Best budget MTB wheelset: budget wheels that boost mountain bike performance on the trail

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Best budget MTB wheelset: budget wheels that boost mountain bike performance on the trail

A wheel upgrade has long been said to be one of the best aftermarket purchases you can make to improve the overall ride quality of your mountain bike, and it’s a statement Bike Perfect totally agrees with! But, depending on your demands, riding discipline, riding style and even your stature, deciding the best upgrade option isn't always straightforward. The best mountain bike wheels can cost serious money, the good news is there’s a myriad of affordable wheelset options available regardless of the rim width, wheel size, weight and longevity stats you’re looking for, and this guide to the best budget MTB wheelsets outlines those that offer maximum performance with minimum outlay. To get more news about carbon fiber wheels, you can visit zpebicycle official website.

But what do you actually need to be looking for when choosing your next MTB wheelset? Jump to the bottom to see the things to consider when buying your next set of wheels or keep scrolling for Bike Perfect’s choice of best budget MTB wheelsets. DT Swiss are renowned for making some of the best mountain bike wheels on the market and the E1900 uses filter down technology to make an enduro wheelset that far outperforms its supremely affordable price tag.

Sporting a 30mm inner rim diameter means all tires from 2.4in-2.6in widths pump up with a near-perfect tire profile. It comes fully tubeless-ready and we find the DT Swiss system to be one of the easiest and most reliable systems to work with.

Built around the DT Swiss 370 hub model means a standard 3 pawl spring engagement propels things forward. Whilst the system works great there is a brief lag before the engagement hits, however, it’s worth noting it can be upgraded to DT Swiss’ ratchet engagement system to further boost performance and general reliability – certainly something to keep in mind when service time comes around. The hubs are centre lock too, but the wheels are supplied with converters if you’re already running six-bolt rotors.

On the trail, the overall feel of the E1900’s perfectly balances stiffness and compliance whilst always remaining totally comfortable without showing the slightest sign of unwanted flex or vague trail tracking quirks. The E1900’s are one of the best performing enduro wheelsets available, regardless of the price. If we rode the Race XC wide’s prior to looking at the price tag we wouldn’t believe this level of feel and performance was available for under £400. Fitting the XC Wide’s breaths life into your bike with its top dollar feel and agility boosting acceleration and control.

At a smidge over 1500g, the XC wide’s see a massive weight saving (probably around 500g!) over most original manufacture aluminum options. If you’re an XC racer, or just someone who loves enthusiastically hammering out the miles, the reduced weight advantages are massive. It’s not just the low weight that makes them so great either as the high quality and tautly built construction transfers power without any wind-up loss and with some compliance built into the rim, they always remain comfortable and predictably track aggressive off-camber lines with ease. This extra forgiveness makes them a great choice for hardtails too where any extra comfort is highly valued.

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