Today, most motorcycle manufacturers basically provide two types of standard rims, alloy rims and wire spokes. In addition to form, what are their characteristics, advantages and disadvantages?
First, let’s talk about alloy wheels, which are made by casting or forging. There are a variety of materials to choose from, including ordinary steel, aluminum alloy, carbon fiber, etc. The lighter the material, the higher the price. If you want to buy alloy wheels from famous brands such as Marchessini, OZ Racing, Over Racing, etc., it will cost thousands to tens of thousands of yuan.
For spoke-type wheels, it includes main parts such as rims, axles and spokes, which need to be carefully measured and installed to achieve a certain level of balance, and there are two main options, tubeless and tubeless tires, depending on the design of the vehicle and the customer The demand for tubeless is currently the trend of spoke-type models, which requires high rim sealing.
Advantages of aluminum alloy wheels:
The appearance design is usually very eye-catching. In addition to high quality and durability, aesthetics is the first priority. It is designed according to the style of each vehicle according to the weight and balance stability during installation.
To a certain extent, the aluminum alloy wheels will be heavier than the spokes, which will help the motorcycle have a lower center of gravity and can maintain stability during high-speed driving and cornering. In addition, this central issue also depends on the suspension, and the tires will also be affected to a certain extent.
The advantages of spoke wheels
The spoke wheels we see most often are used on off-road motorcycles or Adventure motorcycles. Compared with alloy rims, it has its own strength because the design is more elastic than alloy rims and has better shock absorption performance. The weight distribution of external shocks is good, and the structure of the spokes is considered more flexible.
In addition, a well-known thing is that compared with alloy rims, spokes are lighter in weight, so the control of motorcycles is lighter and more flexible.
Disadvantages of rim alloy
In terms of reliability, the rim is lower than the spokes, especially in collisions, it is easy to deform, lose its original stability, and may cause air leakage. If the degree of damage is small, it can be restored with a pallet press. If the deformation is severe, there is no repair value.
Disadvantages of spoke rims
The width of the spoke rim is narrower than that of the alloy rim, which is also a small disadvantage in terms of balance and balance. When used at high speed, the stability and grip area are very low. Compared with models that use alloy wheels, it is more difficult to control the vehicle.
The pros and cons between alloy wheels and banner wheels are basically these. There are specialties in the industry. The design of each type of wheel will be suitable for different vehicles and different purposes. It is only necessary to understand it as common sense.