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Why Do Wheels Matter So Much?
Wheels are an engineering marvel. Their strength to weight ratio is remarkable and their performance is stunning. Wheels can change the ride of your bicycle dramatically, as evidenced by the following factors:
1. Ride quality. Because wheels are the bike’s contact points with the ground, they have a tremendous influence on ride feel.
2. Ease of pedaling. Wheels are constantly spinning, and most of the time it’s your pedaling that’s keeping them turning. Because of inertia, the more weight there is at the outside of the wheels, the lighter and more efficient the ride will be.
3. Reliability. Wheels take more abuse than any other bicycle component. Because of this constant contact with the road surface, wheel quality needs to be up to par with the task at hand. Better quality wheels will stay true and round much longer than lower quality wheels, as well as enhancing the performance aspect of the riding experience.
4. Functionality. Your wheel choice needs to match your riding style. Different wheel configurations can help your individual style or needs, from climbing, sprinting, jumping, etc.
Once you have decided that a wheel upgrade is on your to-do list, the next step is to stop by and speak with one of our highly trained sales staff. We will help you figure out the absolute best option for your new investment.
At California Bicycle, we not only offer wheelsets from all of the top manufacturers like Lightweight, Knight Composites, ENVE Composites, Reynolds Composites, MAVIC, ZIPP, Shimano, Campagnolo and Rolf–we can also build you a pair of custom built wheels. We offer a complete custom wheel department where everything from spoke length, rim tension, nipple material and rim / hub components are chosen in house and built to your exact specifications.
Some of the benefits you will enjoy from the right wheel set: