Bicycle wheels come in a wide range of sizes from 12" wheels found on smaller Kids Bikes to larger 29" Mountain Bike and 700c Road Bike wheels. Larger wheels are normally faster and more stable at speed and their larger contact patch improves grip too. Smaller wheels are normally lighter, more manoeuvrable and have quicker acceleration.
Wheel sizes are defined by the country that first popularised the style of bike that used them - so you'll see some imperial and some metric measurements listed. Wiggle includes the ISO standard in brackets after each for ease of comparison.
Wheels comprise of four main components; Hub, spokes, nipples and rim. The hub is the central part of the wheel that is fixed into the dropouts of the frame. The spokes connect the hub to the rim. Spoke nipples are threaded fasteners that sit within eyelets of the rim. Rims are the outer metal hoop of a bicycle wheel. They are constructed by using materials such as aluminium or carbon fibre.
Wheels are a great upgrade you can make to significantly improve the performance of your bike. They are a rotating mass and when you upgrade to a lighter alternative you will notice a marked improvement in acceleration, climbing and bike weight. Whether you wish to upgrade to a pair of superlight carbon road wheels or buy some strong mountain bike wheels, Wiggle has a great selection for you to choose from.
It’s best to factor in your riding discipline what you hope to gain from some new wheels. Maybe you’re after a lighter set of wheels to boost your climbing and acceleration on the bike. Another factor may be getting more aerodynamic wheels to reduce drag and go faster. If you’re a mountain biker you may wish to buy some strong and light wheels which don’t flex on technical terrain.
Wiggle stock an impressive range of bicycle wheels for all types of bikes. Our mountain bike wheels are available singly or as mountain bike wheel sets (pairs) which are made from robust and durable materials ideal for racing and robust enough for all types of trail and mountain bike terrains. Whether you're looking for carbon road bike wheels or bicycle wheels for time trials or triathlons Wiggle carries a huge range of bike wheels in stock ready for delivery.