Your wheel must have an aluminium alloy rim in order for Fliiiiight to create resistance.
However, both rims and tires can sometimes contain steel components that are attracted to the magnets and make that rim or tire incompatible with the Fliiiight trainer. We always recommend you check for these components yourself using our online wheel checking tool.
Note that wheels with steel spokes and steel spoke nipples are fully compatible with Fliiiight trainers.
- What wheel sizes is Fliiiight compatible with?
- Thru-axle and disc brake compatibility
- Are all spoke patterns compatible?
Some aluminium rims contain a steel pin at the joint, usually opposite the valve stem. Steel pins make the wheel incompatible with the Fliiiiight trainer.
Higher quality rims are more likely to be joined with a weld or sleeve, but there are inexpensive welded rims, and more expensive rims that use a steel pin. Not every wheel manufacturer includes this information in the product description, so we always recommend you check for yourself.
Steel beaded tires
Clincher tires can contain either a Kevlar or steel bead. A steel bead can attract the magnets, and is incompatible. If you have a steel beaded tire, swap out the tire for an affordable folding tire with a Kevlar bead or leave the tire off during your indoor training season. Folding tires are the most common tire type, and are typically higher quality than a steel beaded tire.