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Shimano WH-R501 Wheelset

Item #: WH214B03
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Shimano WH-R501 Wheelset

Shimano WH-R501-A Wheelset

The WH-R501 clincher wheelset is thoroughly designed in all the right places to supply an impressive amount of aerodynamics, resilience, and versatility, while keeping the price point exceptionally friendly. The shallow 24mm rims coupled with the aero bladed spokes, cut through the wind without catching any side winds, while also shaving the extra material used on deeper profiles to reduce rotational weight. The WH-R501’s hub design employs angular contact bearings for longevity and easier maintenance, while the rim wear indicator takes the guess work out of knowing when it’s time for replacement.

Shimano WH-R501-A Wheelset Features:

  • 24mm profile allow wheels for training and everyday riding
  • 20 radial front and 24 cross laced rear spokes
  • Shimano angular contact bearings
  • 8, 9, 10 speed compatible
  • Aero bladed spokes
  • Rim wear indicator allows safe detection of worn rim
  • Spoke Count: Front – 20, Rear – 24
  • Size: 700c
  • Compatibility: Shimano/SRAM 8/9/10 speed
  • Weight: Front - 830g, Rear - 1,090g, Set - 1,920g
  • Includes QR skewers
4.8 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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Winning wheelset at a steal
The order arrived as promised on time, and in good condition.

PROS: Versatile, Ready to Ride, Strong Material and Construction, Even Tension

BEST USES: Serious Racing/Training, Sprinting, Climbing
January 10, 2016
Great inexpensive wheels
Great wheel set for indoor winter and spring cycling. Fit 2004 Trek 5500 and no issues.
March 29, 2017
8 months ago
New market md
Best wheels I've owned
Really good quality wheels. Love them 5 star's for the price 5 stars for the quality. Use them every day on my commute.
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February 16, 2017
8 months ago
So far, so good.
Okay, the R500 wheels set is brand new to me and I've done literally one ride on them, but I'm impressed with the quality and weight of the wheels for the money.
They're replacing an older set of Forte/Performance Titan wheels that I've had for almost 10 years. Those things were $150 for the pair and were excellent for a couple thousand miles before the rear rim started to split.
If I get as much use out of the Shimanos, I will not be disappointed.
Cannondale CAAD8 w/ new R500s.
Cannondale CAAD8 w/ new R500s.
January 25, 2017
9 months ago
Pike Creek, DE
Shimano WH-R501 Wheelset
Great wheelset! Very durable and came true! Works great on my cyclocross bike.
March 30, 2017
7 months ago
Great wheelset, straight & true out of the box
smooth bearings. look great, easy to mount.

PROS: Even Tension, Strong Material and Construction
December 13, 2015
kansas city,mo.
I would buy this product again
Prompt delivery. Arrived before stated date.

PROS: Ready to Ride, Even Tension, Strong Material and Construction

BEST USES: Climbing, Commuting
July 14, 2016
Longmont, CO
A candidate for best deal of year
I was looking for quality wheels that were inexpensive (not to be confused with "cheap"). I wasn't concerned about being a weight weenie since I was outfitting my 21 pound chromoly steel training road bike. And actually these wheels are comparatively lightweight especially considering factors of quality, value & price. Wow!! These wheels fit the bill perfectly. Shimano reliability, improved hub/bearing technology, quality workmanship and attractive design. Noticeably less rolling resistance than my previous wheels. Pleasantly quiet rear hub when coasting. Added bonus: they match my red 1989 Schwinn Circuit road bike perfectly especially with my Michelin Pro 3 Race red sidewalls. In fact these wheels look so good that they inspired me to completely refurbish and detail my bike back to a level that takes advantage of the beauty of the wheels. Now I can't do a ride without getting compliments about the bike and the wheels. I'm ordering a 2nd set to keep on ice for the future because you never know when a deal like this will be back.

PROS: Even Tension, Ready to Ride, Strong Material and Construction, Versatile

BEST USES: Serious Racing/Training, Rain, Climbing, Commuting
December 26, 2015
Altadena, CA
There wheels
They work

PROS: Ready to Ride
June 15, 2016
Pc Fl
Awesome wheelset
Awesome wheelset with a great price point! Replaced my wife's Axis classics with the 501's the ride have improved dramatically

PROS: Lightweight, Versatile, Strong Material and Construction, Even Tension

BEST USES: Great training wheel, Rain, Serious Racing/Training, Climbing, Sprinting, Commuting
July 4, 2016
Tokyo Japan

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I have 27" x 1 1/4" wheels currently and would like to upgrade to these. I think the rear spacing is 126 mm. Is it possible to convert to these wheels?
Chris C on Feb 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, these should fit your bicycle's rear spacing. I use this wheelset on both my 1986 Guerciotti frame as well as my 2006 Ciocc frame - both frames from different era's. If your frame is a modern frame purchased within the last 10-15 years, this wheelset should fit it. The only thing you might need to purchase additionally is a new cassette to fit this hub. I would first purchase this wheelset, then see if your cassette can work with it.
Can this wheel set be used with a 1x11 set up?
Tim S on Apr 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, it won't fit a 11speed cassette. Try the RS010, it's very similar to this model, and about the same price
What spoke wrench fits on these? I have a ParkTool Black wrench (0.127 inch (3.23mm)) and it did not fit.
tehone on Jul 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You need a spoke wrench with a 3.4mm slot. The Topeak DuoSpoke 14G/15G is what I use (the 14G end of the tool) for R500 and R501A wheelset nipples. I believe Topeak's multi-spoke tool may also cover this oddball-ish size. FYI, the wikipedia entry for spoke wrenches has this hard to find info as well (I know because I put it there a while ago :-).
what width 700c tires can this set handle?
Dmb on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You're probably good from 21-35mm rubber. I wouldn't go too much bigger.
Will these accept a 35c tire well?
A shopper on Mar 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Probably not. They are strictly road wheels , they could likely take up to a 27 CM tire
Can these wheels be converted to tubeless?
Andrew N on Jun 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: technically yes with Stan's or another conversion kit. however road tubeless is much trickier than mountain due to the narrow rim profile and the higher pressures plus limited tire selection. these rims are not tubeless ready by design so I would advise not trying to convert to tubeless.
Can you use this on s 1970s Raleigh Super Course. Is there a 6 speed hub cassette? Or can you use the specified hub with an older derailer?
Gold1 P on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No such thing as a 6-speed cassette. Cassettes are 7 speed and up, however if you put an 8 speed cassette on this and and 8 speed chain and you have friction, non-indexed shifters, you should be good to go, with extra gears!
Is this wheelset compatible with a Giant bike, 8 speed?
Pepo on Jul 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, as long as the bike accepts a 700c, rim brake, quick release wheel with 130 rear and 100mm axle spacing.
Are the rims single wall or double wall?
Ron G on Sep 2, 2017
I just baught the below items thinking would fit my current wheel set....and they did not. So I was looking for a budget wheel set to get me rolling. This is my first time doing a full build. Will the bellow items work with this wheel set?



Tim S on Apr 7, 2017

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