Bicycle Wheels Rims

Bicycle Wheels Rims

Easton EA90 LTD Road Wheelset -- Performance ExclusiveBicycle Wheels Rims – With lower models of bikes, you almost always purchase the frame, bicycle wheels rims and all other parts as a complete set.  However, depending on the specialty shop, they sometimes give you the opportunity to mix and match equipment with the more expensive bike models.  Even if you do get stock bicycle wheels rims, there is always the option of upgrading this equipment.  Here are some key factors that can help you narrow your choices down and select the best bicycle wheels rims for your bike and budget.

Choose the wheel style that best fits your bike.  This is the easiest part because your frame will dictate the type of tires needed.  Road bike frames are thin, lightweight and feature curved handlebars that require thin, lightweight road bicycle wheels rims.  Mountain bikes, which are much more durable, use bicycle wheels rims that are wider, stronger, and heavier than road bikes.  BMX bikes are miniature in size and require bicycle wheels rims that can accommodate small, thick tires capable of withstanding the pressure of performing and landing tricks.

Decide what type of material you want for the bicycle wheels rims.  This material selection will have the greatest impact on the overall cost of the bicycle wheels rims.  Steel is the base material option for bicycle wheels rims; it’s durable and cheap, but it is also very heavy.  Only the cheapest road bikes uses steel, but mountain and BMX bicycle wheels rims commonly feature steel.  Aluminum alloy is a midlevel material for road bicycle wheels rims because they are much lighter weight than steel, however, they are also not as resilient.  It is a common material for road bikes, though rarely used in BMX or mountain bike wheels.  Carbon fiber is stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum alloy, but it is extremely expensive and often used only by competitive riders.

Decide on how many spokes your bicycle wheels rims need.  More spokes make it easier to tune your wheels, but they can also add some weight.  This is a concern in road biking more than any other form of biking.  Typically, fewer spokes also means larger spokes, so the wheel’s strength will not face any significant decline, however, fewer spokes may ultimately shorten the lifespan of your bicycle wheels rims.

Available bicycle wheels rims differ in diameter, depth, width, material, spoke count, spoke material, weight, braking capabilities, over lock-nut diameter (OLD), tire mounting, axle connection mechanism, cog type and cog capacity.  These characteristics must be determined prior to choosing a bicycle wheels rims.  Characteristics such as braking capabilities and OLD are dependent upon the bicycle, while others such as rim depth and spoke count are dependent on riding conditions and rider preferences.

With so many options, selecting the correct bicycle wheels rims can be confusing, so check with a mechanic if anything is unclear about your options.  Making a mistake can be a minor inconvenience, like getting the spoke count wrong, or at worst could mean the bicycle wheels rims will not work with the bike.  For example, a 26-inch wheel will not work on a bike meant for 700c wheels.  If a 135 mm OLD wheel is selected for a bike with 120 mm spacing, the bicycle wheels will not fit correctly.  However, some mistakes are more of an inconvenience such as selecting deep bicycle wheels rims for a ride in crosswind, or selecting a tubular rim if you really wanted clincher.

Mavic 26" Crosstrail Center Lock Disc Mountain Bike WheelsetWhen selecting the appropriate bicycle wheels rims, it would be a good idea to talk to a wheel building professional about wheel use, riding style, material  and weight preferences, and any other questions.  A hand-built wheel, to personal specifications, can be built or a pre-built wheel can be recommended.  Most wheels need periodic maintenance, so purchasing through a shop can lead to maintenance package deals on your bicycle wheels rims.

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