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Shimano WH-R560 opinions

Old 11-29-06, 11:09 PM
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Shimano WH-R560 opinions

Excel sports has Shimano WH-R560s on sale for $188.00 so I grabbed a pair for a yet to be built project. Has anyone put some real miles on these? If so how are they holding up? At that price I made an impulse buy ,hope it was worth it.
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Old 11-30-06, 10:49 AM
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I had a set that I trained and raced on for about 1000 or so miles. I'm a clydesdale, so take my opinion with a grain of salt if you weigh less than 170lbs. I ended up selling mine to a smaller rider and bought myself some higher spoke-count handbuilts.

Pros:
- Light and fast acceleration
- Good braking surface, sometimes almost too good
- Quiet freewheel mech
- The semi-aero profile of the rim felt better in cross-winds

Cons:
- Decals came off after a few rides; better to just peel them off from the start
- Felt really whippy in tight corners
- Rear wheel developed a creak around the drive-side spoke nipples that wouldn't go away after repeated truing
- Odd-sized spoke nipples; needed a separate spoke wrench
- Rim was a PitA to get tires onto

Conclusion:

Good, cheap training wheel. If you're going to do any amount of racing, I'd keep looking.
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Old 11-30-06, 01:25 PM
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Thanks , Ill give them a good going over and decide if I will keep them. They were cheap though.
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Old 11-30-06, 03:38 PM
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uhg these wheels are terrible. They're just not durable after several thousand miles. The hubs are loose bearing, which isn't a necessarily a bad thing, but I could never get the hubs to feel very good. The lack of spokes doesn't really amount to any weight savings, so you're basically sacrificing durability. Shops hate trueing these (see: nipple at the hub), and they're somewhat tricky. If you brake a spoke it's going to cost you $15 a spoke.
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Old 11-30-06, 06:46 PM
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I have a set that came with my bike (Specialized Rubaix) and have had no problems after 1100 miles. I'm 160 lbs. I even hit a good sized branch on a ride; the impact knocked off the magnet on the spoke & initially seemed to get the wheel out of true. After another 20 miles or so, the wheel seemed to be back in true. I like em.
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Thanks for all of the feedback on these hoops , I sent them back. Threw the tension guage on them and the readings were far from uniform which I suspect is why some of these wheels fail sooner than others. Did not want to go through the hassel of tensioning them again . IMO they were going to be a pain in the ass.
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