Over to you: are wider rims marketing hype or a real-world benefit?

Speed, stability and traction, or just a reason to spend more money?

In a new regular series for BikeRadar, we want to hear from you, dear reader. We'll come up with an interesting discussion topic, controversial opinion or maybe one of our own horror stories, and ask you to share your experiences in the comments below. Don't hold back, tell us what you really think!

This week, we want to know your thoughts on the topic of wider rims — marketing hype or real-world benefit?

We're being told that wider rims and tyres have a range of positive benefits

We're being told that wider rims and tyres have a range of positive benefits that include lower rolling resistance and better control. But with ne17mm, 19mm, even 21mm on road wheels and 30mm plus and growing on mountain bikes, the array of new products is dizzying as are the number of articles and discussions around whether these new wider rims can give you the edge. 

So over to you. Are these bigger rim widths a genuine cycling innovation providing speed, stability, traction and other benefits, or are they just another piece of bike industry marketing getting us to spend our hard-earned cash. Have you bought in, or opted out? And what do you think about other new industry standards? Let us know in the comments below…

Aoife Glass

BikeRadar Women Contributor, UK
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
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