There’s much more to mountain bike wheels than some people expect. Whilst it’s evident that the wheels are an essential mountain bike component, the design & size of the wheels, alongside the rubber fitted to them - make a significant difference to how a mountain bike rides & performs over different terrain. Aluminium/Alloy Mountain Bike Wheels remain the most popular choice for most riders, providing both lightweight design & strong performance. Several mountain bike wheel sizes are available, with riders choosing different sizes based on their performance and handling characteristics. The three main choices are as follows:
- 26 Inch Wheels
- 27.5 Inch Wheels
- 29 Inch Wheels
26-inch wheels are one of the lightest mountain bike wheel choices because this is the smallest wheel size available - these wheels accelerate quickly and corner well. The next size up is 27.5-inch wheels, also known as 650b wheels. These wheels still handle well but offer improved traction and rolling of larger wheels. 29-inch wheels are the largest wheels available on a mountain bike, and the benefits of this large wheel size are two-fold, they provide more traction thanks to their more extensive profile, and they are better at rolling over bumpy ground than smaller wheel sizes.
As well as different wheel sizes, a choice must be made between standard and tubeless rims. The benefits of choosing a tubeless rim almost always outweigh the reasons to choose a standard rim, mainly because of the reduced likelihood of a puncture that will halt a ride. Above, you can find the range of mountain bike wheels we supply online. Ordering online is simple, and if you have any questions about the range - get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.