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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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