This company will make mech hangers for anyone's bike, even if it loses money

Wheels Manufacturing says that it makes over 250 rear derailleur hanger designs – and that’s nowhere near all the possible options

The bike industry is a funny beast. Some parts are – or used to be – very standard, like wheel sizes for road bikes, while others have a mad proliferation of different designs. None can be madder than derailleur hangers.

All they do is attach a rear mech with a standard thread to the rear right corner of your bike. But break your mech hanger and you will be presented with a bewildering array of potential replacements. Why use an existing design when you can invent a new one?

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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.