Bike wheels are an important component of your road bike. Knowing your wheels is fundamental to understanding your bike. Furthermore, everyone who wants the perfect bike understands the importance of the perfect wheelset as this can affect certain factors like acceleration and the effect of wind action on your ride. Often times your wheelset can be custom-made to suit your preferences as a rider. That said, it is also imperative that your wheels go hand in hand with your tires. In other words, they have to be compatible. Think of it as getting the right shoe size. You always want to go for something that fits, nothing too big or too tight. Aesthetics aside, this adds to your confidence as you cruise down that terrain.

Eschewing all the technical lingo, upgrades are always necessary. While there are times when you might need to completely change your ride, often all you need is a few upgrades to your wheelset. Wider wheels generally allow for wider tires. Also, you may have noticed that some bikes come with a bigger front end than the more commonly slender rear end. Depending on your preferences, this may be of aesthetic value. However, from a more technical point of view, this can be great for power distribution to your wheels and optimize acceleration. Looking for a gravel bike with a great Wheelset? Check out the Date GFX S6 Army.


The DARE GFX S8 design employs a groupset of the Shimano’s ULTEGRA R8000 along with a 2×11 setup. The 46/36 chainset and 11-34 cassette provide an excellent climbing experience and let you bike at the proper pace at all times. The GFX S8 is also packed with quality WTB Riddler 700 x 45C tires with DT Swiss CR1600 SPLINE DB 23 wheels.

Combined with the DARE seat post, the DARE cockpit was developed to dissipate vibrations and provide essential comfort. While regular handlebars’ tops are unusually narrow at 390 mm, the grip in the drops of this bike has a large 465 mm that offers a convenient balance when riding on rough roads.

Another thing you’ll love about this bike is how you adjust the rear dropouts. The adjustments are done horizontally, allowing you to change tire or wheel sizes while keeping the geometry and BB drop the same. The DARE brand is one of the many makers that makes various configuration options to cater to a wide range of preferences. And it applied the same options to the DARE GFX S8 ARMY, which gives you the chance to choose either the army design or any desired custom paint.

The DARE is energetic and adventurous when on motion, and its energy can be easily controlled when pedaling in the slides. When on downhills, the bike moderately responds to steering command, and it maintains your desired pace. You can also be assured of the Shimano’s ULTEGRA brakes as they provide regular and sharp braking when teamed with the 160 mm rotors on the front and rear.

The multifunctional GFX S8 ARMY gravel bike features mudguard bosses, bottle cage bosses, and rack bosses. Its energetic ability ensures short rides are enjoyable, with the upright seating position and frame compliance giving enough comfort for each trip you make.

DARE is also at ease on long woodland highways. It is comfy and provides a lot of rear-end compliance without feeling squishy, thanks to the ingenious construction of the seat post. Not only expert bikers will like the DARE’s active personality even inexperienced riders will have a lot of fun with it.


WTB Riddler 700 x 45C tires

Groupset of the Shimano’s ULTEGRA R8000

A 46/36 chainset and 11-34 cassette

Front and rear 160mm rotors

DT Swiss CR1600 SPLINE DB 23 wheels.


Sharp brake

Large handlebars for convenient balance

Adjustable chainstays

Adjustable dropouts


Weight: 8.77kg

Light Wheelset


DARE GFX S8 ARMY is a perfect choice that employs quality materials and deliver the experience to you. You can be assured of its capacity to dissipate vibrations and make you feel comfortable while in motion. Choose your desired color and enjoy the joy DARE GFX S8 ARMY has to offer you.

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