The 9 Best Chinese Carbon Road Bike Wheels (2023)

Best Chinese Carbon Road Bike Wheels: Me with my Chinese bike and multiple Chinese road bike wheelsets

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This is my selection of the best Chinese carbon road bike wheels. It includes wheelsets for rimdisc brakes, lightweight and deep-section aero wheels, and low to high-end ones.

I’ve been monitoring the Chinese carbon industry for several years already. I also tested some of these wheels, did in-depth market research, read hundreds of reviews and customer experiences, and watched hours of technical videos to save you time.

Honestly, even today, you can encounter poor-quality carbon wheels that may not be safe to ride.

That’s why I only included wheels from established and reliable manufacturers who extensively stress-test their products. Most wheels below are also UCI-approved, SGC-certified, or meet other safety standards.

All wheels are covered by warranty and are popular among riders worldwide. All manufacturers also offer international shipping.

  • The best budget Chinese carbon wheels are the Superteam UCI-approved wheels. These are one of the most affordable carbon wheels on the market, offering surprisingly good quality.
  • The best UCI-approved Chinese carbon wheels are the YOELEO SAT C50|50 PRO (also available from their European warehouse). These tubeless-ready clinchers passed strict UCI tests and are also SGS certified. They are perfect for steady efforts, flats, and crosswinds.
  • The best premium Chinese carbon wheels are the Lún (Winspace) HYPER (use CYCLISTSHUB10 discount code at winspace.cc to get 10% OFF your purchase). Based on my testing, they are stiff, responsive, well-made, and stand out with their unique finish. They are comparable with wheels from mainstream brands that are multiple times more expensive.

Continue reading to learn more about the individual wheelsets, and take advantage of the exclusive discounts I negotiated directly with the manufacturers to get even better prices.

What Are the Best Chinese Carbon Wheels?

The best Chinese carbon wheels meet quality standards like ISO 4210, are UCI approved or certified by 3rd parties. They should be covered by a warranty or a crash replacement program. Look for high stiffness, aerodynamics, lightweight, and eventually easy maintenance, depending on your preference.

All wheels below are covered by at least a 2-year warranty and were manufactured by established Chinese bicycle brands.

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Superteam UCI-approved road bike wheels

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YOELEO SAT PRO Professional Chinese Carbon Road Bike Wheels
YOELEO SAT PRO

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Also available at yoeleoeurope.com and yoeleocanada.com

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HYPER wheels Disc 50mm
Lún (Winspace) HYPER wheels Disc 50mm

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Remember, most wheels are shipped from China if you order them directly from the manufacturer. Their delivery will take several weeks, and you may have to pay import fees (learn more).

Feel free to read the buyer’s guide section if you don’t know how to choose carbon wheels.

Superteam UCI-Approved Road Bike Wheels (Best Budget)

Entry-level carbon wheels for those striving for a cheap upgrade…

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Superteam UCI-approved road bike wheels

Main Features

  • Ideal for: People looking for the most affordable Chinese carbon wheels
  • Affordable UCI-approved carbon wheels
  • Available in multiple decals colors
  • 2-year warranty

Technical Specification

  • Brake Type: Rim
  • Tires Type: Clincher
  • Weight: 1635g
  • Rim width: 25mm
  • Rim depth: 50mm
  • Rider’s weight limit: 130kg (286lb)

These Superteam UCI-approved wheels are perfect for people who want to try carbon wheels but don’t have a large budget. They are a perfect upgrade for a good price.

Based on customer reviews online, they provide excellent value for the money. They hold true, and their Powerway hubs roll smoothly.

You can choose from two decal colors – black and white. If you like colored decals, check out a similar model (with a narrower rim width of 23mm) from Superteam that is not UCI-approved.

Superteam Wheels Review: Superteam wheels on a black Giant TCR bike
Superteam Wheels on a Giant TCR – read this Superteam wheels review for more info

Please, remember they are only compatible with Shimano or SRAM cassettes. You can’t opt for Campagnolo-compatible hubs.

Their main downside is that they are not tubeless-ready, so you can only use them with a tire + inner tube.

Superteam carbon wheels come with two years warranty, skewers, brake pads, rim tape, and extra spokes + nipples.

… or read this in-depth Superteam wheels review.

