Kit Upgrade: Wheels

When it comes to kit upgrades you can’t make a smarter move than a new set of wheels

Posted: 28 April 2011

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Shimano RS30 Wheelset

Type: Aero aluminium clincher
SRP: £219.99
Weight: 1,938g (claimed)
Tyres used: Continental Attack and Force clinchers

Features: These RS30 clincher wheels are said to offer aero performance and excellent quality at a competitive price. This is something that Shimano does very well - taking proven designs, tweaking them to create products that look the part and do exactly what they say on the box. These wheelsets are mass-produced but don't let that put you off.

The Ride: These wheels can take a hammering straight from the box. They are well built, reasonably stiff and roll smoothly on their slightly antiquated angular contact bearings. They seem to be a great all-rounder. Sure, they don't feel particularly springy or exciting but they do feel dependable and offer the same level of aero advantage you might only expect from a wheel that's twice the price.

The only thing that lets them down is their weight; at a shade over 2kg (as we measured them) they certainly don't get off the mark like some of the others. But once up to speed it's all about conserving momentum and this is where these wheels certainly offer some benefit.

Buy them if: You're on a tight budget
Forget them if: You want to maximise your performance


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