Will your next wheels be made of carbon or aluminium?
In this article we will try to provide you a piece of information in order to make a more conscious choice!
Technological development is going really fast, nowadays wheels and components offer better and better performances. The advent of carbon to make wheels has raised a real debate. The matter is: Why should we rely (or not) on carbon rather than more reliable aluminium?
Let’s analyze together the different technical features of both materials and let’s try to find an answer.
- A higher lightness compared to most materials
- Great mechanical qualities for this usage (ductile, resistant, easy to handle)
- In case of bumping it could warp, BUT it can be often brought back to its original shape.
- Considering the same weight, it has a better resistance compared to aluminium
- Excellent rigidity and absorption of vibrations
- Once it has reached the maximum stress point, it breaks
- It’s really hard to repair once it’s broken
Now that you know a bit more about their features, you could easily get that a carbon rim could be realized of the same weight of an aluminum one, in this case it will have a greater resistance
This seems to be the shared direction of the MTB wheel’s world and Noxon has XC and gravity wheels with a weight really similar to the one of the aluminum counterparts, but with much better riding characteristics.
Carbon, depending on the fibers’ disposition could have a great elasticity or a high sturdiness. We look for the best compromise to create sturdy and reliable wheels, able to ensure a riding precision impossible to reach with aluminum rims.
In the Cross Country race wheels like Nitro Carbon have to guarantee perfect lines in the more technical sections, reactive pedaling transmission and an extraordinary reliability as well.
The only limit of using carbon is the kind of break it undergoes. Beside its higher stress point compared to the aluminum wheels, once it has reached it, fibers will break and the wheel will be no longer usable.
To summarize, an aluminum wheel will deteriorate more easily but it will be almost always possible to repair it.
- In case of really heavy or aggressive riders, it is better going for aluminum models (they are less expensive in case of mistakes that could damage the bike).
- For all the other riders, carbon technology applied to MTB wheels has never been so on the cutting edge, if you want to take your bike to the next level, there’s no better choice than investing on quality wheels.