Lún (Winspace) HYPER (Best Premium Carbon Wheels)

Chinese wheels that set a new benchmark…

Main Features

  • Ideal for: People who want versatile and well-made wheels and those who appreciate original rim finish
  • UCI-approved
  • Available in multiple rim depths
  • Unique ‘butterfly’ finish
  • 2-year warranty
  • Very stiff
  • Good crosswinds stability
  • Spare spokes, tubeless valves, valve extenders included
  • Tubeless rim tape is already installed

Technical Specification

  • Brake Type: Rim or disc
  • Tires Type: Clincher (tubeless-ready)
  • Weight
    • Rim brake: 38mm 1267g, 50mm 1349g, 65mm 1498g
    • Disc brake: 38mm 1343g, 50mm 1425g, 65mm 1608g
  • Rim width: 26mm (external), 19mm (internal)
  • Rim depths: 38mm, 50mm, 65mm
  • Rider’s weight limit: 135kg (300lb)

As always, I will be honest with you. HYPERs were my dream wheels because of their butterfly finish. But let’s talk about their riding characteristics for a second. I bought them to make my own opinion.

TIP: Lún introduced new HYPER 2023 wheels.

HYPERs are not the lightest but not the heaviest carbon wheels out there. They are in the sweet spot, ensuring good momentum and acceptable weight for climbing.

The crosswind stability is where HYPER could improve in future versions. It’s good, but not great.

You can also read my fully dedicated HYPER wheels review for detailed info.

They are pretty stiff, so they transfer the energy you put into every pedal stroke well. However, their stiffness makes them unsuitable for harsh roads (or you have to compensate for it with lower tire pressure).

Lún Winspace HYPER review: Both wheels leaned against each other in the park during autumn.
My Lún (Winspace) HYPER 50mm wheels – read my Lún wheels review for more info

According to an independent wind tunnel testing by HambiniEngineering, this was the fastest wheelset they have ever tested. They are faster than some Zipp, Enve, Mavic, and wheels by other mainstream brands.

You can choose the rim or disc brakes option and various rim depths (38, 50, and 65mm). You also get free worldwide shipping from winspace.cc.

HYPER wheels are covered by a 2-year warranty. Due to high demand, they are often sold out, so I recommend you don’t hesitate to purchase them if you decide to buy them.

However, no product is perfect, and even HYPER wheels have minor flaws. For example, some users reported creaking after a few rides. I didn’t experience this issue. So it seems Lún addressed it by greasing the hubs.

They also offer HYPER SE wheels, which are the same but cheaper because they have steel bearings. The HYPER 2023 have a few improvements over the HYPER 2020 version. You can read this article for more info.

If you don’t like the butterfly rim finish or want lighter wheels at a similar price point, check out Elitewheels DRIVE wheels which are even lighter and cheaper.

Use this Winspace discount code CYCLISTSHUB10 at winspace.cc or lunwheels.cc during checkout to get 10% OFF your purchase. Share this code via email

Read this in-depth comparison of HYPER and Lún Road Series wheels to learn more.

YOELEO SAT C50|50 PRO (Best UCI-Approved Carbon Wheels)

Perfect wheels for flats, steady efforts, and time trials…

Main Features

  • Ideal for: People looking for reliable and easy-to-service wheels suitable for flats and steady efforts
  • UCI-approved & SGC certified
  • A large number of types and options
  • 3-year warranty
  • Great crosswinds stability
  • Ideal for steady efforts, flats, and rolling terrain
  • Spare spokes included

Technical Specification

  • Brake Type: Rim or Disc
  • Tires Type: 23mm (clincher), 25mm (clincher, tubeless), 27mm (clincher, tubeless)
  • Weight: Around 1510g depending on rims depth, width, and hubs
  • Rim widths: 23mm, 25mm, 27mm
  • Rim depths: More depths available (recommended 50mm)
  • Rider’s weight limit: 105kg (231lb)

YOELEO produces UCI-approved wheels that you can use in official UCI events. I tested the C50|50 PRO wheels with DT Swiss 350 hubs and also the PRO 2022 with YOELEO 230 S hubs.

YOELEO wheels are perfectly true and well-made. Because they are not the lightest on the market, they have higher inertia, making them perfect for flats or rolling terrain because they maintain speed well.

They also have great crosswind stability, so if you live in a windy area, you should seriously consider them.

YOELEO SAT PRO review: YOELEO SAT C50|50 DB PRO in front of a brick wall
My YOELEO SAT PRO 50mm wheels – read my review
Rear YOELEO SAT PRO 2022 50mm wheel on my YOELEO R12 bike.
My YOELEO SAT PRO 50mm 2022 wheels – read the review

You can customize the hubs, the freehub body (Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo), and decals on the YOELEO website.

