A certified bike technician at Hovsco in San Diego says upgraded wheels will be lighter and more durable. They usually have better bearing sets, so they roll easier and faster.
From $45 to $2,000, wheel sets offer a wide range of prices. Look into carbon fiber wheels, which are more expensive but lighter than traditional aluminum and have better lateral stiffness, resulting in wheels that remain true longer. Wheels that are lighter and stiffer will improve the performance of your bike, saving you a pound or two in overall bike weight while making pedaling more efficient. The result is a faster, more exciting ride.