Best road bike wheels: Our pick of the best wheelset upgrades

Of all the components that can affect the character of a bike, wheels arguably have the best ability to make or break the way a bike rides. The best road bike wheels can all but transform your ride from sluggish and difficult to lively and exciting.

A light and stiff (but not too stiff) wheel will make your bike feel like it’s gliding up a climb, help you effortlessly hold speed along the flats, and also improve steering accuracy. High-quality hubs keep things spinning along for years with a bit of elbow (or waterproof) grease here and there, and, most importantly, keep the elements out.