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Anybody have experience with bent rims?

dmonkey

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I've had these aluminum Excel rims bookmarked:
Buchanan's said they're not something they were able to find in their Excel catalogs to order, so you'd have to track down the Excel part number to see if they can get them, or you can buy from Webike and have them shipped to their shop.

In Thailand those rims are available on assembled wheels using OEM hubs and a BARTubeless setup, and that is the option that appeals to me the most. I've been emailing BARTubeless back and forth about ordering and might finally be in contact with someone who can get them ordered for shipping to the USA. Will start a thread for it if that happens, though if anyone else is seriously interested in that I recommend reaching out to stefanobassi [at] bartubeless.it directly as it's a low priority for me at the moment.
 

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Well, I have 95% of everything here, ready to replace my tires (DURO HF-308's 3.0 X 17), and balance them... any suggestions/preferences as to glue on weights vs, spoke weights? Not trying to open a big debate, just wondering what people like...
 

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I haven't found the need to run any weights yet. If they were far out of balance, I prefer spoke weights on spoked wheels. Honda have OEM spoke weights on other bikes, they don't bother to apply them to the Honda Trail.
 

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I've had these aluminum Excel rims bookmarked:
Buchanan's said they're not something they were able to find in their Excel catalogs to order, so you'd have to track down the Excel part number to see if they can get them, or you can buy from Webike and have them shipped to their shop.

In Thailand those rims are available on assembled wheels using OEM hubs and a BARTubeless setup, and that is the option that appeals to me the most. I've been emailing BARTubeless back and forth about ordering and might finally be in contact with someone who can get them ordered for shipping to the USA. Will start a thread for it if that happens, though if anyone else is seriously interested in that I recommend reaching out to stefanobassi [at] bartubeless.it directly as it's a low priority for me at the moment.

I would be interested in that action.
 

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Well, I pulled my front wheel yesterday and played around with the balance stand... I guess I would have to agree it doesn't "need" to be balanced... it was exactly 1/4 ounce out of balance... I did of course go ahead and mount a spoke weight since I had it on the stand, but I suspect one would be hard pressed to claim they could feel or notice a tire out of balance by 1/4 ounce at 50 MPH... so Honda is likely right to save the labor that would be involved in balancing the OEM wheels/tires. I'll be changing them out for the DURO's maybe this weekend, have to see how the weather is... if it's decent, I'm gonna ride and wait for rain to swap them out. I picked up the weights at Rocky Mountain, saw cheaper ones elsewhere, but decided I wanted to go with chromed brass.

I'm watching closely the discussion on the wider rims. Another member here did something similar, but with an even wider rear wheel... I'm a big fan of getting a wider footprint under my bike... especially if I'm going to ride it off road... generally I will only be on pavement and or improved forest roads... personally I don't plan to put Donkey in any mud unless there are just no reasonable alternatives... but it begs for a wider footprint just for everyday use... as I see it the only downside is a slight reduction is MPG, maybe a MPH or two as well, at 9 hp... everything you do matters.
 

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I'm still waiting on a quote from the CEO of Bart Factory (Bartubeless), but the sizes he provided from their "Bart Pacific factory" for the Excel rims with Bartubeless installed are:
  • FR 17xMT1.60, RR 17xMT1.85
  • FR 17xMT2.15, RR 17xMT2.50
Stock rims are 17x1.60 front and rear.
 
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