Shimano WH-MT65 Wheelset

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $549.99

Product Description

Shimano WH-MT65 Mountain Wheelset brings XT features to the mid-range price point. Disc brake compatible, Tubeless tire compatible, Straight pull spokes for longer spoke life with a 2-cross spoke lacing pattern for great torsional rigidity. Variations: Ce

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Errol Morales a Cross Country Rider from Dallas Texas

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2012

Strengths:    Low cost UST

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
These wheels are a bargain. They have been riden for almost 2 yrs from cross country to epic rides. We ride fun trails that are challenging with rocks, ruts & creek crossings. The rims do not leak, and of course they have Stans in them for puncture resistance. I have not had to tighten spokes yet, there snug. They may be heavier then other rims, but I prefer a stronger rim to hold up against abuse. Bottomline, so far everything is holding up, hubs, rims & spokes.

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan Trail So Calif

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Chainreactioncycles

Similar Products Used:   Mavic 819 UST

Bike Setup:   2007 Santa Cruz Blur XC, Sram XOs 9 sp grip shift, XO rear dera, XTR front dera, Formula Oro disc brakes, Sid fork, Fox RP23 shock, Carbon seat post & handle bars with Thomsons stem, and Chris King headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by StanSuarez a Weekend Warrior from Davao City, Philippines

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2011

Strengths:    XT/XTR looks and performance without the associated price tag. Fully UST compatible without needing rim tape or rim-strip voodoo. Comes with tubless valves. Straight-pull spokes for extra strength(no j-bends). Only 24 double-butted spokes per wheel for light weight. Scratch-resistant finish. Easy to maintain loose-bearings(as long as you have the proper tools).

Weaknesses:    Replacement straight pull spokes may be harder to find than the traditional spokes. Not as light as custom-build or botique lightweight XC wheelsests. Loose hub bearings(not sealed type)will need regular maintenance- specially if they get wet often through river crossings or rides in the rain or very wet bike washings.

Bottom Line:   
Incredible value for money. I ran mine with tubes for a few weeks before going tubeless with Geax GATO TNT and Stans sealant. I love the UST rim design, tires beads are held very securely in a deep tight groove and it takes a bit of muscle and/or tire-lever english to de-mount tires. They sealed up without a hitch and have never burped air even at pressures as low as 20psi during high speed rock-garden descents and low-speed off-camber technical sections.

I've read reports of early failures of other Shimano hubs but came to the conclusion that they were probably due to improperly maintained hubs or their cone washers(retaining the ball bearings) were either too loose or too tight. Grease your hubs and check your retaining nut tension regularly and these should last you a very long time.

Don't be misled by their weight that seems to be on the heavy side compared to other more expensive wheelsets. The majority of said weight is concentrated at the hub due to the large steel bearings. The low-spoke count means that the actual rotational mass is quite low. Remember, this is it's weight as a TUBLESS-READY rim. You'll have to add the weight of rim tape and/or rubber rim strips to those so-called lightweight rims to get similar tubless performance- narrowing the weight difference somewhat.

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Favorite Trail:   Tagurano rock garden

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $266.00

Purchased At:   GT Bikes, Davao City

Bike Setup:   Titus FTM Moto, Shimano 3x9sp XT groupset, Avid BB7 brakes, Easton Carbon Cockpit, Fox Talas FIT 140mm w/Kashima.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sad1002 a Cross Country Rider from Kolomna

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2011

Strengths:    Durable, silent, spin forever, simle service

Weaknesses:    may be too heavy (change QR's!)

Bottom Line:   
they roll, they spin forever! The same rim and spokes as XT wheelset, but older hubs. Natural UST without rimstrips and other magic. You can use whithout sealant your ust tires.
Nice and quality grafic on rims. Hubs without decals.
Nice wheelset for training and may be for racing if your ride technic is not so good.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $210.00

Similar Products Used:   xt+dt comp+sun ufo

Bike Setup:   merida tfs, slx wheels, xt drivetrain

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by gerard mananquil a Weekend Warrior from cauayan city, isabela, philippines

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2009

Strengths:    light weight, great decals

Weaknesses:    price

Bottom Line:   
I am a weekend warrior who fell in love with this product the first time i laid my eyes on it. its not as good looking as cobalt wheel sets but it can turn heads.I've tried it on some dirt trails and both wheels are performing as expected. I strongly recommend it for those guys who love trail riding, its purely style and function. keep on riding

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Favorite Trail:   magat dam trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   kings bicycle store

Similar Products Used:   alex rims

Bike Setup:   marin nail trail frame, slx gruppo,epicon forks

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