I'm looking for some carbon fiber DH or XC wheels and don't know where to start, as I'm new to this. Could you give me some help on where to get started?


For XC you can find a myriad of wheels that are now carbon.

For DH, you can find some examples but they are big money.

They're typically more expensive than their aluminium counter parts, but a little lighter. Rotational weight is typically reduced, which will make the bike turn more quickly and feel "snappier".

Since you're new at mountain biking, I wouldn't recommend getting top spec stuff right away. You're going to have "oops" (e.g., wrong trail, endo, rip a dérailleur off, etc) and it would put a serious dent in your pocket book to replace carbon wheels. You can get two decent bikes for the cost of some carbon hoops.

Carbon typically isn't as forgiving in crashes because of the nature of the element. It's more prone to damage from impact than aluminium or steel counterparts, and the failures can be much more difficult to detect. Just my 2 cents.

  • Thanks bud, iv got two spin energy wheels on it already that came with it"lucky me" I posted also white trek y22 1996 if you could advice there cheers – Muckshooter Jan 24 '14 at 18:42
  • Hi I'm new to mtb and have myself a trek y22 with carbon fibre wheels, my mates laugh because they say it's to old for anything and most certainly won't be able to go DH or do any kind of jumps!!! Could someone,anyone advise how I could prove them wrong! And not at an over the top cost. Thanks – Muckshooter Jan 24 '14 at 18:43
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    you can also repair non CF wheels somewhat. – Batman Jan 27 '14 at 14:43

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