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  • Aluminum rims feature a versatile 24mm deep and 20.8mm wide profile for great all-around performance; rim wear indicators allow safe detection of worn rim
  • Smooth-spinning hubs feature labrynth seals and angular contact bearings for lasting use; freehub body is 8-, 9- and 10-speed compatible
  • 20/24 aero-bladed stainless-steel spokes are laced radially on the front wheel, 2-cross on the rear wheel
  • Shimano WH-R-501A clincher wheel set comes with quick-release skewers and rim tape; 100mm front and 130mm rear axle spacing
  • Please note: these wheels are compatible with clincher tires and Presta tube valves only; recommended tire width of 19 - 28mm


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Best Use Road Cycling
Wheel Size 700c
Wheel Type Wheel Set
Front Spoke Count 20
Rear Spoke Count 24
Front Axle 9 x 100 mm QR
Rear Axle 10 x 130 mm QR
Hub Brake Design Rim
Rim Material Aluminum
Internal Rim Width 17 millimeters
Kit Includes Rim tape
Weight (Front) 822 / (rear) 1078 grams
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, Sturdy wheel for the money I recently bought a 2012 Bianchi Brava which came with standard Bianchi 28 spoke wheels. So I figured I would upgrade to something better. What an amazing difference these wheels made! For the money, absolutely worth it. Especially if you are like me where you ride intensely every day (or try) but you're not a competitive rider. The bike handles so much better, takes rough patches in the road better, climbs more easily, and overall feels much sturdier. They weigh less then the Bianchi wheels too. Definitely worth the money.
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great basic wheels, wonderful price Years ago when I was a serious racer, I built a couple of sets of lightweight wheels and premium tires I used exclusively for racing, plus a set of less expensive, sturdier wheels with tougher cheaper tires that I used for training. If I were still racing, I would use these wheels for the latter purpose. These wheels seem marginally better than the stock wheels that came with my bicycle, which are 7 years old now. A spoke broke on the rear stock wheel yesterday, which often indicates that the wheel needs to be rebuilt. I had the spoke replaced and will use the original wheels as a backup set. My only problem with these wheels is that they look too nice: they look faster than I am. Something to work on. Only $140 for the set is a great price.
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Commuter Wheel-set I bought this wheel-set to replace the stock wheels on my 2009 Raliegh Clubman. Initially, I wanted to just swap out my tires (Gatorskin 700x25) for wider (Schwalbe 700x32). After purchasing the tires I learned that my current wheel-set rim width was not wide enough at 14 mm so I started looking for new rims. I found these on sale at REI and bought them the next day. The 9-speed SRAM cog set that I had been using previously swapped over without any problems. I have been riding them for about a week now and they are definitely smooth. No creaking sounds and they appear true with no loose spokes. My typical five mile route to work has been a lot less jarring. I would recommend this wheel-set.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lighter than my Stock Wheels Bought it a month ago to replace my stock wheels, much lighter and quicker. currently using for training on my 1st century ride. Paired it with new ultegra cassette, continental gator tyres and kmc chains, smooth ride. I have notice increase cadence and faster on my bike meter paired with speed and cadence sensor.
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like a new bike Glad I bought this wheel set... Best price around and it feels like a new bike
Date published: 2016-07-31
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I have tires that are 700x25 and my components is Ultegra. Will this fit my bike? Thanks

Asked by: Kups
As long as your 700c x 25mm tire is a clincher tire and your Ultegra components are 8, 9 or 10-speed​, the WH-R-501A Wheelset will work.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-13

What is the widest tire you could put on these wheels?

Asked by: MOBIKE
A 700c x 35mm tire is the widest tire recommended for this wheelset.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-08

Would this wheel set work for a single-gear bike?

Asked by: BJean
​This wheelset is not compatible with a single speed bike.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-09

I'm trying to figure out the rear wheel width. In the details it says 130mm, but under the specs its saying 135mm.

Asked by: Kemmer88
The rear axel spacing for the Shimano WH-R-501A Wheelset is 130mm. Thank you for bringing this inaccuracy to our attention. We will update the information on as soon as possible.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-20

I'm resurrecting my 1980 Schwinn Super Le Tour. Due to the scarcity of 27" tires, I'm making the conversion to 700c wheels - not an uncommon move. My question is: will the original 6-speed cassette fit on this wheel?

Asked by: RIbiker
The wheelset is not compatible with a 6-speed cassette.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-23
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