Shimano XT AM mountain bike wheelset review

All-mountain wheels

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £389.98 RRP | USD $600.68
Shimano XT wheelset

Our review

Impressively tough for the weight, but hubs need TLC to fulfil their potential
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Shimano’s XT wheels have been around for a while. The rims are Shimano’s unique design, and use reinforcing pontoons for the red anodised spoke nipples. They’re pretty much bombproof, and at 27mm wide they’ll handle reasonably big tyres fine.


They’re tubeless compatible too. Most importantly, they’re impressively strong and despite only having 24 spokes, every set we’ve tried has stayed straight despite serious beatings. The straight-pull plain gauge spokes mean they steer okay and the freehub picks up quickly under power.


The cup-and-cone hubs need regular checking and regreasing to keep them sweet though. They only come in a 20mm front/quick-release rear Center Lock rotor version, although six-bolt adaptors are available.

Product Specifications


Name M776 XT wheelset (10)
Brand Shimano

Weight (g) 2054
Brake Compatibility Centre lock disc
Front Rim Profile 27
Front Wheel Weight 975
No of Holes (Front) 24
No of Holes (Rear) 24
Rear Rim Profile 27
Rear Wheel Weight 1079