Questions tagged [wheels]

The big round things your bike rolls on. Rims, spokes, hubs, etc. If it's all about the rubber part, the "tire" tag is better.

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How to silence freehub on DT Swiss Spline wheels?

I just finished building a new gravel/commuting bike. For this build, I have bought a pair of DT Swiss Spline C 1800. However as I switched from an early 80's Peugeot bike to this new gravel, I ...
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How to silence a creaking cassette/freehub body

I have a DT Swiss ARC 1400 Dicut 63 rear wheel. It has a Shimano rear derailleur 11 speed LIGHT (ASL11) freehub body and I have an Ultegra 11-28 11-speed cassette. After a few weeks it started to ...
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Safe to replace cross pattern spoked front rim brake wheel with radial-spoked?

I feel a bit silly asking this since I'm about 95% sure this is safe, but I just want to double check. I have a 2010 Specialized Tricross (carbon fork, cantilever rim brakes). The stock front wheel ...
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Can I fit 25 MM tires on Bontrager Paradigm Comp 25 wheels?

I am switching from a tubeless 32mm tire to a 25mm tire set with tubes. The tubeless is messy and with the number of flats we experience I feel going back to tubes will be easier.
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29" wheels - what advantage do they provide over smaller wheels?

I was wondering what advantages 29" wheels give. From what I understand they are well suited to mountain biking. Are they any use on road bikes perhaps?
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What type of bikes have a steel frame with 135mm rear dropouts spacing?

I'm looking for a bike frame made of steel with a 135mm rear dropouts spacing. The reason is that I might have to cold set at ~ 138mm for a project. It could be a road bike, a mountain bike, or a ...
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Does a z-shaped cone wrench exist?

This is a massive cone, and I was under the mistaken belief that if it remains perfectly smooth, I can either overhaul it yearly, or grind it with a Dremel and repack the grease every two years, and ...
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Is it safe to ride on wheels with rusted spoke eyelets?

I bought an old Bianchi with 26" wheels and I’m finding it hard to find a replacement with max width 23 mm tires and an old 6 speed freewheel I was trying to true the wheels but the nipples where ...
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Front wheel squeak

I am wondering what is the correct solution to this problem and if I am diagnosing the problem correctly. Recently, my front wheel started squeaking once per revolution of the wheel. I tried to ...
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Wheel not straight in dropouts - can this cause brake rub?

My front wheel is not straight in the fork dropouts. It's been like this since I've bought the bike second hand a few years ago. See pictures below. I've tried installing an identically sized wheel ...
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Is 650b a better platform than 26" or 29"?

I have seen more and more reference to the 650b (27.5") mtb wheel size. Whilst I don't see any need for a new standard, does anyone know of any benefit to have a 27.5" wheel over a 26" or 29"? While ...
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Deriving formula for spoke lengths

I know that I can use online calculators or tables to determine spoke length. I also know that there are some pre-derived formulas for spoke length that I could use to calculate the spoke lengths or ...
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Help finding diameter for WTB ST i30

I need to replace my rim, and I'm hoping to rebuild the wheel myself. It would be really useful to know the ERD (effective rim diameter) of my current rim, so I can see whether a straight swap will be ...
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What can cause wheel spokes to snap in the middle?

While sitting outside with my bike next to me a spoke spontaneously snapped. What could have caused this? Even worse, after getting the spoke fixed and the wheel retrued at a bike shop, four more ...
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Can I convert a rim brake wheel to a disc brake wheel?

I recently bought some Roval SLX 24's from eBay. I made a pretty silly error and didn't check whether they were rim or disc brakes. I need them to be disc brakes. Should they be rim brakes, will ...
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Will this modern road bike hub fit in my 1990's MTB (130mm restoration)

I have a mid 1990's MTB with 130mm OLD between dropouts. In order to fit a 9 speed Hyperglide cassette I switched the wheel for a modern 135mm and removed spacers on the non drive side. Works like a ...
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Pinging sound on new radial front wheel

I just installed a new Shimano WH-RS100 radially spoked rim-brake front wheel. It was purchased new, and the shop checked it for trueness. I think they made one or two small adjustments. After putting ...
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Can I convert a WTB LaserDisc Lite hub to 15mm thru axle?

