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What Are Bike Rims And Spokes?

The bike rim is the external edge of the wheel that holds the bike tire. Rims are one of the most essential bike components that have a significant effect on your riding experience, speed, and ability to absorb impacts. For road and trail riding disciplines, lightweight and stiff road bike rims reduce rational weight hence help you go faster with less effort. However, for high level biking adventurers such as BMX and DownHill MTB racing, the mountain bike rim must be wide and strong to sustain the difficult terrains without folding. Shimano, Sram, Mavic, DT Swiss, and RockShox are the leading brands that offer the best quality rims and spokes for bikes.
Bike spokes are thin rods that radiate from the centre of the wheel. Generally, the more spokes a bike wheel has, the more weight will be spread and the stronger the wheel should be. On the other hand, fewer dirt bike spokes means the wheel is lightweight. Hence the manufacturer should strike a balance between optimum strength and weight of the wheel.
Spokes come in a wide range of lengths to suit the various range of wheel sizes and styles on the market. The right spoke type for your wheel greatly depends on two main things, the size of the wheel and the intended riding type. Some common types of spokes are; Straight gauge spokes, single butted spokes, double butted spokes, aero bladed spokes, and straight pull spokes.

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