Mountain wheel set - climbing wheels for the road bike
Two things are important for a mountain wheel: stiffness and low weight. If a race is going mostly uphill, lightweight construction is always an advantage. However, the sacrifices in stiffness must not be too high. If the road cyclist is in an upright position for the final sprint, the carbon wheelset should not "wobble". This will otherwise lead to a lack of control and unnecessary loss of watts. One reason for this is the lack of stiffness. In the mountains you should pay special attention that not every wheel has the same good braking characteristics. Here the rider should be able to rely on his road bike and use rim brake, disc brake, aluminium or carbon wheels according to his individual abilities.