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Does a buckled wheel matter...?

gk141054gk141054 Posts: 175
edited July 2008 in MTB beginners
Might be a silly question but here goes....

I was wondering today, does a buckled wheel really affect Mountain bikers that much at the speeds we travel....

I don't mean massively buckled here, just slightly...

On a car at 70mph I can understand it would matter, but at 20mph on a bike?!?!

In the old days a buckled wheel would mean that the brake blocks would constantly rub on the rim causing resistance = harder work and slower speed... but with disc brakes does it matter anymore?


  • BikerbaboonBikerbaboon Posts: 1,017
    i would guess that the big issue with a MTB wheel being buckled is the loss in strength and the massive crashes that would could face from a wheel just failing on you over a small drop that a true wheel could easly handle.
    Due to the fact that wheels are not made for lateral forces that are across the spokes that would be generated from a buckle, but i could well be wong
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    if the wheel is buckled then it will fail.
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  • MilkieMilkie Posts: 377
    My rear wheel was buckled... I thought it would be ok, once it had got buckled, every little lateral force made it a lot worse.

    I noticed the rear snaking around on tarmac, and a strange traction noise, so I got it straightened.

    And yes, a buckled wheel doesnt make any difference to your disc brakes, as this is from the hub, not the spokes/rim.
  • gk141054gk141054 Posts: 175
    Cheers guys,

    Took it in this morning to be fixed anyway, but just wanted to raise the matter....

    Now rolll on Saturday :D
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