Jones Precision Wheels works with a variety of different wheel rim materials, and while carbon fiber rims are the latest craze, it doesn’t mean you should ditch the classic alloy wheel rim that can be just as good as the carbon.
Here’s a short primer that will identify some strengths and shortcomings of aluminum and carbon rims for both Road and Off-Road usage. Carbon rims are still significantly more expensive, although the gap is slowly narrowing.
There are many stories illustrating the gradual improvement in bicycle design, but I want to narrow the focus and talk a little about the progress that rear hubs have made since the 1970’s; in particular, rear hubs designed for derailleur systems.
Gravel bikes are currently a popular choice for riders seeking a do-everything machine; but can a road bike do what a gravel bike can do? Yes, for the most part. It just takes a little practice and an appetite for adventure.