Best road bike wheels reviewed and rated: disc and rim wheelsets to supercharge your ride

Our complete guide to what to look for in the best road bike wheels, including the type of rim, the material, and the depth you should go for

Image shows cyclist riding deep section carbon wheels
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It goes without saying: the right set of road bike wheels make all the difference in performance, aerodynamics and overall riding experience.

However wheels are often an area where bike manufacturers economise to meet a price point. Even some of the best road bikes are sold with wheels that don't maximize the bikes full potential.

Developments in cycling technology such as disc brakes, carbon rims  and tubeless tires has allowed engineers more freedom in their designs and all of these features are now commonplace in many of today's wheelsets. 

Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.