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Shimano R501 Wheels

Shimano R501 Wheels
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Pair Shimano R501 factory wheels
Code: SHIMANO-R501
    • Economical price point
    • 8, 9 & 10-speed compatible
    • Stainless Steel Spokes
    • Weight: 1884g (pair)
    • Super price for a pair of factory wheels  
    • Upgraded version of the R500 with a new R501 hub (the rim is still R500)




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on 23/01/2014

Just add cassette, tubes and tyres, everything else is in the box. Tyres are easy to fit so it should make it easier to fix that puncture you get on the road.

on 21/01/2014

Great value for money, a cracking winter / cross training tyre... easy to maintain.... you cannot get better value for money.

on 17/01/2014

I''ve bought a few pairs of these now for use mainly in the winter on mine and the boy's bikes. They represent really good value for money and seem virtually bullet proof. As they get used through the worst of the winter they see a fair amount of abuse but seem to stay true and get the job done. At the price point they are never going to be the lightest of wheels but that makes them ideal for training. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them

on 27/11/2013

Ordered so that I could mothball my handbuilt wheels for the winter months.

Excellent value for money.

Obviously feel slightly "heavy" compared to my main wheelset but still free running and stiff.

Have the benefit of being easily servicable.

Was a bit confused as the rims still bear the R500 decals. Appears from the Merlin details that these have an upgraded R501 hub but stiill have the 500 rims.

on 02/11/2013

Excellent "every day" wheels. Not the lightest, but smooth running and true. Quite small diameter rims - easy to fit tyres without tools.

on 26/10/2013

A sturdy set of winter wheels. Functionality plus.

on 11/09/2013

Great upgrade from my original, looks awesome too! A bit heavier then most high end wheels like Ultegra or Dura ace, but very good rotating mass and stable on long straights. Overall I was very happy for the price and value!

on 03/09/2013

Great value for the price!
PROS: Mid weight wheel, bladed spokes. Good looking.
CONS: Single eyelet not double.

Built well enough, though one of mine had an extra spoke nipple sliding around inside the rim, I had to take a spoke out to remove it. Not a big deal, but might speak to the difference between hand and machine built wheels a little.

on 05/06/2013

Bought these to replace some rimes on an ancient Raleigh Hybrid that a had good Shimano Parrallax hub but nasty single wall rims that were getting well scored after thousands of miles.
First though, tried them on my cheapo road bike with some light Michelin Pro 4 slicks. Again so much better than the vile single wall pointlessy aero, heavy rims they replaced.
These wheels run true, are smooth and importantly, have a quiet freewheel which I like about Shimano stuff.
Excellent wheels for the money and complete with smooth rim tapes in place and skewers to boot. Can't fault the next day service or the packaging.
These are not fantasy dream wheels. They just do a great job for the price and with quality tyres will serve any rider well who has to ride on mixed terrain like me in the real world.

on 01/06/2013

I needed a pair of wheels to see me through until I could afford a new bike, I opted for these as the price was right. I am blown away with how good they are, they are lighter by a few grams than the factory set the bike came with which were deore hubs and alex rims. They are straight and true and run oh so well. It has transformed my bike to what she was, I'm now up grading the drive train and sticking with the old girl. They may make good winter wheels for the super fit out there but for mr average joe like me they are brill, I have put 300 miles on them in two weeks and they just get better and better, I am really pleased with my purchase.

on 22/05/2013

Brilliant set of wheels would recomend

on 10/05/2013

Nice wheels not to heavy put on old bike for commuting and turbo training

on 08/05/2013

Was on the fence with buying these, but even after shipping to Canada the price was still incredible!

So, customer satisfaction with Merlin is 5 stars... you guys were great and the shipment came fast.

The wheels... I've been riding for a week now. I'm a big guy, 6'5", 290 lbs but I ride a LOT. They were true out of the box and the spokes seemed properly tensioned. While not as light as my previous wheels, they aren't "heavy" by my standards. So far very comfortable!

