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Shimano WH-RS500 Tubeless Wheelset

ShimanoWH-RS500 Tubeless Wheelset(Return to Product Page)

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Review by Joel

Spokes have left hand threads
by Joel
Cycling Enthusiast

After a flat, soon after I installed these wheels, I needed to re-true the rear wheel. Apparently, after wrestling with the tire to get it mounted, I used a little too much force on the wheel. Anyway, long story short, I went to re-true the wheel and as I turned the nipple in a clockwise direction, (in relation to the spoke) just like every other wheel on this earth, it was only making it more out of true. I had it so far out at that point! That�s when I realized the threads were backwards. After that realization, I got it back to true, in short order. Just something to be aware of.

Reviewed 1/19/2024
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Review by terrybill

Well built, not too heavy
by terrybill
Cycling Enthusiast
Mpls MN
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

As a dinosaur still using 23mm tires it wasn't easy finding rims with a relatively narrow internal width after my two Corsa Lites each pulled a spoke through the rim, admittedly after each had run more that 20,000 miles. I had no interest in going tubeless but these were supposed to be fine using tubes. Mounting a new tire required getting out the Beadjack but that isn't unusual. It was my first flat on the road that had me rethinking my choice. It was a real battle to get a lever under the tire. I've always been able to get one lever in and slide it around to break loose the tire. That wasn't happening on this rainy morning. Long story a bit shorter, when I was home in a warm dry garage, I discovered this tubeless ready rim does a very nice job of seating even the non-tubeless tire bead in the rim. If one takes the time break loose the bead, relativity easy working your way around the rim with a thumb and finger, the rest of the project becomes substantially easier. The wheel itself appears quite well built, only 70g heavier than the "Lite" wheel it replaced (with the tubeless valve removed) with aero spokes but nothing aero about the rim. Still, if it's performance is any better or worse than the rim it replaced I'm not feeling it. I'd buy it again.

Reviewed 9/14/2023
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Review by kevsy

Very Happy With This Wheelset
by kevsy
Cycling Enthusiast
Las Vegas, Nevada
11 of 11 customers found this review helpful.

I got this wheel set after the back wheel on my newer Kestrel bike cracked. These wheels were so superior to the stock wheels, that I decided to buy a second set for my older Kestrel bike. The ride on both bikes has improved markedly. My local bike mechanic was even impressed with the quality. My wife and I ride daily, so these wheel sets were definitely a good investment. Also, delivery was prompt and all my questions as to the technical specifications were answered quickly and clearly.

Reviewed 7/27/2021
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Review by Anonymous

I don't have these wheels but I have the WH-6800's and I have more than 25,000 miles on them!! The wear marks are almost gone so time to get these!!
by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
10 of 10 customers found this review helpful.

I assume that these are pretty much exactly the same as the WH-6800's. They are such a good solid wheel!! The first 15,000 miles I didn't even have to true them but started having a little issue with the wheels coming out of true but I just replaced the 2 spokes that kept getting lose and I haven't had to true them for the last 10,000 miles. I mostly ride mountain roads that are pretty rough, bunny hope over big cracks and huge pot holes, I also ride quite a bit of gravel and these wheels hold up much better than any wheel I've ever had. I mostly run tubeless tires on these wheels and I love that you don't even have to prep them with tubeless tape because the wheel is already sealed. You just need the tubeless valve, tubeless tire, air, and sealant. Oh and I've never broken a spoke, I can't say that about any other wheelset that I've had. If you are on a low budget, these are the wheels to get. I've always wanted to get some nice carbon wheels for racing but I've trained and raced with these on the last 2 bikes I've owned and for me, they're fast enough. I'm not sure how much faster I could go with better wheels but these have done me well.

Reviewed 6/17/2020
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Review by Chris Faino

Reading reviews make me uncertain of their performance.
by Chris Faino
Cycling Enthusiast
Philly , Pa.
4 of 18 customers found this review helpful.

I bought these wheels because they were on sale and I had good experiences with Shimano products.

When reading the reviews, I see mixed ratings. Some say they are great and then some say they had trouble with this wheelset. So what reviewers should I believe. I just got the wheelset so I have no miles in them yet.

All I can say is, they came in great condition, wheels run true and I hope the hubs live up to its name. When installing the tires, they were so hard to get on. I broke a tire lever. I'm running them with a tube so I'm not going tubeless. If I get a flat on the road, I'm worired on how much trouble I'll have getting the old tube out and the new tube back in. On my personal opinion, the front wheel has only 16 spokes. I'm worried how stable it is with just 16 spokes. With the rim shimano in using, it should have about 20 spokes.

Reviewed 1/17/2022
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Review by Tim

Non-removable valve core
by Tim
Cycling Enthusiast
Tucson (The Loop)
1 of 6 customers found this review helpful.

I recently purchased these wheels and the first thing I did was to remove the valve core which I could not do since the valve is slightly larger than a valve core removing tool. Ugh! This means that you cannot inject sealant through the valve. Instead, you have to partially remove the tire and pour in the sealant. Very messy. Then you have to put the tire back on and reseal it. No thanks. I returned the wheels

Reviewed 3/14/2023
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Review by Dan

decent wheels
by Dan
Cycling Enthusiast
San Luis Obispo, CA
9 of 9 customers found this review helpful.

