Anyone who has been around wheels and tyres for a significant amount of time will likely have heard a fair bit of debate between enthusiasts about which is better: monoblock or three piece wheels. With price, strength, quality, design, and weight all being major factors in any buyers decision, it is absolutely crucial to understand the how a monoblock wheel compares to a three piece wheel in each of these respects.
Here at Ozzy Tyres we know price can be a huge factor especially when customizing your vehicle can run you up several thousand dollars even with the simplest of modifications. When it comes to monoblock and three piece wheels though, you are generally going to find that the prices are around the same.
Monoblock wheels are more labor intensive and require more processing to create, and are generally fairly expensive. Three piece wheels, on the other hand, can be completely customizable and you’ll see a slightly wider price variation for these. Higher end three piece wheels are definitely on par with monoblock wheels, but don’t think you need to spend an arm and a leg on them because there are some lower cost three pieces that can suit your needs.
No one wants to get a new set of wheels and tyres just to have them destroyed only a few months after purchasing them. When it comes to monoblock and three piece wheels though, unlike their prices, there are some differences.
Monoblock forged wheels are inherently stronger because they lack any welds or weak points. These are perfect for anyone wanting to use them on a day to day car, and who may be traversing over rough terrain.
Three piece wheels, on the other hand, are a bit softer. They lack the solid one piece design and they cannot handle as much impact and force as the monoblocks making these wheels more suited towards smooth tarmac and racing tracks.
Quality is a huge concern for us here at Ozzy Tyres, so we make sure to scrutinize each set of wheels and tyres that comes through our doors. While there may be some initial differences between monoblock and three piece wheels, most of them are generally high quality wheels.
Monoblock wheels are, in our opinion, more consistent with the quality mainly because of their forging process; however you will definitely find a plethora of three piece wheels that are incredibly high quality and well worth every penny.
Overall, the design and customization is where three piece wheels truly pulls ahead of monoblock forged wheels. With three piece wheels you can customize the color and style of each and every piece of it, create a whole new custom look and truly relish in the final product. Monoblock designs are fairly boring and standard, making them less suited to those with a more flashy vision in mind.
Three piece wheels are, by far, heavier than monoblock wheels. The three piece wheels need bolts, additional parts and are made of three pieces. There are weld joints on them and so much more – all of which just adds to the weight that monoblock wheels don’t have to worry about.