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 smoothing of terrain 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 that manufacturers save a bit of money which means when the sales come round and you are tempted by some upgrades, wheels are a great place to start. Wheels come in many different sizes. If you need some information to help you pick the right wheelset for your bike check out our best mountain bike wheels guide.
As there are many different combinations of sizes and specifications for wheels there is often surplus stock that retailers need to clear before new stock arrives. This results in some great deals to be snapped up by those who are quick and lucky.
To help make sure you don't miss out on the best mountain bike wheelset deals we have done the hard work for you and hunted down what we think are the best deals online now. Looking for deals on 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.
Best mountain bike sales — quick links
- Jenson USA: Huge sale with 67% off helmets
- Competitive Cyclist: 35% of bikes and frames from Yeti, Santa Cruz and Evil
- Backcountry: Up to 50% off bikes, clothing, helmets and more
- Rei: Up to 64% off cycling and more in other categories
- ProBikeKit: Prodominatly a road retailer but also sells MTB gear
- Eastern Mountain Sports: Up to 70% off cycling products
- Wiggle: 60% off huge range of bikes and cycling kit
- Chain Reaction Cycles: Discounts on hundreds of 2020 bikes
- Moosejaw: 50% of Enve wheels and more
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Cheap MTB wheels
Spank Spike 350 Vibrocore 29" | 40% off at Jenson USA
Was $700.00 | Now $420.00
Spank's Vibrocore technology is claimed to dampen trail vibrations, Jenson USA's 40% will dampen the effect on your wallet. Spanks DH version is also available at this sale price.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
Reynolds 27.5 Trail Blacklabel Boost | 40% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $2,099.00 | Now $1,249.99
Super classy black carbon Reynolds 27.5 rims built up with high-quality Industry Nine Hydra hubs, the overall weight of 1568g will give a lively ride out on the trail.View Deal
NS Bikes Enigma Rock MTB Wheelset | 36% off at Wiggle
Was $685.49 | Now $435.99
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 | 22% off at Chain Reaction Cycles
Was $499.95 | Now $289.61
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 tyre 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
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.View Deal
NS Bikes Enigma Lite Boost Wheelset| 16% off at Chain Reaction Cycles
Was $839.49 | Now $703.99
A lightweight aluminium cross-country wheelset that's trail tough for those who want peace of mind when charging the toughest XC course.View Deal
ENVE M630 27.5 | 53% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $2,800.00 | Now $1,314.95
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 trail wheels. View Deal
ENVE M640 DT Swiss 27.5 | 30% off at Moose Jaw
Was $2,800.00 | Now $1,959.99
Like the above only with wider internal rim diameter. For those shopping for a top-end 15x110 / 12x148 wheelset with an XD driver, Moose Jaw has one set left with this massive 30% saving.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.
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 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.
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.