Singletrack Unscripted – Talking about wheels

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Wheels. Are they the single most important component on your bike? Hmm… hard to say. A bicycle is a system after all. It needs things working together to function at all. But safe to say that wheels are almost certainly in the upper echelons of importance.

The well-worn cliche of investing in decent wheels still holds true. They may not be as overly exciting as something with loads of bells and whistles – suspension basically – but a decent wheelset will give back to you with every revolution.

In this video, Hannah and Benji chat about what they think is worth spending money on with wheels. They also talk about what really is not worth splashing the cash on.

Carbon versus aluminium? Wide versus trad? Proprietary spokes versus regular. Loud versus quiet freehubs? Well-sealed versus low-drag? Are fast engaging freehubs actually a bad idea? Is there still a place for a bespoke(!) wheel-build from a bike shop?

Hoops mon! Let’s chat…

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Orange Switch 6er. Stif Squatcher. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. Ebikes are not evil. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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