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What's the deal with 'em?

Just style? Was there a purpose? Was it just "the thing to have"?

Just curious.

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others will know better than i, but they're supposed to be stronger... maybe easier to get tires on and off? i've only bought shoulderless because i haven't been convinced of a real benefit for the street/track and i'm mostly broke. seems to make more sense for off-road... hell, i should probably have them on my 350 then.

so come on guys, what's the full scoop?

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others will know better than i, but they're supposed to be stronger... maybe easier to get tires on and off? i've only bought shoulderless because i haven't been convinced of a real benefit for the street/track and i'm mostly broke. seems to make more sense for off-road... hell, i should probably have them on my 350 then.

so come on guys, what's the full scoop?

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shouldered are stronger due to their deeper section (thickness from the tire toward the center). they look better on a bike which had them to begin with (in my opinion). they are harder to manufacture and far harder to come by these days and therefore pricier. non shouldered rims are more than strong enough for road racing (as charlie cole said once...road race rims lead a very pampered life)(maybe not his exact words). and street bikes don't hammer rims either unless you ride into pot holes; so shoulderless rims are fine in that environment as well. they also don't fill with water when it rains and are easier to polish and maintain.
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shouldered are stronger due to their deeper section (thickness from the tire toward the center). they look better on a bike which had them to begin with (in my opinion). they are harder to manufacture and far harder to come by these days and therefore pricier. non shouldered rims are more than strong enough for road racing (as charlie cole said once...road race rims lead a very pampered life)(maybe not his exact words). and street bikes don't hammer rims either unless you ride into pot holes; so shoulderless rims are fine in that environment as well. they also don't fill with water when it rains and are easier to polish and maintain.
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They are indeed a pain to find. Jay Straight of Britech is the only source I know of (which doesn't make him the only one, just the only one I know) that has shouldered rims. He's sells the Morad rims and they are a nice Akront replica. I run them on 2 of my bikes.

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They are indeed a pain to find. Jay Straight of Britech is the only source I know of (which doesn't make him the only one, just the only one I know) that has shouldered rims. He's sells the Morad rims and they are a nice Akront replica. I run them on 2 of my bikes.

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Buchanan's is another source for shouldered rims. They carry a good variety of vintage style Takasago Excels.
All are priced at $165-$186

Here's the link---http://www.buchananspokes.com/Excel_shld.htm

Cheers, Bret @ Glass from the Past

Edited by - bret on Apr 16 2007 10:28:07 PM
 

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Buchanan's is another source for shouldered rims. They carry a good variety of vintage style Takasago Excels.
All are priced at $165-$186

Here's the link---http://www.buchananspokes.com/Excel_shld.htm

Cheers, Bret @ Glass from the Past

Edited by - bret on Apr 16 2007 10:28:07 PM
 

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Thanks for the answers, I kinda figured that "Strength" would be the order of the day, but figured I'd ask.

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The Akronts are nice pieces of work...this old basket case Duc Scrambler I have has the OEM Akront flanged rims...as straight as they can be and will still polish up nice after decades sitting outside.
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