Retro Wheels vs New Wheels – How Have Modern Bicycle Wheels Evolved?

Retro Wheels vs New Wheels – How Have Modern Bicycle Wheels Evolved?

Are modern wheels better than old school wheels? We took a couple of sets out on the road to compare.


A lot has changed in the field of wheel design. Much of this change has come about thanks to advances in carbon fibre engineering, allowing wheels to be lighter and stiffer than their aluminium forefathers.

Fewer spokes, wider tyres and deeper section rims have come as a result of a greater investment in the study of bike aerodynamics. 19mm tyres are now pretty much unheard of for professionals and amateurs alike these days.

Retro Wheels vs New Wheels – How Have Modern Bicycle Wheels Evolved?

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