Shimano WH-R600 Wheelset

Shimano WH R 600 Wheelset Shimano WH R600 Wheelset

Shimano WH R-600 Wheelset

Shimano has a spot – albeit a small one – in the marketplace for race wheels, but most who ride Shimano wheelsets do so because they came with their new bike. If you are riding the Shimano WH-R600 Wheelset, chances are you just bought a brand new complete bike. You’re probably relatively new to road bikes – or at least good ones – but there are a few things you should know about the Shimano WH-R600 wheelset.

First of all, never judge your bike – or your experience riding it – while you are still on the wheels that came with it. And second, wheelsets are an easy – but not inexpensive – upgrade. As soon as you can, buy the lightest, stiffest wheelset you can afford, and believe me, you’ll notice the difference.

Decent stock wheelset

Stock wheels are a strange market. On lower priced bikes – and by that I mean bikes under about $1000 – wheelsets like the Shimano WH-R600 are just fine.  These bikes are for riders just making the step up to a proper road bike, and chances are they aren’t all that concerned about rolling resistance, aerodynamics, and weight. And it’s a good thing too, because the Shimano WH-R600 wheelset doesn’t excel in any of these categories.

So why use them? It’s simple; cutting a few corners with wheels means that the bike can come with better drive train and other components, components which are far more complicated to upgrade than wheels.  The expectation is that most buyers of these low-priced road bikes will be quite happy with these wheels for a year or two, and then find it’s a simple upgrade to put a better wheelset on when they are ready.

The only place riders are likely to find a major fault with the Shimano WH-R600 wheelset – at least when it’s new – is in rim strength.  Heavier rider (those over 175lbs) might feel significant flex in the rim, especially when riding out of the saddle or climbing.

Good enough is good enough

The Shimano WH-R600 wheelset is, and should be, perfectly adequate for a first time road bike purchaser, but anyone on these wheels is going to want to upgrade sooner rather than later. These should be considered ‘temporary’ wheels, because before long you can expect them to roll out of true, and spoke weakness- even breakages – are all too common.  These wheels aren’t worth the repair costs, so when your Shimano WH-R600 wheelset starts to break down, plan on upgrading to a better set. You’ll be glad you did.

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