Shimano unveils budget road hoops; revamped entry level MTB components

By Lynette Carpiet

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Shimano went public this week with a slew of new products including more affordable wheels for road and gravel and upgraded Alivio, Acera and Altus entry level mountain bike components.

The three new road wheelsets use trick down technology from the company’s flagship products.

Lower price points, versatility

The new WH-RS370-TL multi-surface wheels are optimized for wider tires ranging from 28-38mm with 19c tubeless rims. Designed for disc brakes, they feature 12mm E-Thru Axles and center lock rotors. The wheels are compatible with 10- and 11-speed cassettes. The wheels retail for $254.99.

Shimano says the WH-RS300 and WH-RS100 clinchers are two of its most affordable road wheelsets.

The new WH-RS300-CL clincher wheels feature fewer spokes (16H/20H) for increased aerodynamics while the straight spoke construction provides higher torsional rigidity, delivering quick and responsive acceleration, the company says. Wider, 17c rims are optimized for wider tires and the wheels retail for $229.99.

The WH-RS100-CL is its most affordable 11-speed road wheelset. It offers trickle-down technology including wider 17c clincher rim. The wheelset weighs 1,920 grams and sells for a suggested retail of $134.99.

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