Bike Wheels Buying Guide



Good bike wheels are supposed to be strong, durable, lightweight and aerodynamic. With this, we compiled an unbiased review of the top 27 bike wheels that meet our high standards to make your work easier. Here they are:

1) FSA Vision Team 25 Clincher Wheelset Black 700c | 2) Wheel Set 700 Velocity Deep-V Black 32H | 3) Vuelta Corsa SLR 11-Speed Road Wheelset | 4) State Bicycle Fixed Gear/Fixie Machined Track Wheels | 5) Wheel Master 26″ Cruiser/Comfort Wheel Set | 6) Wheel Master Weinmann 700C Rear Wheel | 7) Pure Fix 700C 40mm Wheelset | 8) Fixie Wheels Set Fixed Gear Flip-Flop | 9) ICAN 29er All Season Fatbike Carbon Wheelset | 10) Easton EC90 Aero 700c Front Carbon Road Clincher | 11) Mavic Ksyrium Equipe S Road Wheel | 12) Sunrise Bike 1 pair of Road Bike Carbon | 13) Shimano WH-6700 Ultegra Tubeless Clincher Wheelset | 14) ICAN 26er Fat Tire Wheelset Carbon | 15) Eastern Bikes BMX Wheel Rear Throttle | 16) Eastern Bikes BMX Eastern Throttle OEM Front Wheel | 17) Retrospec Bicycles Mantra Wheelset | 18) WM Weinmann Zac19 Rear Wheel | 19) ICAN 700C Lightweight Road Bike Carbon Wheelset | 20) Wheel Master 26″ MTB Rear Wheel | 21) wheels 26″ inches Mountain Bicycle Wheel | 22) ACS Mag 5-Spoke Front Wheel, Black | 23) 20″ 144 Spoke Coaster Wheel 14G Chrome | 24) Wheel Master Rear Bicycle Wheel 26 x 1.5 36H | 25) Sta-Tru Steel Coaster Brake Hub Rear Wheel | 26) WHEEL MASTER WHL PR 26 559×23 | 27) Wheel Master Weinmann Front Wheel |

Your wheels are some of the most important components on your bike, having a huge effect on speed, weight, handling and overall performance.

Upgrading to a lighter wheelset will lower the rotational weight, improving acceleration and giving you a speed advantage – but some riding disciplines will require tough and burly wheels that can take plenty of punishment and still roll true. The ideal wheelset for you will offer the correct balance of light weight, strength and durability for your preferred riding discipline, at a price that suits your pocket.

All wheels share characteristics in common, consisting of hubs, spokes and a rim, while rear wheels are also a key component in your bike’s drivetrain and will in many cases be required to deal with more stress than the front.

Whether you need a tough set of BMX wheels to handle the stunts and jumps of the skate park, or are looking for a set of light and aerodynamic road bike wheels to give you a race day advantage, our guide will help you to choose the wheels that are right for you.

MTB Wheels

Your MTB’s wheelset is one of the most important component choices on your bike, having a significant influence on how your bike performs – there are few parts of a bike where it is more essential to strike the balance between light weight, strength and performance.

When upgrading or replacing a wheel or wheelset there are a number of factors to take into consideration, including not only the size of wheel your bike is designed for, but also characteristics such as weight, rim width, spoke number and hub type, etc.

For example, lighter wheels mean less rotational weight, which translates into improved acceleration and easier speed – perfect for fast cross-country riding and racing. However wheels for certain MTB disciplines – particularly downhill racing (DH), Enduro riding Freeride (FR) require burly wheels with wider rims, which can take sustained punishment without folding like a taco (not good).

Which Mountain Bike Wheels are Right for You?

What kind of rider are you? The type of wheelset you choose must be matched to the type of riding you do – a lightweight set of XC racing hoops simply can’t withstand the beating dished out by a boulder-strewn descent, while a super-strong pair of DH wheels is just too heavy to pedal for any length of time.

Also, whether you are happy to choose an off-the-shelf set of factory spec. wheels or prefer to have a custom pair built to your own preference, you will first need to ensure that your new hoops are the right size for your frame and forks.

Road Wheels

A new wheelset can be one of the best performance upgrades for your road bike.

Lightweight, strong and stiff wheels reduce rotational weight offering increased speed for less effort and improving a bike’s climbing, acceleration and handling abilities.

Meanwhile investing in a wheelset with quality hubs and constituent parts will offer increased durability, longer life and better resistance to the elements.

Which Road Bike Wheel is Right for You?

Road bike wheels differ in many ways, from size (diameter and rim width) and construction (materials used, spoke pattern) to intended use (all-weather training or race day performance).

The choice ranges from good-quality budget and mid-range offerings built in the traditional way to the latest generation of carbon fibre aerodynamic wonders. The right wheels for you will depend not only on your budget but also on the type of riding you enjoy.

Sportive and leisure riders, for example, may be served best by an aluminium alloy ‘all-rounder’ wheelset offering a balance of light weight, durability and aerodynamic performance, while competitive riders may choose to invest in carbon fibre ‘race day only’ wheels which deliver stiffness, light weight and superior aerodynamics – but at a price.

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