Modern rim widths, in comes Mavic

Discussion in 'Rims' started by dustyyoungblood, Jul 17, 2017.



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  1. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
    Current Bike:
    Foes Mixer Trail
  2. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.7
    Great looking wheels, wish they made a stealthy version. Problem is those spokes. Not very common and would have to special order them at $10+ PER spoke.

    I tend to stay away from anything too proprietary like that.
     
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  3. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Trek FEX
    Trippy, the pro wheelset has different widths on F/R.
     
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  4. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
    Current Bike:
    Foes Mixer Trail
    We often use smaller width tires on rear, so why not adjust the rim also? brilliant
     
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  5. Varaxis

    Varaxis Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Perris
    Name:
    Dan Vu
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB5c ('16 Yellow v1)
    We often use an oversized front tire, because of a trend of heavy-rearward-weight-biased bikes. Besides lack of confidence with grip up front, due to understeer (ex. washing out, due to the bike wanting to continue going straight), such bikes experience lots of abuse on a rear wheel, which happens to be less strong due to dish and poor bracing angle, leading to solutions such as foam inserts, heavy casing tires, and running higher pressures.*

    The reason quoted in the article is to create a rounded profile. A rounder profile makes the tire response more consistent over a range of lean angles, esp considering the rear needs to rely on it more than the front since it cannot be steered.

    * Not really bashing the trend. I also enjoy the riding offered by this style. Just wanting to offer a different perspective on the reason why some run a "smaller width tire on the rear".
     
  6. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
    Current Bike:
    Foes Mixer Trail
    @Varaxis what are some examples of bikes with "heavy rearward weight bias"? I recall riding some bikes were I ended up leaning more forward then was comfortable to keep the front tire making traction in corners. I attributed that to crappy tires, but perhaps it was weight bias:
     



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