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post #1 of 59 Old 09-25-2014, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Why is believed that spoked wheels are better ?

It seems that dirt means spoked wheels

What supposedly is the advantage ?
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They're stronger from what I've heard.
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They tend to be more "forgiving". They flex a little more instead of cracking, and if you bend a rim off-road, they are easier to straighten and you can retension the spokes to aid that process. Usually (not always) they use inner tubes instead of being tubeless in design. Again, if the rim bends at the bead area, that doesn't necessarily mean a flat, like it might with a tubeless set-up.

I'm sure there are other reasons I don't know of.

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Also, you can change rim sizes relatively easily. Like, going to a wider one on the rear and taller one on the front.
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No way would I trade to a spoked wheel that requires a tube! Tubless is another story.

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No way would I trade to a spoked wheel that requires a tube! Tubless is another story.
Completely agree for street use, but the question was for off-road. Hit a 2" high square stone ledge at speed with a cast wheel and get back to me on your preferences.

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No way would I trade to a spoked wheel that requires a tube! Tubless is another story.
You got that right, I have plugged way too many flats on my Wee. Taking the wheel off the bike and breaking the bead to put in another tube, on the side of the road. Yeah that sounds like fun!

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A spoked rim is also lighter than an alloy or aluminum rim, resulting in less unsprung weight. If you're seriously into dirt riding, that makes a difference.

If you're worried about dealing with tubed tires, consider using a wheel with an Akront rim, like the BMW GS series bikes use. It has a raised center that is drilled to receive spokes so you can use a tubeless tire.

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Big difference is that if you take a big one you can repair the damage for just the cost of the rim + damaged spokes. A ding in a cast wheel may mean an entire new wheel.

If you ride sensibly the cast DL rims are fine but I'll admit, tubeless spoked rims would tempt me.

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If you get stainless spokes and polish them mightily before installation, you sparkle in the light too.
My '89 BMW GS had spoke rims, tubeless, and 2 up we hit a pot hole with no ill effects, the two bikes behind me with cast wheels both suffered bent rims.
Why do all the dirt bikes seem to be clad with spoke wheels? Must be some good reason that I can't fathom.
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