The packing of rim brake wheels includes titanium quick releases, ceramic brake pads, extra spokes, and valve extenders, which is a nice plus.

Disc brake wheels come with spare spokes only. Unfortunately, tubeless valves or rim tape are not included.

YOELEO wheels are covered by a 3-year warranty.

Use this YOELEO discount code CYCLISTSHUB on yoeleobike.com during checkout to get up to 10% OFF your purchase. It’s also applicable to YOELEO Canada, EuropeGermany, France, and Japan. Share this code via email

Combine your new wheels with these Chinese carbon road bike frames.

Farsports Ventoux S (Best High-End Carbon Wheels)

Premium wheels backed up with clever engineering…

Main Features

  • Ideal for: Racers and people who don’t compromise
  • In-house designed hubs
  • A large number of types and options
  • Meet ISO 4210 and UCI quality standards
  • 2-year warranty
  • Spare spokes included

Technical Specification

  • Brake Type: Rim or Disc
  • Tires Type: 23mm (clincher), 25mm (clincher, tubeless), 27mm (clincher, tubeless)
  • Weight: Around 1400g depending on rims depth, width, and hubs
  • Rim widths: 26mm
  • Rim depths: 35mm, 45mm, 55mm
  • Rider’s weight limit: n/a

Farsports is a less-known brand in the US and Europe. But they have specialized in developing and manufacturing carbon wheels since 2004.

I bought the Farsports Ventoux S series wheels and reviewed them. So, how did they perform?

They are stiffer than HYPERs, more stable in crosswinds, and can better maintain their momentum. They are a perfect choice for criteriums, racing, and demanding riders.

On the other hand, the unboxing experience was not as premium (as with HYPERs), and I also found some spokes tension inconsistencies.

Farsports Ventoux S review: 45mm road bike carbon wheels leaned against each other in a park.
My Farsports Ventoux S 45mm wheels – read my Farsports Ventoux S review for more info

Hambini, a former aerospace engineer and aerodynamics expert, tested the S EVO and the results were pretty positive (for Farsports).

Ventoux S are comparable to high-end wheels from mainstream brands. However, they are more affordable. Additionally:

  • They come with quality, in-house designed hubs. According to Peak Torque, an experienced engineer, these are one of the best-sealed hubs he has seen.
  • Their braking surface (rim brake option) includes Brachistochrone-curve-inspired drainage channels for effective braking in wet conditions.
  • Their spokes are made of carbon. According to Farsports, they are 34% lighter and stiffer than steel spokes.

You can also choose from:

  • Tubeless and tubular
  • Shimano, Campagnolo, or XDR hub
  • Steel or Ceramicspeed bearings

Farsports Ventoux S are available for rim or disc brakes and in various rim depths (35, 45, and 55mm).

You should not miss them if you want a pair of high-quality and premium Chinese carbon wheels.

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Elitewheels DRIVE (Best Wheels for Climbing)

Responsive, lightweight, and crosswinds-stable wheels for a surprisingly low price…

Main Features

  • Ideal for: Climbers and people who want lightweight and responsive wheels
  • Available in multiple rim depths
  • Unique ‘raw-carbon’ finish
  • 3-year warranty
  • Very stiff and agile
  • Good crosswinds stability
  • Rim tape, spare spokes, and valves included

Technical Specification

  • Brake Type: Rim or Disc
  • Tires Type: Clincher (tubeless-ready)
  • Weight: Depending on spokes and rim depth (from 1260g up to 1330g)
  • Rim width: 28mm
  • Rim depths: 40, 50, and 65 mm
  • Rider’s weight limit: 125kg (275lb)

The Elitewheels DRIVE should catch your attention if you want lightweight, responsive, and affordable road bike wheels.

Fun fact: The disc brake option is lighter than the rim brake option!

I tested their 45mm version that was discontinued to simplify their lineup.

Elitewheels DRIVE review: 45mm carbon road bike wheels leaned against each other in the park between leaves during autumn.
My Elitewheels DRIVE 45mm wheels – read my Elitewheels DRIVE review for more info

The 50mm disc brake version weighs only 1300g (1315g rim brake version), making them super agile and responsive – ideal for all punchers, climbers, or crit racers. They are like sports cars.

