Many people might not know this, bicycle wheels are actually consists of three main parts: the spokes, the rims and the tires. Rims are usually made of aluminum alloy, lightweight carbon fiber and steel, securing the tires onto the wheel. Rims are connected to the hub of the bicycle via spokes, which made from stainless steel materials or chrome plated metal. There can be 12 to 48 spokes depending on the type of the bike. Tires cover the outer part of the wheel, there are mainly two type of tires, the tubular or the clincher. There are several types of bicycle wheels to choose from and we go through the 3 most common ones:
- Racing Wheels
These are usually made of lightweight and aerodynamic tires and spokes that will allow you to ride through different tracks. Some of these wheels are made of aluminum and super lightweight carbon fiber. They are typically lean and thin consist of 20 spokes in the front and 28 spokes in the rear.
- Mountain Bike Wheels
These wheels are specially for mountain terrains. The tires used are usually the clincher type and the rims are usually 26 inches in diameter which is the standard mountain bike size. Lower air pressures tires are used to allow more shock absorption and traction. The newer mountain bike models have begun using tubeless tires.
- BMX Wheels
These wheels are wider but shorter than the mountain bike wheels. Thus better in absorbing shock and pressure, which makes them perfect for use on dirt tracks and for high jumps. Specifically designed for BMX lovers.