Rims: Stan's Flow vs Arch

GHill Posts: 2,402
edited January 2010 in MTB buying advice
Been to the LBS and chatted to the wheel builder and he said I should have a good think about putting Stan's Arch rims on my wheel build rather than Flow. 100 g less for a negligible amount of money.

Just general trail riding, to go on a Trek Fuel Ex8, 2.35 Kenda tyres.

Any thoughts on which to go for?


  • RealMan
    RealMan Posts: 2,166
    for 100g less per wheel its definitely worth it, but whats your weight? And if your wheel builder says it, its probably good.
  • GHill
    GHill Posts: 2,402
    100 g in total, not per wheel. Sorry I wasn't very clear.

    I'm around 230 lbs in riding gear (incl full camelbak).
  • I know a guy that uses 355s for general trail riding. :)
    Flow is really quite a burly rim.
    From what I`ve heard the Arch should be fine.
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  • GHill
    GHill Posts: 2,402
    Thanks both. Arch it is.
  • diy
    diy Posts: 6,473
    I have the flows, I would have looked at arch had they been on sale at the time. It depends on what the price difference is. If you just ride trails then they will be perfect.

    However with a 2.35 tyre - I'd go for the flows. They are designed for fat tyres where as the arch is only rated for tyres 1 - 2.3, so you are right on the limit. The flows go 2 - 2.7

    So either go for the arch with a narrower tyre or maybe take this into account.
  • GHill
    GHill Posts: 2,402
    Thanks, more food for thought. Seeing as though I'm really liking my current tyres perhaps the Flows are a good idea.

    LBS will do either rim for the same price as part of a build.
  • jairaj
    jairaj Posts: 3,009
    what tyres are you running? some come up smaller eg Maxiss High Roller 2.35 come up a tiny bit small than some Specialized Captain 2.2's I've got.
  • GHill
    GHill Posts: 2,402
    Kenda Nevegals.
  • jairaj
    jairaj Posts: 3,009
    In my limited experience with Kenda (only tried the Blue Groove) they come up bigger than described. Maybe Flows are the way to go?