been afraid to chuck out the rulebook, and this XT wheelset inherits all the tricks used in the top line 965 XTR high rollers. This means its unique rim design with spokes hooked into the sidewalls, which it reckons creates a laterally stiffer wheel. It certainly feels pretty stiff, but rules out rim brakes. The medium width rim gets swamped by tyres over 2.3in too, although it is fully UST tubeless compatible.

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The spokes are arranged into pairs, which cross over then insert into opposing sides of the rim. The Big S says this increases strength, but it also leaves big gaps for sticks, and our long term test sets have suffered several spoke losses cos of it. Yet having the nipples at the centre of the wheel definitely makes them feel more responsive than the weight suggest. The XT’s score on hub quality, with the well sealed and serviceable cup and cone bearings, and the freehubs are super durable too, the supplied QRs are securely positive, and the price is good.

Product Specifications

Product

Name XT Wheelset
Brand Shimano

Rims Brand Shimano
Available Colours Black
Material Aluminium Stainless Steel
Weight (g) 1702
Tyre Type clincher tubeless
Wheel Size 26
Bike Compatibility Shimano 10spd Shimano 8spd Shimano 9spd SRAM 10spd SRAM 9spd
Front Hub Model Shimano XT
Front Spoke Count 24
Front Wheel Axle Length 100
No of Holes (Front) 24
No of Holes (Rear) 24
Rear Hub Model Shimano XT
Rear Spoke Count 24
Rear Wheel Axle Length 135