I picked these up to replace a set of DT Swiss wheels that came with the bike; I'm looking to upgrade to a 2x11 setup and my old wheels were not compatible. I would rate them as being about the same; the weights of the two wheelsets were virtually identical. For a rim brake, they work well, as expected. They seem a tad stiffer than my original wheelset. The downside is the bearings don't run nearly as smoothly as the cartridge bearing in the DT Swiss wheels. The rims are great, I'm just not 100% sold on cup and cone bearings (I know, they're supposed to be better for lateral loads and more durable...). I appreciate that the new wheels came with QR skewers, valve stems to run the wheels tubeless (yes, the wheels are tubeless ready), and with two spoke wrenches (each wrench has two ends-one to turn the nipple the the other to hold the bladed spoke).

Reviewed 11/5/2020
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Review by Anonymous

Great value
by Anonymous
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Best value for the money. Good price for the weight. Best bang for the buck for rim brakes.

Reviewed 8/8/2020
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Review by Anonymous

Solid, durable wheels!
by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

I bought this wheelset to replace my Mavic Ksyrium wheelset. After a year of riding with the Mavics, the back wheel became very 'sticky'-it just didn't spin well anymore. I had several technicians service it (clean out the hub, re-lube), but it remained 'sticky'. I also was not very impressed by the durability of the Mavics. I have been riding these Shimano wheels for a few months, and I love them. They may not be the lightest wheelset around, but they are certainly durable (durability is more important to me than weight where I ride, as the pavement has potholes and is uneven in many places). Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase!

Reviewed 7/2/2020
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Review by Jhawker

Excellent wheelset.
by Jhawker
Cycling Enthusiast
7 of 8 customers found this review helpful.

I purchased these wheels because they seemed to be reliable, consistent and reasonably light. I use them with Continental 5000 clinchers and race light inner tubes. It is very flat around here and I ride mostly decent roads and bike trails and have been very happy with them. The tires mounted easily and will hold air for a week's rides. After 500 miles they are rolling straight and true.

Reviewed 4/30/2021
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Review by Anonymous

Nice Wheels!
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Torrance, CA
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

The wheels roll smoothly as expected. The rims are reasonably low inertia. Wish I could get the Fiamme Yellow label sew up rims from the 70's that weighed in at around 200g. I installed Continental 23mm Gatorskin tires. Very tight and I needed to use my Tire Bead Jack to get them on. Very happy with the wheel and tire combination.

Reviewed 11/23/2020
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Review by Wayne

Good wheel set, great price
by Wayne
Cycling Enthusiast
New York State
6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.

I'm a recreational rider and I log about 7,000 miles a year (yeah, I'm retired). I've been riding Ultegra for 12 years (when I switched from MTB to road). These wheels are not crazy light but are durable and very reasonably light. I decided to go tubeless so I got these wheels. I have maybe 1,000 miles on them and I'm loving it.

Reviewed 11/19/2020
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Review by Vortex

I highly recommend these wheels if you're looking to spend under $350.
by Vortex
Competitive Racer
Sacramento, CA
2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

They didn't come true out of the box , but once they are they'll stay there. Getting a tire onto the rim may be difficult since the instructions say not to use a lever. I run these with tubes. I ride these on my race rides and I'm still able to keep up with the pack.

Reviewed 10/7/2020
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Review by old rider

smooth and fast wheels.
by old rider
Cycling Enthusiast
Reeders PA.
1 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

I don't have many miles on them yet, but so far they feel good

Reviewed 6/9/2020
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Review by BR

Great wheels
by BR
Southern US
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Wheels are light and fast- run them tubed- came true and straight

Reviewed 6/28/2019
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Review by frosty

The best wheel value out there
by frosty
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

These are pretty much the best deal out there if you want a slight upgrade from your stock 11 speed wheels. Surprisingly light, tubeless compatibility, smooth hubs, and unquestionable Shimano reliability.

Reviewed 5/13/2019
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Review by Anonymous

Good w11 speed wheels
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Mesa , AZ
10 of 19 customers found this review helpful.

We do road ride every day around 30 miles. Love the rim till it is time to fix a flat. We still use tubes so it is extremely hard to break the bead after it snaps in. You will hear it snap in when you inflate the tire. Need to find a fix for this problem.

Reviewed 2/18/2019
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Review by Anonymous

Really have to get the qr tight.
by Anonymous
2 of 11 customers found this review helpful.

The rear wheel keeps slipping out of the dropouts even though it is cinched down tight. Really have to crank on it to get it to stay put. Besides that really solid tubless training wheels that dont need tape which is a huge plus.

Reviewed 2/14/2019
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Review by Lisa Lipe

Quality sucks!
by Lisa Lipe
Reno Nv
4 of 9 customers found this review helpful.

Both hubs came egged shaped and both wheels out of true by a mile. Took these to a wheel builder to see if it was worth keeping them and he said hell no. The hoops could never be round with these below quality hubs. These have got to be factory seconds as Ive never seen this quality from Shimano.

Reviewed 1/13/2019
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Review by USO

nice wheels
by USO
Cycling Enthusiast
5 of 9 customers found this review helpful.

love shimanos quality and their ball bearings, though the wheels are a bit heavy

Reviewed 1/3/2019
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