Types of Wheels – Alloy Rims, Steel Wheels, Carbon Fibre Rims

These aforementioned wheels differ from each other depending on their durability and appearance. Now before much ado, we’ll be listing the pros and cons of these types of tyre.

Alloy Rims:

Pros

Alloy rims are lighter than steels.
Alloy has better acceleration and agile performance as compare to its counterpart steel.
Wheels made up of the alloy can be customised into various sizes and designs.
Alloy rims are less in weight that’s why less strain on the suspension components.
Better at dispersing heat away from the brake components as compared to steel wheels.
Cons
Alloy rims break easily as compared to steel wheels.
Alloy wheels are vulnerable to cosmetic damage due to acid cleaners and saltwater corrosion.
Steel Rims / Steel Wheel:
Pros

Steel rims are expensive than alloy wheels.
Steels are easy to repair.
Steels bite road well as compare to alloy wheels; thus, they perform better in hard weather conditions such as in snowy areas.
As compare to alloy wheels greater force is needed to bend or break steel wheels.
For steel wheels, cosmetic damages are not a big concern.
Cons
Steel rims give a low or poor performance in summers.
Agility and performance of the vehicle are dampened when using steel wheels.
Carbon Fibre Rims:
Now, before discussing the pros and cons of carbon fibre rims let us give you some information regarding them. Firstly, these are not commonly used wheels. They are mostly used for bicycles. Many cyclists and amateur racers use these tires in their races because of their impact and advantage in races. A wheel performs better if it is lightweight and that’s what carbon-fibre offers you. They are lightweight yet strong.

Pros

these rims are stiffer than aluminium wheels.
this wheel is lightweight.
Aluminium wheels have better aerodynamics as compare to carbon-fibre wheels but the way carbon-fibre wheels are used, they make more aerodynamics. Carbon-fibre wheels do this due to the carbon in it which guides the air thus resulting in less drag.
Carbon rims have more sporty and trendy looks as compare to other wheels
Cons
These wheels have bad braking qualities.
Even though they are strong and stiff yet in a lethal crash they break easily as compared to aluminium rims which bend upon the crash.
Expensive.
The rim of carbon-fibre wheels become less stiff compared to alloy rims when the temperature increase between 180-200 degrees hence heat resistance varies in carbon-fibre wheels.

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