Just like mountain bike frames, there are big differences between alloy and carbon mountain bike wheels, and neither is outright better than the other. Carbon tends to be stiffer, more responsive, and more expensive. Alloy wheels are usually more forgiving and less expensive, but usually don’t have the responsiveness of carbon.
And in a lot of cases, we just ride whatever came on our bike because that’s what our wallet is happiest with. But, if you had to choose one material for your wheelset, would it be carbon or alloy?
Tell us why you like one or the other in the comments below.