You say you want that fancy plastic, but you don’t want to sell your kidney (or harvest someone else’s) to cover the cost. We get it, we’ve been there too. Carbon wheels are usually about double (or more) the cost of their metallic equivalents.  Going all out, it’s pretty easy to spend upwards of $3,000 on wheels—going the other way can be a bit tricky, though.

If you’re in the market for a new set of carbon wheels and want to stay under budget, we’ve gathered this list of some of the best value carbon wheelsets out there. Most come in around the $1,000 to $1,200 range, with a few outliers that cost a smidgen more. Our main criteria for this list? Every wheelset must be offered in both 29 and 27.5 sizes and have about a 30-millimeter inner width. In other words, they need to be modern. We also looked at each brands’ warranties and build options. And perhaps most importantly, each brand needs to offer customer service that’s based in the U.S. and have websites that aren’t obviously Google Translate disasters. Because Asia is the go-to source for all things carbon, it’s tempting to cut out the middle man and save a couple hundred bucks. But Asian manufacturing can be a bit of a black box, so we wanted to make sure the truly budget options wouldn’t make you learn Mandarin to make a warranty claim. Or if you’d rather stay local, scroll down a little further, and you’ll see U.S.-based boutique brands that are priced for the masses, as long as those masses have between $840 and $1300 to spend on a set of wheels.



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