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Cheap MTB wheels: Today's best deals on cheap mountain bike wheels

Cheap MTB wheels
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A new set of cheap MTB wheels in the sale makes for a compelling upgrade. After the frame and suspension components, wheels have the most significant effect on the ride quality of a bike. Wheels also directly affect tire performance and handling. A high-quality set of wheels will balance terrain smoothing qualities and stiffness in corners while a poor quality set of wheels will deaden the bike's ride quality, create an unpredictable ride and, in the very worst scenario, fail completely.

On complete bikes, wheels are often an area where manufacturers save a bit of money which means when you're looking for upgrades in the sale, wheels are a great place to start. If you need some information to help you pick the right wheelset for your bike check out our best mountain bike wheels guide.

If you are looking for a new wheelset we have done the hard work for you and hunted down what we think are the best deals online now, keep reading to see what we have found. Looking for deals on mountain bike tires or tubeless sealant for your new wheels or want to see what other deals are around? We have put together a list of all the best places to find them below.

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Cheap mountain bike wheels

Mercury Wheels X1 Carbon Enduro 29in Boost | 40% off at Backcountry
Was $1,899.00| Now $1,139.99 
Possibly the best carbon enduro wheelset deal currently available. Weighing a mere 1700g, they'll certainly liven up any enduro bike, plus Backcountry has both HG, Microspline and XD freehub options available.View Deal

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Mercury Wheels X3 Enduro 29in Boost | 33% off at Backcountry
Was $899.00 | Now $599.99 
Not looking for carbon? Backcountry has also knocked a tasty 33% off the alloy version of those 29er enduro wheels above. Comes in XD or Microspline options. View Deal

ENVE M640 27.5in Boost Wheelset | 20% off at Backcountry
Was $2,800.00 | Now $2,240.00 
If you've got a set of Enve wheels on your trail riding bucket list, then now is your chance. As a brand, Enve speaks for itself and Backcountry has knocked 20% off the retail price.View Deal

Reynolds TR 309 Boost Wheelset | 20% off at Backcountry
Was $1,299.00 | Now $1,040.00
Get your hands on a carbon wheelset designed to be smashed around the trails. At just over $1000, this will be a tempting upgrade for many. And don't worry if you're not riding a 29er, because the 27.5 versions are also discounted.View Deal

e*thirteen components TRS Plus Boost | 15% off at Backcountry
Was $359.00| Now $203.15
These alloy trail wheels from e*thirteen offer exceptional value, plus they are available separately which makes life a lot easier if you only need one.View Deal

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Spank Spike 350 Vibrocore DH 29" | 40% off at Jenson USA
Was $700.00 | Now $420.00
Using Spank's Vibrocore technology but building it into a wheel that's tough enough to handle anything your local DH track can throw at you.View Deal

Crankbrothers Synthesis Enduro Carbon 27.5" | 23% off at Jenson USA
Was $1,699.00 | Now $1,299.99
Crankbrothers Synthesis was one of the first wheelsets to have specific front and rear compliance engineered into the wheels. Available in boost with 11sp Shimano freehub.View Deal

Reynolds 27.5 Enduro Blacklabel Superboost | 50% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $2,099.00| Now $1,049.50 
Super classy black carbon Reynolds 27.5 rims built up with high-quality Industry Nine Torch hubs, these are a great set of wheels for those that like to blast aggro terrain.View Deal

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NS Bikes Enigma Rock MTB Wheelset | 47% off at Wiggle
Was $685.49 | Now $362.99 
Whether you're looking for a cheap replacement set of wheels or building up a second bike on a budget this tough 27.5 wheelset will get the job done and leave plenty of budget left for other components.View Deal

Stans No Tubes Flow S1 MTB Wheelset | 28% off at Chain Reaction Cycles
Was $499.95 | Now $361.59
Stans No Tubes Flow wheels have stood up to the abuse of the roughest downhill courses for years. This great price for a set of DH wheels with CRC sweetening the deal by including a free 473ml bottle of Stan's No Tubes tire sealant for a limited time only.View Deal

Stans No Tubes Crest Mk3 MTB Wheelset | 39% off at Chain Reaction Cycles
Was $679.00 | Now $416.96
These wheels have a narrow internal rim diameter when compared to more modern XC rims but these Crest wheels probably represent the best cost-to-weight ratio available. They would also make a great tough gravel wheelset.View Deal

NS Bikes Enigma Lite Boost Wheelset| 10% off at Chain Reaction Cycles
Was $839.49 | Now $760.99
A lightweight aluminum cross-country wheelset that's trail-tough for those who want peace of mind when charging the toughest XC course.View Deal

