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A good BMX wheel starts with a good BMX rim. It has to be strong enough to stand up to the extreme forces it's going to endure while traversing a BMX course. Wheels are a crucial component on a BMX bike. Picking the right pair of BMX wheels and rims can spell the difference between having a bicycle that requires near-constant maintenance, or better, a bicycle that rolls fast and smooth. BMX rims are usually 28 spokes in count, though they go up to 48 spokes possible. Comparatively speaking, the front wheel will be the simpler of your two wheels. There is no gearing mechanism necessary, for one thing. A front wheel is composed of a front hub, spokes, spoke nipples, and of course the all-important rim. The front wheel generally has less weight and sees less stress then a rear wheel, and it naturally is the one that steers your BMX bike. The rear wheel, on the other hand, carries a bit more complicated role, since it interfaces with the bike drivetrain. Your BMX rear wheel is composed of a rear hub, a freewheel or cogset or driver, spokes, spoke nipples, and a solid rim. The rear wheel is built a bit differently than the front, having stronger hub designs, more bearings, and heavier duty rims. The most common spoke counts are 28, 36, and 48. 28 spoke rims are used to build up wheels for racing and for lighter weight riders. 36 spoke rims turn out to be the most frequently utilized in BMX riding. They can take the abuse of park riding, street potholes and obstacles, and dirt build-up without being too heavy. Lastly, there is the BMX rim size with 48 spokes, but the extra strength from the 48 spoke wheel build isn't really necessary unless a BMX rider is going that hard on the wheels. You'll want to lace up your wheels - that is, have the spokes installed - in a pattern which is best suited to your riding style. Choosing BMX rims at some point comes down to a cost decision, since you can find a decent wheelset for under $200 total, but then again, you can quickly push the $500 limit for a set of tricked-out, ready to race BMX wheels. Here are some BMX rims which would work nicely for your next wheelset.