- Stans Flow vs Flow EX real world difference
They are heavier?
Me personally, they are overkill for almost anything other than a big AM or DH bike.
I’d rather run a set of Arch EX’s for everything else
Broken this year by Hob Nob:
“2 rear rims (1 crash/1split)
1 front rim
~20 replacement spokes (popping them out)”
😉Posted 4 years ago
I ordered some Hope Hoops on Flows the other day from Merlin and they arrived yesterday. Problem is they’ve sent Flow Ex’s instead.
They’re going on a Cotic Solaris which is used for general trail riding and I’m not the lightest of riders (15.5st) so before i send them back would the EX be overkill?Posted 4 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
That doesn’t show what I use!
Plus my riding & racing is probably the exception, rather than the norm
My riding is considerably more normal, being a sort of 90th percentile Strava-ist / mid-pack Enduro-ist individual – running Flows on a hardtail, only needed retensioning now and again in two years of riding. However my local haunts are low on rock and I try to be smooth and I’m only 12.5 stone.
I might be fine on Arch EX but then again might have to do more of the dreaded maintenance/repair stuff! Getting Flow EX on my forthcoming full-sus…Posted 4 years agoSuperficialMember
Flow EX are just the newer, slightly lighter version of Flows.
They’re pretty sturdy, probably overkill for general trail riding, yes. Fit and forget though, plus they give a nice tyre profile. You’ll not save significant weight here so unless you’re racing they will be fine.
I have Flows on my full sus and now Flow Ex on my hardtail.Posted 4 years agoSuperficialMember
I think original Flows were aimed at trail / AM but a few people started using them for DH. The Flow Ex is just progression of a design, it’s not really a new model. But Stan’s are acknowledging that people are using them for DH and now marketing accordingly. The new Ex Flow is 20g heavier, hardly anything. It’s definitely not a new model aimed at a different market, IMO.Posted 4 years agocuriousyellowSubscriber
Wider profile of the tyre may cause clearance issues. Apart from that they should be lovely.
I have Crests and Flow EXes. Crests for the local stuff and XC-ish rides. Flows for uplifts and DH venues. I ride a 120mm full sus and have never felt the need for additional travel with the Flows on. Love those wheels.Posted 4 years agoScamperMember
I think its something like;
Arch EX 400g
Flow EX 490g
I’m OP’s weight and found Arch EX perfectly fine in the Alps on my Bfe. Now trying Flow EX and don’t notice the added weight, but the front feels as if it tracks better which could be the better tyre profile. Replaced a rear Arch with Flow EX and a noticeable difference is the tyre does not feel as if its about to pinch flat over certain stuff or drops.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Someone asked a Stans chap why they’d gone heavier, they basically said “Pretty much everyone who previously should have used a Flow should get an Arch Ex as it does the same job better. Except for the nutters, who should get a Flow Ex because they were always pushing their luck on the Flow anyway”
I can’t honestly feel any difference between the Flow and Flow Ex in use (wore out a Flow on the 224 and fit an Ex to replace it). Found it harder to fit tubeless tyres to, just because of the width, but still not bad. Mind you my Flow lasted 3 years before it cracked with no other significant damage at all, while the Ex picked up a big enough flatspot on its second ride that it’ll now not work tubeless. But that’s maybe just bad luck, it did take a proper hit!Posted 4 years ago
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