- Hope Tech Enduro or Stans Flow MK3 Rim?
Currently have hope wheel sets front and back. Back has seen many better days and needs replacing.Posted 2 years ago
The hope rim has only lasted a year and does seem to bend easily so was thinking of Stans rims as an alternative. Flows or arch ex as I understand the mk3 are the same width now just less material essentially on the arch ex.I might be wrong!
Riding is mainly trail with a bit off downhilling now and again on same 150mm bike.
Opinions on merits of either welcomed.Jon TaylorSubscriber
The Stans EX and Mk3 rims are the same weights but have got wider.
Flow EX was 25 mm and 450 g (estimates), the Flow Mk 3 is 29 mm and 450g.
It is worth noting that the Arch Mk3 is the same width as the Flow EX but is lighter, that may be where the confusion comes from.Posted 2 years agoToastyMember
I went for Tech Enduro, disappointed by how narrow, yet hefty they are to be honest. The claimed weight is heavier than a Flow, yet the same width as a Crest. The internal rim also has little holes (drainage?) drilled in it, which has made sealing them up with Stans tape a chore.
Wish I’d got Stans Arch rims in retrospect.Posted 2 years agogelertSubscriber
My 160 bike has spent a year on Stans Arch MK3s (26 inch) on Hope Hubs, replaced a set of undamaged Flow EX rims because I had two sets.
Absolutely love the Arch MK3s. The 26mm internal makes 2.3 Maxxis tyres work really well and Schwalbe 2.35 really big and nice profile on both.
Running 20PSI F 25PSI R, sometimes a touch lower. No dings, stayed true and really easy to change tyres and absolutely zero tubeless issues.
In fairness never had any issues with my Flow EX either.Posted 2 years ago
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