Wheels and tires have a massive influence on the handling of your bike. Whether you are riding a mountain bike, trekking bike, road bike or gravel bike, you will notice the difference between a bad and a good wheelset immediately. The right interaction of rims, spokes and hubs is what makes a good wheelset. Besides the total weight, the distribution of the rotating mass plays an important role. Lightweight rims and tires provide better acceleration. On the other hand, a heavier wheel keeps the speed longer.
For mountain bikes, the choice of wheels is particularly large, because in addition to the various price classes, materials, rim widths, different wheel sizes of 26, 27.5, 28 or 29 inches are offered. On the road, the 28″ wheels are still very present. But also 27.5″ wheels with wider tires find their place.
In the MTB segment, disc brakes now dominate over rim brakes. Disc brakes are also being used more and more frequently on road bikes and cyclocross bikes. The advent of tubeless tires on both MTB and gravel bikes has also replaced the classic butyl, latex or modern thermoplastic tube in some places.