Best gravel bike wheels 2024: options for your gravel or adventure bike

The best gravel bike wheels will handle the rough stuff comfortably

Gravel Week
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Finding the best gravel bike wheels used to mean choosing from a rather narrow selection of suitable cyclocross, touring or cross country mountain bike wheels.

Fortunately the popularity of all things gravel has forced the industry to sit up and listen. The result is a plethora of gravel-specific wheels created to meet the demands of today’s rider.

Do you need wheels for smooth gravel or do you find you spend more time hurling your gravel bike down chunky fire roads and singletrack? Perhaps you’re planning on entering a gravel race and need something fast and light? Or maybe you’re off on a multi-day bikepacking trip and require wheels that are close to bombproof?