At first glance, a rim looks like a simple part of a bike. Nevertheless, there are a few things to consider before buying one. Of course, you need to know what rim diameter you need. There are different standards to keep in mind.
In the MTB segment, the diameter is measured in inches, e.g. 26“, 27.5” or 29“.
In the road segment, the rim diameter is most often measured with the ETRTO standard, e.g. 522 or 622.
When it comes to city and touring bikes both are used.
. Another decision to make depends on the type of brakes the bike has. There are rims that are made only for disc brakes that lack braking surfaces. Without a braking surface, a rim brake pad cannot produce the needed friction to stop.
The stability and stiffness of a wheel comes from the spokes that build a sort of skeleton. Because of the various wheel sizes, and other important factors like hub and rim choice, there are large variations in spoke sizes.
No matter how you want to build your wheel, you can find all the right parts here. Good luck!
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