The new Flow EX rims were created for All Mountain and light Freeride usage, and their additional strength and width should be good for the rigors of just about anything tossed at them. The design is a beefed-up version of its Flow brethren, and it has gotten 14% thicker sidewalls and 33% thicker spoke bed, and the bead socket has been altered for a tighter and more dependable seal.
The inner width has been bumped from 22.6mm to 25.5mm, while the outer went from 28mm to 29.1mm, which should offer a wider footprint, and spread the tire’s girth and tread out for a more stable platform. The weight is still respectable for a wide rim, and the 26 inch comes in at 490 grams, the 650B at 530 grams, and the 29er at 545 grams, and they’ll retail for $90 to $96 depending on size. They are also available as custom built wheelsets using various hubs, including Stan’s 3.30, Hope Pro 2, Cannondale Lefty and DT Swiss 240, and will range in price from $500 – $950.
Stan’s sent along a set of their 650B wheels for us to test, and we’re looking forward to some long term testing on these babies! The build uses the Stan’s 3.30HD front hub with a 20mm thru axle, and has adapters for 15mm or 20mm usage, and the rear was Stan’s 3.30 in a 12x142mm thru axle set up. The weight was a bit on the heavy side compared to some other All Mountain wheels, but it’s still respectable, and I think the 3.30HD front hub is what adds the extra poundage, albeit, it’s a big meaty and robust beast.
Flow EX Measured Specs:
- Front 20mm TA (w/ tape & valve) – 898.1 grams
- Rear 12×142 TA (w/tape & valve) – 981.7 grams
- Total – 1879.8 grams