They come with in-house designed hubs, carbon spokes, and ceramic bearings. You will also appreciate their unique, raw-carbon finish if you like to stand out.

I am also satisfied with their stability in crosswinds. They feel almost as stable as the heavier YOELEO SAT PRO.

On the other hand, they don’t maintain speed as well because of their lower inertia. So, they are not very suitable for TTs, steady efforts, or flats.

They also differentiate themselves with the wider external rim width of 28mm, making them more suitable for increasingly popular 28 and 30mm tires.

They come with pre-installed tubeless rim tape and valves, and the spare spokes are included.

Currently, they are not UCI approved. However, based on info from Elitewheels, they applied for the UCI approval and should receive it within a few months.

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Farsports Wave

Stand out from the crowd with the wave-like rim shape – for under 1000 USD…

Main Features

  • Ideal for: People who want to stand out, flats and steady efforts
  • Great crosswind stability
  • Unique wave rim pattern
  • Available in multiple rim depths
  • Meet ISO 4210 standard
  • 2-year warranty

Technical Specification

  • Brake Type: Disc
  • Tires Type: Clincher (tubeless-ready)
  • Weight: Depending on rim depth (from 1580g up to 1660g)
  • Rim width: 31mm
  • Rim depths: 45/50mm, 55/60mm
  • Rider’s weight limit: 110kg (243lb)

I had no idea what to expect from Farsports Wave wheels. I was curious if I could notice any riding specifics due to the wave-like rim pattern.

Theoretically, they should be as fast as 50mm wheels but more stable. To be honest, I didn’t notice any riding specifics.

The truth is the wheels are stable in crosswinds, hold their momentum well, and feel comfortable.

Farsports Wave 45/50mm wheels review: Wheels shot in the park
My Farsports Wave 45/50mm wheels – read my Farsports Wave review for more info

They have Sapim CX-Ray spokes and DT Swiss 350 (or DT Swiss 240s) hubs that are widely available, so Wave wheels are the sure bet.

I enjoyed riding them on flats and in rolling terrain. However, I would avoid them for serious climbing due to their higher weight and lower responsiveness.

It’s also a shame they don’t come with pre-applied tubeless rim tape. But that’s a detail, and me being picky.

The last feature I want to highlight is the external rim width of 31mm. It ensures a pretty smooth transition between the 28mm tires, contributing to better aerodynamics.

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Lún Road Series Wheels

Sub 1000USD carbon wheels with a unique rim finish…

Main Features

  • Ideal for: People who want nice-looking and versatile wheels
  • UCI-approved
  • Available in multiple rim depths
  • Available with white or black decals
  • Pillar spokes and steel bearings OR Sapim spokes and ceramic bearings (+$100)
  • 2-year warranty

Technical Specification

  • Brake Type: Rim or Disc
  • Tires Type: Clincher (tubeless-ready)
  • Weight: Depending on spokes and rim depth (from 1396g up to 1657g)
  • Rim width: 25mm
  • Rim depths: 30, 45, and 60 mm
  • Rider’s weight limit: 120kg (265lb)

Lún Road Series wheels are more affordable than HYPERs. However, they are also UCI approved (since 2021) and about $400 cheaper than HYPERs. They also look great (or at least I like them), but the design is not the important feature most of us look for when buying a pair of carbon wheels.

As HYPERs, Lún wheels are also available in 3 rim depths (30, 45, and 60 mm) and in options for rim and disc brakes. The main difference is that Lún wheels come with steel Pillar spokes and steel bearings OR with steel Sapim spokes and ceramic bearings. The second option is for a $100 upgrade.

The Pillar aero spokes and steel bearings combine Pillar 1420 and 1432 spokes depending on the drive/non-drive side. The Sapim spokes (Sapim CX-Ray and CX-Sprint) also have an aero profile to decrease air resistance.

Although the Lún wheelsets come in different rim depths, they are about 150g heavier on average than HYPERs.

On the other hand, you can choose the decal color (white or black).

Use this Winspace discount code CYCLISTSHUB10 at winspace.cc or lunwheels.cc during checkout to get 10% OFF your purchase. Share this code via email

Check out the best Chinese road bike handlebars if you are interested in an additional upgrade to your road bike.

