Ultegra 6700 wheelset - suitable for touring?

by Zermattjohn   February 11, 2012  

Hi, I have a Spesh Tricross Expert and have put some WH-6700 Ultegra wheels on to replace the supplied (but heavy=strong?) Alex rims ACE-19 ones. I use the bike mainly for club runs and training but will be touring this summer on it, just with rear panniers. Any ideas if these Shimano wheels are up to the task? They are about 1/2 a kilo lighter than the Alex's so would like to use them, but don't fancy snapping them half way up the Galibier! Thanks for any advice...

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They're not what I call touring wheels, but then what do I know?

These are my thoughts:

These wheels are light, and don't have a particularly high spoke count, and considering that you're planning on carrying panniers, I'm guessing you're not planning on riding this at race pace. Since speed and weight are already going to be compromised, a heavier wheelset isn't going to make a lot of difference either (neither is a lighter one). Go for sronger wheels.

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posted by the_mikey [155 posts]
11th February 2012 - 11:03


Thanks. Not thought of it that way, but you are right.

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posted by Zermattjohn [179 posts]
11th February 2012 - 11:12


i am 12.5 stone, use these on a whippett spec cannondale and am a fairly hard rider, perfect for me but i wouldnt put excess weight on them, they do have cup and cone which is useful for spares but low spokes, reckon you would be worried by them in a sharp corner fully loaded, maybe rs30? deep rims more spokes and cheaper.

posted by russyparkin [578 posts]
14th February 2012 - 18:46


Personally I'd never put any significant luggage on low-spoke-count wheels. Plus they're straight spokes, which are an absolute git to get hold of when you break them.

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posted by Bez [531 posts]
16th February 2012 - 18:28



not always, but in this case i'd say yes.

having said that, I use similarly built wheels to you all the time (RS80s) and i'm nearly 100kg. So you carrying 20kg of luggage on your bike isn't all that different to me just riding around. And I haven't broken them, yet

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7854 posts]
16th February 2012 - 18:33


Though, evidence for the prosecution: I'm 90kg or so and my RS50s started breaking spokes after only a few hundred miles.

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posted by Bez [531 posts]
16th February 2012 - 18:53