The 406mm Wheel -- The Compact Wheel Standard

image BMX rider Dave Mirra getting some air.
Dave Mirra getting air on a bike with 406mm wheels...the wheels are bulletproof.


The Xootr Swift leverages developments in 406mm tires and rims over the past decade.

close-up of Swift wheel

History

The 406mm ("20inch") has come a long way in the last decade, largely due to the developments in the BMX racing world. These wheels are now incredibly robust and tires are widely available. As a result, they make the perfect standard for compact bicycles. If anything, the 406mm wheel is stronger and lighter than the 700C standard sold on most recreational bikes. There are tons of advantages.

Advantages


Disadvantages


Red Herrings


When aren't 406mm wheels the right choice? (Short answer: rarely)