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Shimano WH-M985 XTR Race Wheelset

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Shimano XTR Race Wheelset
Balance and Innovation have long been staples of Shimanos wheel program, and now that trail riders have a dedicated wheelset of their own, the new XTR Race wheels have been rebalanced and refocused specifically to meet the exacting demands of top-level cross-country racers.

Leaner and meaner than ever, these disc-brake-only wheels come with true UST-compatibility in a 19-millimeter-wide, dent-resistant scandium hoop. At just 350 grams per rim, acceleration comes instantly. And for as light as these wheels feel underfoot, thanks to a straight-pull lacing design that uses 24 butted 15-gauge spokes per wheel, they dont flinch under hard, aggressive cornering. And forget about all those “one-race” wheels with their dubious claims of gossamer weight and performance, because this hand-built, sub-1,500-gram wheelset draws on decades of podium-winning experience and is as focused and committed to performing on race day—or on any day—as you are.
  • Super light weight scandium tubeless rim
  • 8/9/10 speed compatible freehub
  • Titanium freehub body with quick engagement
  • Tubeless and tubed tire compatible
  • Stiff oversized aluminum
  • Disc brake only
  • Centerlock rotor mounting system
  • Double contact high quality seals
  • Approximate weight 1476 grams
  • QR hubs include QR skewers

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Shimano WH-M985 XTR Race Wheelset
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Stays true (5)
  • Well built (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (6)
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      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    What a great pair of wheels!

    By WorldTraveler

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Breaking Surface
    • Great Quality Wheels
    • Lightweight
    • Stays True
    • Well Built

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Shimano WH-M985 XTR Race Wheelset:

      I have been riding this XTR wheelset for a week on 2-5 hour rides in the mountains. Mixed terrain, from fire roads, steep drops, rock gardens at high speed. These wheels have impressed me so far. I weigh 215 lbs. and usually ride handbuilts for road and MTB. So far very happy. They feel stiff and light. I am using Maxxis Larsen TT tubeless with them and they roll fast.

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      5.0

      Lightweight and Durable - Def Worth It!

      By RC

      from So Cal

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Stays True
      • Well Built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Shimano WH-M985 XTR Race Wheelset:

        Under 1500 grams, and sold as a XC wheel set - On a 5 3/4" Travel bike these wheels have seen Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Mountain, and 1K+ miles of XC without any issue. True as the day they were removed from the box, durable paint, never a spoke issue...Can't beat the quality! I took my bike in for a tuneup, and told the LBS to replace all the spokes if necessary, and same on bearings. Even though they've been ridden beyond designated use, and hose washed 2x weekly, nothing needed replacement. Nice job Shimano!

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        4.0

        Light wheels with some proprietary parts

        By Ilyam3

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Well Built

        Cons

        • Needs Truing

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Shimano WH-M985 XTR Race Wheelset:

        Good wheelset from Shimano. It is not the lightest and the least expensive but the combination of light weight, good discount on price and smooth hub makes it a good XC set. Love the shimano hubs.

        24 spokes might not be enough for some heavy riders. Hubs can not be reused with other rims. Spokes are special order from Shimano and hard to find to replace and expensive.

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        5.0

        Light, fast, and strong

        By TwoHeadsBrewing

        from Chico, CA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Stays True
        • Well Built

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Shimano WH-M985 XTR Race Wheelset:

        Great all around wheelset, and perfect for race day or even as every day wheels. I mounted up 26x2.4" Specialized Purgatory tires, since that's what I had, but I was skeptical about how they'd feel on the narrow 19mm width. But they were actually just fine, with just a bit of squirm at lower pressures. Ideally I think 2.3" is the max I would go with these. My race day tires are 2.2F/2.1R which worked out perfectly for a super light combination.

        The rear wheel needed to be trued after the first couple rides, but it wasn't far out. I haven't had them trued for months now, and riding 3+ times a week. I had to adjust the bearing pre-load twice, but that's an easy job with a cone wrench and a hex key. I can't really find anything wrong with these except perhaps they're a little spendy, but then again you get what you pay for.

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        5.0

        The Best!!!

        By ed

        from Bergenfield,NJ

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Stays True
        • Well Built

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Shimano WH-M985 XTR Race Wheelset:

          Not only do they look great but they are light and true tubeless. No more carying tubes or messy liquids!!! Just carry a small patch kit for a just in case... Paired them with tubeless continental mountain king up front and race king on back for a great worry free ride!!!

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          5.0

          Downhill strong, Race light, and good lo

          By Hoolie

          from Oakland, Ca

          About Me Competitive Cyclist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Spin Smooth
          • Stays True
          • Ust Tires Mount Easy

          Cons

          • Hubs Not Convertible

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking
          • Xc Enduro Race

          Comments about Shimano WH-M985 XTR Race Wheelset:

          XTR wheels are a step up from my old XT set. Tubeless is So easy, as the rims are sealed, no tape needed. Most tires mount with floor pump. I have ridden 100 hours on these and no truing needed ( 5 Downieville runs too!). Good warranty, light weight, and good looking. I use these as XC wheel set mixed with some downhilling, and they are tough enough!

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          • No

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