-shipped with rim tape
-new skewers
-nice big box

Highly recommended! Thanks Merlin!

on 27/04/2013

Fantastic wheelset at the price offered and delivered next day. Brilliant. Only did a couple of hundred miles thus far but they feel good and look great. Highly recommend for that leisure cyclist/commuter on a budget but wishing that sporty recer look : )

on 21/03/2013

Very impressed so far! Got these for a friends hybrid bike - a big improvement in weight and appearance!

on 19/03/2013

These wheels are excellent, they came with rim tape installed and 2 quick release skewers.

An excellent upgrade for my low end road bike and probably better than the stock wheels that come on most bikes

on 01/03/2013

Good Factory wheels, perfect for winter spares, particularly at this price

on 14/02/2013

Very fast service and better than chain reaction who r only one mile from my work. Would most definitely use you guys again and would recommend you guys to other cyclists .

on 06/02/2013

Great set of wheels at the price.

on 06/02/2013

Very impressed with these wheels, meet the quoted weight and look far more expensive than they are,,, in fact ridiculously cheap! especially at Merlin prices. I have never found Merlin to be beaten on wheels and that is accompanied with fantastic service. Thank you

on 31/01/2013

Amazing value, good looking and robust wheels. Standard spokes so spares easily sourced if ever required. Excellent!

on 11/01/2013

Cheap reasonably light and good value wheelset. I bought them to replace a similar set on my commuter bike. Over about 3 years the rims had worn down past the wear indicators. The hubs were still good but it's cheaper to buy a complete new set than have the wheels rebuilt with new rims.

on 14/12/2012

They seem to be nice and round (like the French ones).

More seriously. I bought these as winter wheels to save my Ultegra wheels from the crud (also bought from Merlin).

The 501 are very well made, seem solid and have a good quality feel to them. Heavier than the Ultegras but feel great when riding and look very good. Seem to be excellent value.

on 05/12/2012

was asked by a friend at work to service his wifes bike , however when I got it home I realised the wheels were completly beyond repair , found these on your site as a supposedly "cheap fix" however when they turned up these wheels were actually brilliant !! looked as though they cost a lot more and were free running and true . Would have made great winter or training wheels , or as they turned out a brilliant upgrade for an old bike . One happy Wife , what more can I say . Buy them

on 28/11/2012

Tough, good lookin', bargain wheels.
Thanks! Excellent.

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on 16/08/2012

Nearly brought these wheels on the chain reaction website ,but thank god they were out of stock as merlin cycles were cheaper and delivered the next day. Amazing customer service and amazing wheels for the price,big WHOOP WHOOP for Merlin Cycles,ill be back :)

on 16/08/2012

Simply superb

on 09/08/2012

Lighter and smoother than the stock wheels i had and coupled with the new Tiagra groupset installed gave me the confidence to jump from 25 milers and felling knackered to a 52 miler and feeling great at the end. Great value wheels and look good as well.

on 13/07/2012

Bought these wheels to replace a set which had more replaced spokes than original ones- they looked like Pringles they were so buckled!
The shimano wheelset is cheep and cheerful. From a distance, they manage to give the illusion of a much more upmarket wheel.

I have them on my commuter (an old Scott CR1) and have only put about 150miles on them so far.
They are still true, even though I hang a heavy D lock off both of them when I lock the bike at work.

on 05/07/2012

Straight performance
Acceleration performance
Cost performance

As a good product, highly recommended to not care about breaking

on 01/07/2012

excellent wheels, at a great price

on 20/06/2012

Wheels arrived well packaged and quicker than I expected - a good price too - well done Merlin!

on 18/06/2012

Good quality all round wheels. Okay so they're not the lightest but for the money they are very good quality. I used them on my Hybrid to do a spot of touring fully loaded with panniers so they took a bit of a bashing and performed without fault. I am thinking about getting another set to use as a year round training set for my road bike. I would recommend them.

on 16/06/2012

Great value

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