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Shimano R535 wheels? Anyone have an opinion?(6 posts)

Shimano R535 wheels? Anyone have an opinion?Joker
Sep 4, 2001 6:26 PM
Well, I think I might have screwed up. I ordered a pair of the R535 wheels for all the wrong reasonsI admit it, I liked the abnormal spoke pattern. They have yet to arrive but I'm having second thoughts as to whether they are the best thing for me, they are kind of heavy, probably hard to true and probably need some special spoke wrench. Has anyone had any problems or good experiences with these wheels? I thought I might return them when they get here and go for a more traditional open pro ultegra setup. I don't have the $$ for a really nice wheelset, I only spent $240 on these ($300 with a 20% off coupon from nashbar) Any opinions would be appreciated. Thanks!
re: Shimano R535 wheels? Anyone have an opinion?nestorl
Sep 4, 2001 6:40 PM
For the money, I thodn't think you can get anything better. I love them. They are tru work horses. I put about 300 miles a week and I have not had to true them since i bought them in April. They are heavy but very strong. The ride is also very very smooth. They are hard to handle during cross winds, but this is the case with any wheel of this type.

This are not mavic Helium or dura ace, but for 2$40...nothing better. And you do not need a special spoke wrench. Hope this makes you feel better about the purchase :-)
re: Shimano R535 wheels? Anyone have an opinion?CraigVM
Sep 4, 2001 7:41 PM
I have been looking at them via photos myself and since I am about as new to road bikes as one can get, I can't give you any kind of advise based on experience. I would have to say that regarding the "Cool Factor" I think their looks are hard to beat. How did you come about the 20% off coupon as at that price I would be ordering a pair myself.
re: Shimano R535 wheels? I have an opiniondavet
Sep 4, 2001 9:38 PM
I have been running a set of 535's on my Serotta for three months now. They are not a lightweight wheel, nor are they heavy. They are very stiff laterally. I use them for everyday riding and training as well as for centuries. They definitely have a cool factor too. I put them in the same category as standard Rolf Vectors. A good, tough, cool looking everday set of relatively inexpensive wheels.
re: Shimano R535 wheels? Anyone have an opinion?Joker
Sep 5, 2001 7:15 AM
20% coupon came in my email from
re: Shimano R535 wheels? Anyone have an opinion?VictorChan
Sep 6, 2001 8:22 AM
Using a pair now. They came with the bike. So far, very please. Very aero and you can maintain about 20 mph in a stronge headwind. Yeah, they are hard to true. You would need a 3mm wrench though. I had to true them few times when I had them new. After that, they seem to hold well. Have about 400 miles on them.