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Disc vs Rim Brake Wheel Change Challenge - Video

How quickly can Dave change a wheel on disc brake and rim brake bike?

How quickly can you change a bicycle wheel? To be honest, it's not something that has really bothered me, but since there's been a lot of chatter about disc brakes slowing down wheel changes in the professional peloton, I thought it would be fun to do a scientific* test to see which is quicker to change.

Now, this is just a bit of fun but the results were surprising, but I'm not going to give them away here, so hit the play button above and watch the video to find out. Ever timed yourself changing a wheel? Let us know below.

*not scientific at all. 

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David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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