Compare, Find and Buy Carbon Wheels for your Cycling
There is a large range now available and our pages includes full carbon and carbon / alloy composite wheels, tubular and clincher versions where available, together with the various rim profiles available for different cycling disciplines.
Firstly, carbon wheels can be made significantly lighter while having the same or higher strength and rigidity as alloys.
Secondly, carbon fibre can be used in different forms as weave and interconnecting longitudinal layers, giving a wide variety of end result shapes. This has and still is pushing the boundaries of aerodynamic performance for carbon bike wheels.
This is an issue for carbon fibre, which is naturally resistant to longitudinal stress but less so for side stress; hence the risk of pinch flats and leaks has to be overcome for a clincher. On the other hand, carbon tubular wheels can safely have full carbon construction of rim and profile, leading to large reductions in wheelset weight over traditional alloy models.
Increasingly there are also clinchers which use carbon for both the rim and flange. Many of the cycle wheel manufacturers include clincher versions of their wheel ranges. Initially, these were just available for higher profile wheels where the size of the rim and flange had sufficient strength to cope with a beaded tyre.
Recently even low-profile wheels have been introduced as the technical design of carbon clinchers has become more advanced.
The flexibility in design that carbon gives has also allowed advances to be made in the shaping of the Aero wheels for maximum efficiency. Combined with wind tunnel testing, this is a constant area of cycle racing wheel development.
Therefore new materials technology has to be used to produce braking surfaces that will provide consistent and smooth braking on carbon wheels. Currently the limitations of carbon in low-profile wheels are being removed by the use of high-tech developments and more models are becoming available each year.