ENVE M525 27.5 | 30% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $2,800.00| Now $1,960.00 
ENVE makes some of the best, and some of the most expensive, wheels in the business. Competitive Cyclist has a serious discount off these top-tier hookless XC wheels. View Deal

Reynolds Blacklabel Trail 27.5 Wheelset | 35% off at Moose Jaw
Was $2,298.95| Now $1,493.99
Carbon rims with a 25mm inner diameter built up with super-premium Industry Nine Hydra hubs, the overall weight of 1568g will give a lively ride out on the trail.View Deal

Reynolds TR 367 S 27.5 Wheelset | 35% off at MooseJaw
Was $1,548.95| Now $1,006.99
Super tough and extremely wide e-MTB specific carbon wheels, these wheels are designed to handle the increased forces and loads that can happen on an e-MTB ride.View Deal

Even more cycling deals

If you are upgrading your wheels it is also worth budgeting in a new set of tires and some fresh sealant to go tubeless and get the most performance from your wheel upgrade. Bike Perfect's best mountain bike tires and tubeless tire sealant guides have all the information as well as our pick of the best products available. If you are getting new tires as well make sure you check out our cheap MTB tires deal page.

Looking for more deals? Check out Bike Perfect's other round-ups of the best deals available:

For more ideas on getting more performance from your mountain bike, check out our best mountain bike upgrades guide for some ideas on your next upgrades.

Haven't found what you want?

Below, we've put together a roundup of the retailers where we regularly find great deals. If our selection of deals picks haven't supplied you with what you need, we won't just leave you hanging. We're happy to provide you with the tools to help you find your own. While not all of the following retailers sell bikes, they all cross over into the world of cycling in some way or another, be that by selling clothing, components or tech. 

Competitive Cyclist is one of the largest cycling retailers in the US. Their cycling sale is ongoing and there are deals aplenty. 

BackCountry, the US outdoor sports retailer, is one of the United States' go-to online retailers for bikes, components, clothing and accessories. It doesn't limit itself to cycling though, with fishing, skiing, and even yoga in the range of sports catered for.

Jenson USA is another USA-based retailer and always has thousands of offers available.

Rei is an outdoor retailer based in the USA. There's always a sale, and you can currently get up to 64% off cycling products and even more in other categories.

Gear sells a whole host of outdoor gear, but its cycling offering is what's interesting to us, such as these Smith Optics Flywheel glasses on sale.

Gear Coop has a huge cycling section currently with discounts on Giro shoes and helmets. 

Seshday has up to 80% off in its sale. It's not all cycling, but there's a good portion of tech that cyclists of both road and mountain bike disciplines will get excited about. 

Clever Training is the go-to place for all-things fitness training. With everything from turbo trainers to track pumps, the Clever Training sale has discounts on brands such as Garmin, Suunto, Topeak and more.

Moosejaw isn't a dedicated cycling retailer, but it sells a range of venerable brands. There's a heap of bikes on sale, including hardtail, full-suspension and gravel bikes.

Eastern Mountain Sports is another outdoor retailer that also sells cycling products. You can save up to 60% on cycling gear, although they don't sell bikes. 

Tree Fort Bikes has a range of mountain bikes, gravel and road on offer, including a number of bikes from Salsa, Surly and Giant. 

Alchemy Bikes currently offering $1000 off select bikes, very limited stock left.

Walmart might be a left-field inclusion in this list - even with the Walmart family buying Rapha. We certainly wouldn't recommend a typical supermarket bike, but Walmart has a huge range of electronics, a lot of which are useful to us cyclists - such as GoPro cameras, iPads or laptops for Zwift and Garmin computers.

Wiggle is one of the world's largest online cycling shops, supplying over 70 countries with cycling deals. 

Chain Reaction Cycles is owned by Wiggle, and therefore shares many of the same cycling deals as well as an international audience.

Evans cycles is one of the oldest cycling retailers in the world, it is a British company that services the world via its online store. For even more deals, check out our Evans Cycles deals.

Amazon isn't exactly the first retailer you think of when shopping for your bike but there's little the world's largest retailer doesn't sell, such as action cameras or Garmin computers.

Tredz is another British retailer with international delivery options and a range of great cycling deals.

Rutland Cycling is yet another British retailer that operates internationally.

Tweeks Cycles is more UK-focussed, but there are still some great deals worth checking out. 

Hargroves Cycles is a retailer based in the UK and regularly discounts mountain and gravel bikes.

Cyclestore, one of the UK's lesser-known retailers, often has Specialized products at the best available price. 

Leisure Lakes is another UK retailer. With 11 stores, it's a relatively well-known franchise, and will happily ship overseas.

Halfords is discounting all sorts of cycling products. We'd probably recommend against their bikes, unless you're after something cheap and cheerful for the kids, but for your electronics and tools, you can't go far wrong.