ICAN AERO

Affordable but well-made carbon wheels…

ICAN AERO 50mm carbon road bike wheels
ICAN AERO 50mm carbon road bike wheels (rim brake option)

Main Features

  • Ideal for: Steady efforts and rolling terrain
  • UCI approved
  • Affordable
  • Available in multiple rim depths
  • 2-year warranty

Technical Specification

  • Brake Type: Rim or disc
  • Tires Type: Clincher (tubeless-ready)
  • Weight: 1300-1650g (depending on the rim depth and type)
  • Rim width: 25mm (external), 18.3mm (internal)
  • Rim depth: Ranging from 40 to 86mm
  • Rider’s weight limit: 115kg (254lb)

Are you looking for affordable, lightweight, and tubeless-ready carbon wheels? ICAN AERO series is worth considering.

AERO is ICAN’s core series combining great value for the money. It’s inspired by the ICAN FL series.

You can choose from multiple rim depths starting at 40mm up to 86mm.

The 40mm wheels weigh around 1310g, which makes them ideal for climbing. Or, you can choose the deeper ones if you ride time trials or enjoy steady efforts on flats.

AERO wheels come with Novatec R01 hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes. They are common on entry-level wheels and easily serviceable.

The rim brake option wheels provide great braking performance, and they can tolerate up to 300°C. So, if you like long descents, you don’t have to be afraid of bad stopping power.

These wheels are also reasonably stiff, ensuring efficient power transfer.

On ICAN’s website, you can also choose the disc type (center lock or 6-bolt) and freehub (Shimano or XDR).

Use this ICAN discount code CYCLISTSHUB on www.icancycling.com during checkout to get 5% OFF your purchase. Share this code via email

You may also be interested in this selection of the best Chinese road bikes.

Farsports Kaze

Customizable wheels for those who know what they want…

Farsports Kaze Chinese Carbon Road Bike Wheels
Farsports Kaze | Source: wheelsfar.com

Main Features

  • Ideal for: People who appreciate customizability and serviceability
  • A large number of types and options
  • Excellent price-value ratio
  • Meet ISO 4210 and UCI quality standards
  • 2-year warranty

Technical Specification

  • Brake Type: Rim or disc
  • Tires Type: Clincher (tubeless-ready), tubular
  • Weights: Depending on your configuration, around 1500g
  • Rim widths: 26mm, 28mm
  • Rim depths: 25mm, 35mm, 40mm, 45mm, 50mm, 55mm, and more
  • Rider’s weight limit: 120kg (265lb)

Farsports have multiple wheel product lines. However, Kaze belongs to the most popular.

Kaze wheels are characteristic of their simple design and many options.

You can customize almost everything – from the wheel type (clincher, tubular, tubeless-ready) through rim depth, width, and finish to hubs and nipples.

These wheels are high-quality and cost a fraction of the price of mainstream brands.

Their only main disadvantage is that they are not officially UCI approved, but they meet UCI quality (and ISO 4210) quality standards.

Additionally, they are covered by a 2-year warranty.

Use this Wheelsfar (Farsports) discount code CYCLISTSHUB50 at www.wheelsfar.com during checkout to get 50 USD OFF your purchase. Share this code via email


Chinese Road Bike WheelsWeightTypeBrakesPrice RangeBuy
Superteam UCI-approved Road Bike Wheels*1635gClincherRim$Check Price
Superteam Road Bike Wheels1600gClincherRim$Check Price
Lún (Winspace) HYPER*Around 1450 depending on rim depth and typeClincher (TR)Rim or disc$$$Check Price
Use "CYCLISTSHUB10" code to get 10% OFF
YOELEO SAT C50|50 PRO*Around 1510g depending on rims depth, width, and hubsClincher (TR)Rim$$Check Price
Check Price (yoeleoeurope.com)
YOELEO SAT C50|50 DB PRO*Around 1600g depending on rims depth, width, and hubsClincher (TR)Disc$$Check Price
Check Price (yoeleoeurope.com)
Farsports Ventoux SAround 1400 depending on rim depth and typeClincher (TR) or TubularRim or disc$$$$Check Price
Use "CYCLISTSHUB150" code to get 150 USD OFF
Elitewheels DRIVEAround 1300 depending on rim depth and typeClincher (TR) or TubularRim or disc$$$Check Price
Use "CYCLISTSHUB" code to get 15% OFF
Farsports WaveAround 1600 depending on configurationClincher (TR)Disc$$Check Price
Use "CYCLISTSHUB50" code to get 50 USD OFF
Lún Road Series*Around 1500 depending on rim depth and typeClincher (TR)Rim or disc$$$Check Price
Use "CYCLISTSHUB10" code to get 10% OFF
ICAN AERO*1300-1650g depending on rim depth and typeClincher (TR)Rim or disc$$Check Price
Check Price (amazon.com)
Farsports KazeAround 1500 depending on configurationClincher (TR) or TubularRim or disc$$Check Price
Use "CYCLISTSHUB50" code to get 50 USD OFF
List of the best Chinese carbon road bike wheels with info about UCI approval, weight, type, brakes, and price range.
*UCI-approved, TR=Tubeless-ready

My Verdict

There are plenty of unbranded, cheap carbon wheelsets from China out there. Online markets are full of them.

