Which rims – Flow or Arch EX
Just in the process of specc’ing out my new bike.
It’s like to be an Intense Carbine with Fox 36 160mm forks.
Most of my riding is in the Scottish highlands on natural trails, but I am also going to be using the bike for trail centres and the Innerleithen winter enduro series.
Can’t decide on wheels though.
Definitely Hope Pro II Evo hubs but can’t decide between the Stans Flow and Arch EX rims.
Has anyone got any experience of either?Posted 6 years agonosediveMember
Ive got flow, and old Arch
I run the arch on a 160mm bike, they are plenty wide enough for a 2.35 tyre, the flow are a little wider so if you want to run 2.5 that might make your mind up.
The flow hold up a bit better to abuse but I only really noticed the difference on my hardtail where the arch took a good few dings which the flow hasn’t
arch come up about 1750g I think, flow about 1900, but the weight does feel like it makes a difference.
overall I prefer the Arch on my FS bike, it feels much faster and they cope with the abuse OK for me. shame they aren’t available as factory built hope hoops though as that saves a fortune over a custom buildPosted 6 years agonukeSubscriber
I do like the look of the Arch EX…here’s a few stats for comparison based on Pro2 Evo hubs:
Arch EX wheelset: 21mm internal rim, Around £340 (Moonglu), 1715g (Moonglu)
Flow Hoops: 22.6mm internal rim, Around £275, 1886g (Hope PDF)
Crest Hoops: 21mm internal rim, Around £275, 1633g (Hope PDF)
Despite the extra cost, the extra strength over the Crest (Arch EX has the same rim profile as the Flow) but the weight saving over the Flow, make them a very tempting wheelset.Posted 6 years agonukeSubscriber
I can understand initially why they didn’t when they introduced the 355 and Flow to the Hope Hoops range back in 2009 iirc but, given the popularity of Stans – Hoops combo, you’d think they’d drop one of the less popular (Mavic) rims and add the Arch, they’d fly off the shelves.Posted 6 years agodocrobsterMember
I’m probably 95kg fully kitted up with camelback etc.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve got a flow in the back of my FS bike, previously it was on my summer season. I don’t do massive jumps etc just the odd drop 3 foot max. I am pretty clumsy though and used to get loads of pinch flats when running tubes. I’ve had no worries at all about the flow. Perfectly true and no dings after 18 months of abuse.
My new HT is built lighter so I went for arch EX front and rear. Built by me rather than jra who built the flow wheel. Still going strong despite my best attempts to buckle them.
I can’t say I can tell the difference when riding them. 2.35 Higher roller on the flow, advantage 2.25/2.1 on the arches.
Either would be fine. Some good deals on old flows now the flow ex is out?
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