Shimano XTR wheels review

Tight, light wheels, but rims need care

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £539.98 RRP | USD $999.99
Shimano XTR Wheels

Our review

Usual superb Shimano hubs in a tight, light package but rims need looking after
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Shimano’s flagship wheels are similar to the less-expensive Deore XT model, but with optimal materials that reduce weight to pro class levels.


For a start the buttressed rim is Scandium alloy with 24 equal-spaced, super tight, but super skinny double-butted spokes threading straight into the hubs. They’re impressively stiff in use and come UST tubeless compatible as standard – they work fine with regular tyres too.. They haven’t got the best reputation for surviving wallops unscathed though.

They’re sensibly trim rather than the lightest around – 700g for the front model and 845g for the rear one. Angular contact bearings support heavy lateral loading and the quick-release skewers are as light, classy and efficient as Shimano skewers have always been. Double-bearing, grease-sleeved seals keep crud out of the hubs and hold grease in.

The hubs are gorgeous however, with the fast pick up from the almost silent running titanium freehub. The fully user serviceable Shimano bearings are superb. Aluminium axles keep weight down and XTR Centerlock rotors are 30g lighter than Deore XT.


Wheel bags are included.

Product Specifications


Name XTR Wheelset
Brand Shimano

Rims Brand Scandium
Description Paired Spokes
No of Holes (Rear) 24
No of Holes (Front) 20
Rear Wheel Weight 845
Rear Spoke Count 24
Front Wheel Weight 700
Front Spoke Count 24
Cassette Titanium Body
Front Wheel Axle Length 100
Available Colours Black/Grey
Brake Compatibility Disc Brake Disc Brake Centre-Lock
Bike Compatibility Shimano 10spd Shimano 8spd Shimano 9spd
Axel Model Oversized Aluminium
Wheel Compatability Shimano 10spd Shimano 8spd Shimano 9spd
Wheel Size 26
Tyre Type clincher tubeless
Material Scandium
Rear Wheel Axle Length 135