I have a pair of wheels that are WTB LaserDisc Lite quick release hubs laced into Mavic 717 rims. I would like to convert the front hub from QR to 15mm thru-axle. WTB sell replacement hub parts on ...
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Making the pedals on my kid's bike rotate when I push so he'll learn to pedal

I bought a 12" bike with support wheels for my kid. He is 2.5 years old. He is not pedaling the bike, so I push the bike from the back. The bike moves forward, the wheels rotate, but the pedals do not ...
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What is the "nipple head height" of a DT Swiss Squorx nipple?

What is the nipple head height of a DT Swiss Squorx Nipple? I am building a wheel and to calculate the ERD, I must first figure out what the "nipple head height" is. The rim of choice is a ...
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Gluing rim—rim-strip—inner-tube—tire junctions

When braking (with any kind of brakes) the tire is subjected to friction against the road. If by mistake a clincher tire has grease all around the two bead sides, it could potentially spin while the ...
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MTB BSO rear hub – bearing size dilemma

Background I am fixing up an old MTB BSO (MTBSO? Or even MBSO?). I reckon it's from the 1990s or early noughties. My ambition is to do it myself and as cheaply as possible. The fault is that the axle ...
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Stuck nut on bike axle?

I've got a bike. There is a stuck nut on the axle, and when I try twisting it.. well.. the axle turns too (obviously.). I'm trying to get it off, but it won't come off. My grandfather has a vast ...
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Hub end cap replacement for a B'TWIN Triban Aero wheel

I have a B'TWIN Triban Aero rear wheel with a Aero 28 hub on my B'TWIN Triban 520 flat-bar. Some heartless **** decided to steal my rear quick release mechanism the other day, losing/also stealing the ...
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Spacing for the front wheel on GT Agressor

I'm thinking about purchasing the NUKEPROOF HORIZON V2 FRONT WHEEL or Spank 359 vibrocore both 27.5. I'm just wondering the best wheelset for my bike and what would fit. I had an accident and my rim ...
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Which road rear hubs have 135mm O.L.D., disc brakes, are quick release and have at least 32 holes?

So, my Cannondale Synapse (2017) which I regret every day getting for causing so many different problems needs a new rear wheel. Its O.L.D. is 135mm, with disc brake, quick release and uses a Shimano ...
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Is this spoke tension too low?

I am building a wheel and it is (pretty much) perfectly dished Spoke tension calculator measurements say: However, my wheel required a lot of offset to get the dish correct. My park tool TM-1 ...
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Should I seriously consider radial lacing?

Summary: Radial lacing looks cool, but is it better? Not expecting bicycles.SE to be the right forum, I asked about the dynamics of spokes on Engineering.SE and didn't get a satisfying answer. I then ...
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Where can I find removable training wheels?

Where can I find training wheels that would fit into these slots: All the training wheels I've seen online are ones where you have to attach by removing the hex nut on the center of the back wheel. ...
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Why do modern bikes generally have two identically sized wheels?

(Basically a follow-up to Why do all road bike sizes use the same wheel size?) Why do most modern bikes have two identically sized wheels? I am aware that penny-farthing bikes have been a thing until ...
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Why do most road bike sizes use the same wheel size?

I don't understand why virtually all road bike sizes use the same wheel size. To give an example, the Pinarello Dogma F12 comes in 13 different sizes, and, as one may guess, the smallest is ...
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Bladed spokes on drive side, regular on other side

Yesterday, I checked out a Cannondale Synapse with Mavic Aksium wheels. One strange detail caught my eye - the rear wheel had bladed spokes on the drive side, and regular, cylindrical spokes on the ...
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What's the verdict on hub-less circle bicycle wheels? Sturdy and "maintenance-free"?

