The front and rear wheels together are often referred to as a wheelset
and greatly influence the riding characteristics of the entire bike. Ideally,
they should be as light as possible, yet stiff and stable, not only to allow
precise changes of direction but also to absorb impact from the ground without any
issues. Although in the past hubs, spokes and rims were generally bought
separately and joined by hand by a mechanic to form a stable wheel, today
manufacturers often offer fully assembled wheels in which all parts are
precisely matched to each other. However, hubs, spokes, rims and matching spoke
nipples are also available separately. When selecting the right components, in
addition to the wheel size, the suitability for disc brakes or rim brakes and
the axle standards of the frame and fork must be taken into account.
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Make sure you have the right bike wheels
Having the right wheel has a profound effect on your ride, from the speed, weight and how smooth your ride is, to how easy the bike is to handle and its overall performance. Whether you are replacing your wheel because of wear and tear, you hit a giant pothole, or you simply want an upgrade, it’s important to consider the type of riding you plan to do and where you will be doing it.
Bicycle wheels all have three things in common, they feature three key parts – the rim, hub and spokes. After that, all models vary, and, just like there are many types of bike models out there, there are many types of bike wheels that will complement your ride in different ways. For example, a road bike wheel would not be suitable for off-road dirt tracks and rough terrain, while mountain bike wheels will be your best friend. Put a road bike wheel on asphalt, though, and you’ll glide.
If you are planning to race or go road cycling, then it’s likely you’ll want a lightweight and aerodynamic wheel that combines speed with durability. Road racing bike wheels are generally much narrower and much easier to manoeuvre, therefore there’s less friction and rolling distance and less effort needed to accelerate. Generally speaking, the lighter the wheel is, the better it is for climbing, while the more aerodynamic it is, the easier it is to maintain top speed for longer. If you have a road bike, you should stick to road bike wheels, as you can’t fit a thicker mountain bike wheel onto your road bike frame (or vice versa) - they just won’t fit.
Mountain bike (MTB) wheels, on the other hand, are wider so that they can handle heavier loads and jumps as well as more challenging terrain where grip, weight, balance and performance are essential. Most MTB wheels are made from either carbon or aluminium. Aluminium is more cost-effective, while carbon, although more expensive, is much lighter. You should check your wheel size and also the types of components the rest of your bike has, to make sure the wheel will match your frame and fork.
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