But not all are the same quality, and sometimes you can buy a bad set of wheels that may not be safe to ride.

To avoid this, always buy carbon products from established manufacturers with strict quality assurance policies, test their products, and cover them with a warranty.

The selection above includes popular Chinese wheels that are safe to ride. The following three stand out from the rest.

  • Superteam UCI-approved wheels are the best budget Chinese carbon wheels. Their price-value ratio is excellent. Their hubs roll smoothly, and the wheels hold true. This wheelset is not the lightest but will surprise you with its quality.
  • YOELEO C50|50 (also available at yoeleoeurope.com and yoeleocanada.com) is the best UCI-approved Chinese carbon wheelset. They are tubeless ready, stiff, reliable, weigh about 1550g, and you can choose their rim width and hubs (DT Swiss).
  • Lún (Winspace) HYPER is the best premium Chinese carbon wheelset (use the CYCLISTSHUB10 code at winspace.cc to get 10% OFF your purchase). It is UCI-approved, fast, aerodynamic, lightweight, stiff, and looks unique.

How to Choose the Best Chinese Carbon Wheels?

Feel free to read this buyer’s guide, where you will find more useful information to make a wise and thoughtful decision before spending hundreds of dollars on a new wheelset.

Wheels for Disc or Rim Brakes

Today’s bikes use rim or disc brakes. You can’t buy wheels for disc brakes and use them on a bike with rim brakes.

These two types of wheels differ from each other. Wheels for rim brakes use quick release, and wheels for disc brakes use a through-axle (also called thru-axle).

Quick release vs. Through Axle side by side
Quick release vs. through axle (thru-axle)

Clincher vs. Tubular vs. Tubeless

Wheels (and their rims) exist in 3 types – clincher, tubular, and tubeless.

Illustration of different types of wheel profiles (clincher vs. tubular vs. tubeless)
Clincher vs. Tubular vs. Tubeless Tires

Below, I explain what tires they are compatible with and their advantages and disadvantages.

Clincher

Clinchers are the most widespread type of wheels/tires. The tire is supported by an inner tube made of rubber or latex.

This type of wheel is “user-friendly” in terms of maintenance. It is much easier to replace the inner tube or tire with clincher wheels than tubular or tubeless tires.

The downside is that they are more prone to puncture because they won’t allow you to inflate lower pressures (as tubular or tubeless do). They also may feel slower due to higher overall weight.

NOTE: If the wheels are ‘clincher tubeless-ready,’ you can use them with tubeless tires (read more).

Tubular

Tubular tires are more common among professionals. But some hobby riders use them too because they allow you to inflate lower pressures. This means they are more puncture-resistant and more comfortable.

The downside of tubular tires is that they are more difficult to maintain – you have to glue them on wheels. This can be messy and difficult work for beginners.

Tubeless

Tubeless tires are the most modern ones. Tubeless-ready wheels allow you to use a tube-free tire because they use sealant instead of the inner tube.

The main benefit of tubeless tires is their self-repairing feature – the sealant fills out small holes.

These tires also allow you to inflate lower pressures, making them more comfortable and less prone to puncture.

Their downside is that they are a little bit more expensive than clincher tires and more difficult to replace.

Wheel/TireProsCons
Clincher• Easy to replace
• Easy to repair
• More prone to puncture
• Heavier than tubular or tubeless
Tubular• Allows very low and high tire pressure
• Less prone to puncture
• Lightweight
• Difficult to replace
• Difficult to repair
• More expensive than clincher
Tubeless• Allows lower tire pressure
• Self-repairing capability (sealant
fills out small holes, quality sealant required)
• Tricky installation without an air compressor
• Difficult to replace
• Difficult to repair
• More expensive than clincher
Pros & cons of clincher, tubular, and tubeless wheels/tires
Sources: cyclistshub.com, theproscloset.com, cyclingtips.com

Rim Depth

The shape and the depth of the rim influence aerodynamics and the overall speed.

