If you’re shopping around for a new set of mountain bike wheels, it’s going to be really important to make sure that they’ll be compatible with all your equipment.

The first thing to check is what size wheel your bike needs. Mountain bikes come with different size wheels, which is determined by the frame size. 26″, 29″ and 27.5″/650B frames all require the appropriately sized wheel, so double check your frame before you buy.

The next thing to check is your brake system. Most mountain bikes either come with disc brakes or rim brakes. Disc brakes apply braking force to a rotor independent of the wheel, while rim brakes apply force directly to the wheel rim. If you have disc brakes, check whether they are center lock or 6-bolt.

The last thing to consider is hub type. This will depend on two questions: first, how many speeds does your bike have? 8/9/10-speed hubs should work with most drivetrains out there, but newer 1×11 systems will require an 11-speed driver body. Second, what kind of skewers, or what are your axle widths? There are a few different types and sizes of skewers and axle widths used on mountain bikes, including thru-axle and quick release, and different rear spacings, so make sure you pick a wheel that has the right freehub and axle type.

Obviously, there’s a lot of things to consider so to get more detailed information, check the in-depth article on our Learning Center. http://learn.performancebike.com/bikes/advice/buyers-guides/tires-tubes-and-wheels

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