With the 27. 5 inch platform having a presence of its own, it's only fitting that Shimano engineered a set of Deore XT wheels to fit the new standard. While not the lightest or most expensive in the Shimano lineup, the 27. 5 inch Deore XT WH M785 Wheelset is one of the best all around wheelsets for your money. Shimano builds up its XT wheels around Deore XT hubs, which feature sealed bearings that keep mud and grit at bay for longer life. They are CenterLock compatible, and butted round, straight pull spokes are used on these 19mm deep rims. At 23. 4mm wide, the optimal tire width is anything between 1. 5 to 2. 25 inches, giving you a slew of options. Additionally, they are UST compatible. The front axle is a 15mm thru axle and there is a choice of a rear 10x135mm quick release or 12x142mm thru axle.