Hi, I am looking at getting a new wheelset and can’t decide which is the best choice of arch ex or Flow ex 650b rims on Hope pro 2 for weight versus strength and so on. I ride natural stuff, trail centre and the odd uplift day at Antur Stiniog and bike Park Wales. I weigh 14.5 stone and last wheelset was 26 inch pro 2’s on 355 rim never had any issues with.
Tyre choice is a factor here. I’ve never ridden Flows but was unhappy with the profile of 2.35 Hans Dampfs on my 29er Arch Ex, it was much too light bulby and I wasn’t relaxed about burps, so I took them off. I am happy with the 2.30 Spesh Butcher Control I have now.
The Arch Ex were fine at BPW on a HT, I am 80 kg. Since I am happy with the bike I will likely buy a Flow 0r similar wheelset at some point, so I can run big rubber.
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