There are two main types of wheel in the market include alloy wheel and spoke wheel. Let’s take a look at the two types of wheels, their advantages and disadvantages.
Spoked wheels are more durable than single-piece cast wheels, They are widely used on off-road bikes, enduros and dirt bikes. Motrike off-road recumbent like M-F010E, F326, F420E, and F426E use conventional spoke wheels.
Advantages: When a recumbent cycle hits a sharp bump while off-roading, the shock is transferred through the wheels and tires before being absorbed by the suspension. If the wheels aren’t flexible enough, they tend to bend or crack. Then spoked wheels come in: they are designed to bend, flex and handle impacts to a certain degree, letting you deal with different terrains with ease. Spoked wheels are also easy to repair, as replacing individual parts is simple and inexpensive.
Disadvantages: The spoke wheels use an inner tube so that fixing punctures troublesome and time-consuming as the entire wheel assembly needs to be taken off. Apart from this, fixing a loose or broken spoke still requires human intervention.
Most of the alloy wheels are used on performance-oriented bikes and budget-friendly commuter bikes. Since they are more affordable to manufacture and more rigid compared to spoked wheels.
Advantages: The rigidity alloy wheels can endure high horsepower and torque. As a result, they are more stable at high speeds. Its unflexing nature also makes them better and more consistent at high cornering speeds. Alloy wheels is tubeless, thus simplifying tire changes and puncture repairs.
Disadvantages: The biggest disadvantage of alloy wheels is the fact that it doesn’t flex. Consequently, when the wheel hits a sharp bump or pothole at high speeds, it tends to dent or crack. Unfortunately, they can’t be fixed and need to be replaced altogether.