You've probably seen these weird hub-less bicycles, the Reevo and the Cyclotron; while they "look cool" I wonder if anyone has long term maintenance experience on these. Considering that ...
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Cannondale Ai (Asymmetric Integration) - on what bike models?

I just recently heard about Cannondale AI "dishing". What documentation I found is this. -Is it only cross and mtb models that use the AI system? I own several Cannondale bikes (CAAD9, 2010 ...
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Squelching noise from back wheel

My bike is making a weird squelching sound from the back wheel. Any idea what it might be? I made a video of the sound, it's at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zt_DAa2avX9bhJ4E-...
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What Shimano microspline rear wheel hub would fit my 26in Mavic Cross ride wheels?

Title. I purchased a new Deore 1x12 groupset without realising I would need to change the rear hub to fit the new microspline Shimano introduced a couple of years ago. What would the Shimano rear ...
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Freehub body wiggles

This is a OEM wheel from a 2014 Salsa El Mariachi Single Speed, called a "Salsa 2, Singlespeed" hub, which I believe is made by Formula. The freehub body "wiggles" (the thing that my fingers are ...
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Why do they not sell bicycles with four wheels?

In the summertime, and Fall/Autumn, and Spring, my normal, two-wheeled bicycle works perfectly well. But then there's Winter. What is normally friendly, non-slippery asphalt and grainy forest paths ...
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What is it called when a wheel has a long metal wall on its circumference?

Some bicycle wheel have a tall metal "wall" along the perimeter of the wheel (here, the wall is blue.) Other wheels don't have this: the distance between the end of the spoke and the tire is ...
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What is the purpose of the plastic disk between the cassette and the rear wheel?

There's a plastic disc between the cassette and rear wheel on my bicycle. It doesn't seem to have any effect on the actual drivetrain; but I've seen it on a number of bicycles. What is it for?
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Rear wheel jerks and wobbles while riding

I bought a Hero howler 27.5T MTB- single speed two years ago. At that time I was 120kg (265lbs) and I hadn't faced any issue while riding cycle. Then I stopped cycling for almost 2 years. I parked it ...
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Is Zipp the only company that makes variable/undulating rim depth wheels?

Zipp has a "flagship" series of wheels designated as 353, 454 or 858 NSW which have variable (aka undulating) rim depth. I'm trying to find another manufacturer who makes similarly-shaped ...
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26 inch or 29 inch wheel for hybrid road bike

I'm 5 foot 1, and I'm stuck between a two bikes one 29 inch wheel and the other 26 inch hybrid bikes (more towards road bike style) for errands around a metropolitan city. Both bikes have a small ...
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Are there different standards I should watch out for in fixed gear cog/hub compability?

I'm thinking of giving fixed gear a go on my single speed bike. Due to shortages, parts are sort of expensive and I'm thinking of sourcing cheap parts, i.e. take whatever fixed wheel I can get and ...
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Rim compatible tyre size [duplicate]

Currently I’m using 38C to 32C tyre, however i saw this marking on the rim not sure if i can go lower
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What 's the size of bearing?

What's the size of ball bearing on WH-R550 hub, is it 1/4" for the front one and rear one ? Can I replace them with 1/4" ceramic bearing ? Thanks
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Is this the sound of a free hub gone bad?

Could you please identify if this is the sound of a free hub gone bad? If it is, can I get it sorted out at a bike shop or should it be replaced?
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Should a dent in an aluminium rim be bent back into shape or left alone?

I have managed to put a small inwards dent in my aluminium mountain bike rim. I know that there are specialty tools for fixing dented rims, such as the Morningstar Rim 'Rench and the Wolftooth 8-bit ...
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What can cause the front wheel to lock up when going over a small bump?

I was going over a bump. When the front wheel hit the bump, it suddenly stopped moving, the rear wheel lifted off the ground, and I was thrown face-first onto the road. I sustained injuries to the ...
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Front wheel buzzing intermittently

Just tried fixing up a 2007 Land Rover Kaikas MTB, that cost £400 (about $530) when it was new. The front wheel makes an intermittent buzzing sound, that usually lasts around 2 - 5 seconds, and might ...

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