Monday, July 23, 2018

Types of Wheels - Alloy Wheels, Steel Wheels & Carbon Fibre Wheels

There are three types of wheels. Check out the pros and cons of alloy, steel and carbon fibre wheels.
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Wheels have always been a debate among the automobile enthusiasts, and this debate seems to have no end. Pakwheels has always tried it's best to enlighten our readers with the blogs concerning the wheels, factor affecting their activity, ageing etc. In this article, we’ll be discussing alloy rims, steel and carbon fibre wheels. People tend to spend a lot on buying quality wheels for their vehicles. Worldwide, there are currently, three types of wheels i.e. steel, alloy and carbon fibre. Steel and alloy wheels are mostly used while carbon-fibre wheels are rarely used in regular road cars.

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 wheels.

Alloy Rims / Alloy Wheels:


  • Alloy rims are lighter than steel wheels.

  • Alloy wheels have 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.


  • 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:


  • Steel rims are expensive than alloy wheels.

  • Steel wheels are easy to repair.

  • Steel wheels 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.


  • 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, carbon-fibre wheels 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 wheel offers you. They are lightweight yet strong.


  • Carbon-fibre rims are stiffer than aluminium wheels.

  • Carbon-fibre wheels are 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-fibre rims have more sporty and trendy looks as compare to other wheels


  • Carbon-fibre 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.

So, judging by the pros and cons, which type of rim would you like to install on your car? Let us know in the comments.

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