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Wheels - Have you damaged a wheel?

By Chitts - Posted on 09 January 2014

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

I am looking at getting a spare set of wheels to save my lovely carbon hoops for races, but it occurred to me that I probably only need to get a rear wheel as I would assume that wheel damage is on the rear 95% of the time as it bears the vast bulk of the weight. No point in wasting cash unnecessarily.

Do you agree or disagree?

[Mod. moved to MTB gear - you're talking about MTB wheels, right?]


My history is 2 ruined rears, 1 front. My conclusions: Rear is more likely to fail due to wear / tear type stress. Front probably more likely due to stacking... Smiling

I'm sure Steve01 will have some good stats on broken wheels Eye-wink

Ive destroyed a front after a mistimed jump and had a rear die after pulling the spoke eyelets out of the rim.
So I'd suggest a set. Anyway if you do any marathon racing it doesn't hurt to have a spare set to cover you for any tire damage durin the race. Discovered this the hard way after tearing a sidewall at the jetblack24 and lost a heap of time trying to get another tubeless tire to seat.

If you have a good set of carbon wheels, they should last longer than you'll need, unless you crash and kill them.

I do the opposite, and always have when racing years back.

MTB has a set of Enve AM wheels that are still as true as when they came out the box, despite a year of unintentionally trying to destroy them. I have a set of XTR's spare should disaster strike.

Same on the road bike, despite having over a dozen sets, my every day wheels are 50mm carbon tubular.

If you only race on your good wheels, in ~3-5 years you have slightly used, old technology wheels that you probably couldn't give away.

I have bent and rebuilt two front wheels, so I would not agree.

Front wheels cop the most. Rear wheels wear out and go out of true easiest, but to taco a rear is harder because you need to land sideways. Landing a front sideways is as easy as steering the handlebar in the air then landing on it - a front wheel won't survive weight bearing landing when it's 45o off.

Maybe 3 front tacos to one of what I've seen

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