The general rule of thumb is that the deeper rims, the more aerodynamic and faster wheels. Of course, other factors like spokes, wind direction, etc., also affect wheel efficiency.

Rim depth vs aerodynamics (the deeper wheels, the more aero)
Rim depth vs. aerodynamics

If you are a techie and want to learn more about wheel aerodynamics, I recommend watching the following video by Hambini.

In addition, I recommend reading my article on the pros and cons of aluminum vs. carbon wheels.

Rim Width

The rim width also affects, among other things, how wide the tires you can fit on the bike.

Trifox WT11 rim profile.
Wheel’s rim profile and width

In general, wider, high-volume tires are more comfortable. In the past, riders used narrow (19mm or 20mm) tires on their road bikes.

But over time, studies have shown that wider rims and tires (25mm and 28mm) are faster, more comfortable, and more efficient.

Illustration of the inner and outer wheel rim width
Rim inner & outer width

The rim width is given as the inner rim width. However, the outer width is also important for road cycling because aerodynamics plays an important role.

You should choose the tire width based on the ‘Rule of 105:’

The Rule of 105 states that the rim must be at least 105% the width of the tire if you have any chance of re-capturing airflow from the tire and controlling it or smoothing it. (Source)

In other words, if the outer rim width is 29.4mm, you should use 28mm tires to maximize aerodynamic benefits.

However, you probably won’t notice the differences if you don’t ride professionally.

Tire WidthMinimum Rim Width
20 mm21 mm
21 mm22.05 mm
23 mm24.15 mm
25 mm26.25 mm
28 mm29.4 mm
Tire width and minimum rim width based on the Rule of 105

Weight

Carbon wheels are lighter than aluminum wheels. There is no doubt about that. But how much should a pair of good Chinese carbon wheels weigh?

The short answer is around 1500g.

YOELEO SAT DB PRO 2022 rear wheel on a kitchen scale, showing the weight of 816g.
YOELEO SAT DB PRO 2022 rear wheel weight

The wheelset weight, of course, also depends on the rim depth, rim type, hubs, etc. I compared different wheels and wheel types in the table below.

Hubs

High-quality hubs are often overlooked features of wheels. But they are as important as quality spokes, rims, etc.

In the end – hubs are the thing that spins. And as my friend says, “what spins on the bike has to be high-quality.”

Hubs differ from each other by weight, bearings, construction, etc.

Most Chinese wheelsets come with certain hubs, so you can’t choose hubs from a different brand, for example.

Yet, some Chinese brands allow you to customize your wheelset, so you can choose more expensive over cheaper hubs if you can spend extra money.

The question is: Will you be able to notice the difference in speed or durability? For some people, the “hub sound” is more important than the riding characteristics.

Stiffness

Stiffness is one of the most abstract features of wheels. Yes, it can be quantified, but how do you know if the wheels are stiff or 5% stiffer?

When it comes to stiffness, if you ride on a super smooth racing circuit-like surface, the stiffer, the better, but most of us are unlucky, and our local roads are bumpy and full of potholes.

In that case, it’s good if the wheels aren’t too stiff. They can better absorb vibrations, and the ride is then more comfortable.

Ultimately, it also boils down to your weight and personal preference. Heavier riders should go for stiffer wheels so that when they ride out of the saddle (or accelerate), the wheels won’t flex.

Spokes

There are multiple spoke types. Here are two basic categories:

Spokes Shapes
  1. Rounded (straight gauge) spokes are the most common and affordable. They are used on low-end and budget wheels. But, they are less aero and stiff than bottled or bladed spokes.
  2. Buttled spokes are a compromise between rounded and bladed spokes.
  3. Bladed spokes are the most aerodynamic. They are also stronger but can compromise crosswind stability.
Spokes Materials

When choosing road bike wheels, you will encounter steel or carbon spokes.

  1. Steel spokes are more affordable and common than carbon spokes but are not as durable.
  2. Carbon spokes are stiffer, have higher tensile strength, and are about 60% lighter than steel spokes. On the other hand, they are more expensive and more difficult to buy.

See the following video explaining the benefits of carbon spokes.

Nipples

Once marginal gains stack up, they make a difference. One of these marginal gains is how much the spoke nipples are exposed.

