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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vittoria Corsa Tyre impossible to mount on LightBicycle Rim

After much incredibly fruitless painstaking efforts to mount the tyre, I am ready to try anything. My rims are LightBicycle Falcon Wheelset AR56 Road/CX RR56C03. (rim brakes) External Rim Width: 28mm ...
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Do I need to replace the tire or just the innertube? And tire size question

I just got into cycling and I got a puncture yesterday. Regarding the puncture, I found 3 small shards of glass going through the tire and into the inner tube, now that I've removed them do I still ...
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New wheel for vintage Bianchi

I'm refurbishing a mid-'80s Bianchi Sport road bike. I got it on Craigslist. Front wheel is original, Araya 27x1, 32h. Rear wheel is 700c, Matrix Aurora with a mountain bike hub and a nasty bounce ...
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Repairing the rear drivetrain of an old road bike (issues with 7 speed)

My 7-speed freewheel (13-21t) needs replacing as it is very worn, yet it won't come off the wheel (it's stuck, the bike shop could not get it off). Since the rear wheel is old, for tubular tyres, and ...
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Structural Stability of Carbon Rim

I recently purchased some carbon rims for my road bike and there appears to be some buldging forming around the rim. I'm no expert in carbon fibre and I was wondering whether the wheel is still safe ...
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Which Valve Stem do I need for Bontrager Kovee TLR wheels?

I just bought a Trek Marlin 7 for my wife, and it came with Bontrager Kovee TLR wheels, with tubes inside them. I'm trying to convert them to tubeless, but am having issues finding valve stems that ...
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When I have my back brake fully on my rear wheel rocks back and forth

When I have my back brake fully on my rear wheel rocks about an an 1" back and forth? My other bikes have no play.
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Rear wheel centered at seatstays but offset at chanstays

Built up a new bike. All components are new and unused. As title suggests, rear wheel sits right in the middle of two seatstays (checked with ruler and vernier caliper) but is off by ~3mm at ...
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How to straighten wheels on unbalanced forks dropout with quick release?

In mass consumer bicycles it is often the case that the forks dropouts are not perfectly aligned with each other; this results in the wheel not being aligned with respect the fork and being tilted to ...
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Flexibility of exchanges between 700c and 29″, and between 650b and 27.5″

TL;DR How do I explain to a budding cycling enthusiast the flexibility afforded by switching tires between 700c and 29″, and between 650b and 27.5″ wheels/tires? Rather than let the nice folks ...
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Can I use a 272mm spoke in place of a 275mm?

I'm currently building my first wheel and I've used prowheelbuilder.com to calculate what spokes I need to use, which is Left 275.8, Right 275.7 for the rear wheel, and Left and Right 275 for the ...
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Durability of road bike (25mm tyres, 15mm i.d. rims, 32 spoke wheels) for commuting

road cycling beginner here. I have recently bought an old road bike for commuting and some training. It has 32 spoke wheels on Shimano Sora hubs, 15mm internal diameter rims (Slovak manufacturer, V ...
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Why is my handlebar wobbling like this?

My bike has recently started behaving strangely when I ride no-handed. When I let go of the bars, they are stable, but quickly develop a wobble which becomes quite violent. I put my hands on the bars ...
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How much wobble is too much?

My back wheel has a really small wobble maybe a millimeter of movement if you push it sideways, it is barely noticeable but you can definitely feel it. Should the wheel be completely solid or is a ...
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Thru axle impossible to remove with multitool

An orbea carbon road bike has 20Nm marked on both front and rear thru axles (6mm hex) for the wheels. This is fine in most cases, however impossible to remove with a multitool when getting a puncture ...
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I have 27 inch wheels. Will any other tube sizes fit?

I have a bike that has 27x1 1/4 (32-630) wheels. What other tubes will fit?
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How do i determine the length, diameter & if my road bicycle spokes are single or double butted spokes. Help so i can order correct size nipples

I have a Miyata "Three Ten - Red Head" model road bike, but both front and rear wheels are not the original wheels for the bike. There is no name, size or marking of any kind at all on ...
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Accident from front wheel locking up on brand new bike

I purchased a brand new hybrid bike with mechanical disk brakes a few weeks ago I have ridden the bike for a few weeks without any issues on city streets with potholes and elevations from bridges I ...
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