Road wheelsets to start the season. The question is rim brake or disc brake. Choose for yourself and enjoy the advantages of a new set of wheels while you get ready for the new season.

Where the rubber hits the road

"Wheels are the most popular components to upgrade on a road bike. They promise the most benefit in terms of performance and optics. Find recommendations, comparison tables, and reviews to assist you in the decision making process for your new set of wheels."

Basti, Purchasing

The selection of “classic” wheels contains rims with a depth of up to 30 mm. You will find wheelsets for regular training and some higher quality wheels for riding in hilly terrain. Classic road wheelsets aim to reduce the rotating mass at the rim due to their lower profile. This makes acceleration easier.

"Tubeless for road wheels? Less rolling resistance and improved puncture protection are the clear advantages. On the flip side, the milk requires regular topping off and occasional replacement."

Stefan, Customer Service
Tubeless

Here is a selection of aerodynamic rims with a depth between 30 to 60 mm. The higher profile makes the use of carbon fibre easier, providing these wheels with increased stability and aerodynamic performance. Acceleration requires a little more energy due to the increased weight on the outer edge of the wheel.

Clincher

"Tubeless for road wheels? Less rolling resistance and improved puncture protection are the clear advantages. On the flip side, the milk requires regular topping off and occasional replacement."

Stefan, Customer Service
Tubeless

The selection of “classic” wheels contains rims with a depth of up to 30 mm. You will find wheelsets for regular training and some higher quality wheels for riding in hilly terrain. Classic road wheelsets aim to reduce the rotating mass at the rim due to their lower profile. This makes acceleration easier.

"Tubeless for road wheels? Less rolling resistance and improved puncture protection are the clear advantages. On the flip side, the milk requires regular topping off and occasional replacement."

Stefan, Customer Service
Tubeless

Tubeless

Tubular

Here is a selection of aerodynamic rims with a depth between 30 to 60 mm. The higher profile makes the use of carbon fibre easier, providing these wheels with increased stability and aerodynamic performance. Acceleration requires a little more energy due to the increased weight on the outer edge of the wheel.

"Tubeless for road wheels? Less rolling resistance and improved puncture protection are the clear advantages. On the flip side, the milk requires regular topping off and occasional replacement."

Stefan, Customer Service
Tubeless

Which brake system professional riders in the peloton use is still mixed. While some teams have switched over completely to disc brakes, others are still sticking with the classic rim brake. The advantages and disadvantages to both systems will be clear when we see who wins the races.

In a closed field of riders, different braking systems may lead to some crashes or injuries. However, hobby cyclists don’t often ride in pelotons or at speeds like pro cyclists, which makes disc brakes, with their weather resistance and less mechanical wear, the better choice.

Advantages of disc brake wheels Disadvantages of disc brake wheels
Less rotating mass on the outside of the wheel Repairs are a little more complicated
No mechanical wear and tear on the rim Switching wheels is slightly more complicated
New rim design options Brake adjustment is slightly more complicated
Improved brake force modulation in all conditions Slightly increased weight
No tyre failure, inner tube ruptures due to brake surface overheating  

There is a trend in the market towards using wider tyres. Here is the explanation.

Recent tests have shown, that against common believe, wider tyres actually offer less rolling resistance under typical road surface conditions than more narrow tyres. In addition, wider tyres offer added comfort. The larger volume of wider tyres allows slightly lower air pressure which moulds the tyre better to the surface improving traction and power transfer.

Check the table below, to find out what tyre width your rim can handle. The information provided has been take from the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO).

Rim size / Tyre witdh (mm)

18 20 23 25 28 32 35 37 40
13c X X X X          
15c     X X X X      
17c       X X X X X X
19c         X X X X X
21c             X X X
Advantages of wider tyres Disadvantages of wider tyres
More comfortable ride due to less air pressure Increased weight makes acceleration harder
Less rolling resistance Less agile steering
Less punctures Less aerodynamic

 

Wheels have a lot of rotating mass. It takes more energy to accelerate the same amount of mass if it is located out on the rim as if it is located at the centre of the wheel (or on the frame). This is because the rotational inertia is higher.

Hence, it makes sense to trim weight off the wheels rather than the frame if you do a lot of braking and accelerating, for example in a crit race or when riding in the city with frequent stops at lights. Heavier tyres and rims also influence the steering due to the same reasons.

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