There are 3 basic types of spoke nipple exposures:

  1. Fully-exposed nipples are the most common and great for maintenance but are the worst for aerodynamics.
  2. Half-exposed nipples are less common than fully-exposed nipples. They are good for maintenance and aerodynamics. It’s a great compromise between the other two.
  3. Hidden nipples are the best for aerodynamics but the worst for maintenance (you have to take off the tire if you want to adjust spoke tension).
Detail on fully-exposed spoke nipples of carbon wheels
Fully-exposed spoke nipples
Detail on half-exposed spoke nipples of carbon wheels
Half-exposed spoke nipples
Detail on hidden spoke nipples of carbon wheels
Hidden spoke nipples

Other Features to Consider

Weight limit – wheels have their weight limits. If you are a heavier rider (no offense), make sure you don’t buy wheels with a low weight limit. You could damage them; in the worst-case scenario, they can fail, and you crash.

Cassette compatibility – Shimano and SRAM cassettes are interchengeable. But if you plan to use the Campagnolo groupset, ensure the hub is compatible.

What is included in the package – Carbon wheels often come with rim tape, valve extender, brake pads, extra spokes, etc. These small “things” are a nice detail that will save you time and money because you don’t have to order them separately.


Chinese Carbon Wheels FAQ


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13 thoughts on “The 9 Best Chinese Carbon Road Bike Wheels (2023)”

  1. Fantastic guide to China carbon wheels, with the prices so good compared to big brands I can now consider a set.

    1. Hi Stuart, I am glad you like it!
      Yes, the price-value ratio is pretty good even after including eventual shipping costs and import fees. With the increasing number of reviews online, I believe Chinese carbon will become more popular.
      What wheelset do you consider?

  2. Hi Petr, I am considering 2 things now… Which one would you choose? Hyper wheels or Superteam Curved Pro with Hubsmith Ceramic bearing?

    1. Hi Michael,
      I tried to find the Superteam Curved Pro wheels online but except from one video, there is no information about them out there. Therefore, I recommend buying HYPERs if you are deciding between these two. There are plenty of excellent reviews about them on YouTube.
      YOELEO SAT DB PRO wheels are similar in the price range (around 1000 USD), UCI approved, and very well built. They just don’t look as cool as HYPERs, in my opinion. 🙂

      – Petr

    1. Hi, Gabriel (Ahoj!),
      I am glad you like it. 🙂
      CSC sells budget to mid-range wheelsets. The budget ones are ridiculously cheap (under $300), so I would avoid them. Yes, they have good reviews online, although on websites like AliExpress. However, it is better to take them with a grain of salt.
      I like the possibility of customization, and it is positive you can order directly from their website.
      Make sure to keep an eye on CyclistsHub.com. Tomorrow, I publish a review of a Chinese frame with these wheels. You will see them in real pictures. 🙂
      – Petr

      1. I have a pair of 38mm CSC and they seem to be holding up just fine with NovaTech straight pull hubs. I am actually about to order a 50mm with hidden nipples and Sapim spokes.

        You shouldn’t judge something by its price alone if you have not tested it… So to all the readers out there please disregard this guy’s comments without sustained data or testing like my fellow engineer Hambini.

        1. Hi Luis,
          Thanks for your comment. I just told Gabriel what I would do. He (and other readers) are free to buy whatever products they want. 🙂 I think you will agree that $300 carbon wheels raise eyebrows. If you have a positive experience with them, then great!
          Maybe I get my hands on them one day. But it’s not in my capacity to test and have data for all products.
          – Petr

  3. Hi Petr, I bought the YOELEO SAT 50/50 PRO – with DTSWISS 240HUBS. When I received them both were untrue and the dishing was not correct either. The feedback on my mails to YOELEO was all the time that I had to send them pictures and videos.
    The rear wheel is not completely round (variation of +/-1.5mm). There was no help at all from them – for wheels I would NOT recommand them. Bestr egards,

    1. Hello Gerhard,
      I am very sorry to hear about that. Did you send them a video or some pictures? I have YOELEO SAT PRO 50/50 DB with DT Swiss 350 Hubs, and I was impressed how on point they are (review coming out soon).
      Anyway, feel free to contact me directly using this form, and I will help you move it forward.

      – Petr

    1. Hello Maitram,
      yeah, it seems they are the same just without the decal. Pick the ones you like. Hubs, spokes, and rims will most likely be the same. 🙂
      To support Cyclists Hub, please, click on any of my affiliate links before you purchase. No additional costs for you. 😉
      Thank you!
      – Petr

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