The cyclist’s choice of road cycling rims is a choice that will support his for her ascent to the championship or descent towards road rash. This is a choice that has safety, performance, and more subtle technical qualities at play that affect comfort and joy in cycling. Rims are a large factor in how long the wheel lasts on the road, and its resiliency when faced with the cyclist’s weight, and momentum against a sudden need to stop.
One of the bicycle rim’s major functions is to ensure proper handling despite the dangerous implications of the laws of physics. Cycling should be about enjoying movement, and the tires should certainly be in no position to detract from that. For this reason, consumers are likely to notice that rims are starting to come out with wider bases to better combat turbulence and allow for maximum speed with minimal instability.
Another development in the cycling industry that can impact a cyclist’s decision in rim is whether or not to go tubeless. Tubeless tires are becoming all the rage these days, making the bicycle rim industry have to adapt new compatible rims. Tubeless tires do, by several accounts, help improve speed. The consumer is, however, left with a little bit of a heavier rim to fit with the tubeless tires, though this potential downside is minimizing as advancements are made in the industry.