The ZTR Arch was designed for aggressive cross country use, utilizing innovative design and construction. Available in both 26" and 29"FEA optimized center arch increases stiffness Unmatched strengthTo weight ratioWelded joint Bead socketTechnology Can be used with or withoutTubesTube system sold separately Black anodized finish 19mm inner width 24.4mm outer width 32 HolePublished weight 26" 420 grams, 29" 470 grams
Weaknesses: Not a true down hill for a rider my weight (200 LBS 91KG), then again neither is my bike.
FWIW rims are probably the most worthless review one can write; spokes, tires, tire pressure, and rider skill come into play as does assembly. More than any other part of the bike maintenance and quality of assembly is key to durability. Not many of would ride if our derailleurs where so out of tune it would damage them while not many of us would stop and true a rim after an oops. After many miles of down hill I had a pinch flat on a Mavic 117 doing 20 mph or so on rocky section of DH. My rim builder (message for info in the Salt Lake area) recommended the flow for my price range, he likes Stan's products.
Factory spec Mavic 117s served me well even on some DH and mild jumps, if not for a pinch flat I would still be riding them.
These rims are IMO mainly for 200 pound guys like myself for all mountain if you are an XC guy look elsewhere, if you are as light as I should be >180 then it might be a true DH rim for you.
Note the 5 chilli value rating is for the last gen rim in white @ $40 ea it drops a chilly for $90.
Strengths: as tough as nails!! Easy to set up tubeless, and never burps
I love this rim so much. It is insanely easy to set up tubeless and seals up with no effort whatsoever. I actually discovered a huge rip in my tire that had sealed up at a race in the middle of nowhere, with no air compressor within 30 mi, and was able to rego tubeless with the new tire and a floor pump on my first try, with no soap or anything. These rims never burp either, except for one time where I knuckled a jump on my hard tail (out of 2 years of use). These rims are BOMBPROOF!!! My bike actually fell off of my car on the interstate while going 80 a month or so back and the wheels didnt even have to be trued, they were perfectly straight and i didnt have to worry about it! Also, to show how well the bead seals on to the rim, my tire ripped at the bead for maybe 20 cm of length when it impacted the freeway, but the bead of the shredded up tire still stayed in the rim!!!!! Great rim, buy it!! Also if anyone is wondering I run these with maxxis ikons, an x7 hubs, and some dt swiss spokes.
Strengths: Tire seal is excellent even with Normal Folding Tires (No burps yet)
No burs from the manufacturing process
Light & Strong for a front rim
Weaknesses: No eyelets
Replaced my non tubeless front oem DT Swiss rim. Lots lighter and tubeless ready. Wheelbuilding was easy except you must pay attention to the tension meter to not exceed recommended tension. There were no nipple eyelets.
It seen almost 6 months of use through the southwest from Navajo sandstone to alpine mud. It holding well from roots to bike parks. No dents or burps so far (fingers crossed) and no complains. Just make sure to clean the tire beads when resealing the tire. Not bad for a front rim. Needs air compressor to sit tire on the rim (probably because my tire is non UST). Definitely, would not use as a rear rim.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: April 7, 2012
Strengths: Weight, great looks, easy to setup tubeless
Weaknesses: None so far, maybe price if they did not come with my new yeti Sb66 frame, but you do get what you pay for.
I have the new 2012 Arch EX and the Bottom line is that these rims have been outstanding from the get go. I cannot comment on there long term resistance to wear and tear but so far they have been nothing but perfect.
If you are in the market and look outside Mavic's range these really should be your only consideration.
Similar Products Used: Mavic, nothing else compares
Bike Setup: Yeti SB 66, full xo build with the formula the one brakes.
a All Mountain Rider
from San Luis Obispo, CA
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2012
Strengths: I upgraded to an Arch ZTR because I needed a new front hub (15mm). My only real requirement was that it be reasonably priced, reasonably tough, and easy to go tubeless. Well on all accounts this fits the bill. I wrapped it with yellow rim tape, inflated a tube and tire and left it overnight. Came back the next day and installed the valve. Then aired up a Specialized Enduro 2.4 tire on the FIRST TRY with the valve core left in. DanG! That was easy. After about 50 miles of riding. No burping, no air loss, just a tight, reliable, and confidence inspiring fit.
I haven't bashed the rim yet so I can't really comment on how it'll hold up, but it does seem well made and the new hub (X9) rim combo is certainly lighter and faster than my previous one.
Weaknesses: None that I have found.
Very happy with the choice of rim. Time will tell on the durability, but the ease and security with which non-UST tires mount makes these a winner.
a Cross Country Rider
from East Coast
Date Reviewed: April 24, 2010
Strengths: Stiff, durable, and easy to mount UST tires
These are awesome rims. They replaced my ZTR 355's (tacoed the front) and have performed flawlessly. I have them laced to White industries hubs, which seems to be a good combination. If you are on the fence between the 355's and the Flows, get the Flows (especially if you are closer to 200lbs and ride more than flowing, groomed singletrack).
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: December 10, 2009
Strengths: Stiffness, strenght, weight and ability grip tyre bead
Weaknesses: Hmm let me see... No can't think of any. The "bland" look could be called stealth and real bike aficionados will recognise you ride a winner. Respect.
Was looking at ZTR Olympics but some trails I ride are a bit rough. Had the rims stiched up to a pair of gold Hope II hubs and fitted with standard Maxxis Crossmark Exceptions. With the Stans sealing fluid I have a very light trail/XC wheel set, no burping. Just requires the occasional pressure correction (Non UST tyres afterall).
Bike Setup: Scott Reflex FX-15 frame, reba front, 3-position scott rear shock, FSA carbon bars, Fizik Gobi (nice), XT everything, Hope II hubs, Maxxis Crossmark tyres (what can I buy next?)
a Cross Country Rider
from Loveland, CO USA
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2009
Strengths: Light. Strong. Not overly expensive.
Weaknesses: None ID'd yet
I've put about 50 miles on these rims, the last 25 tubeless. They have held up well on typical NoCo trails, no loss of alignment or problems whatsoever. Put on a fresh set of Mavic Ignitors on them, and they stuck right on without any problems. Small air leak, but that may be expected? No burping at all, and roll well. Love 'em and would recommend to anyone.
Similar Products Used: Alex rims (stock) Mavic 317's w/ Shimano deore hub
Bike Setup: '08 Specialized RH Comp 29'er. XT components.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 29, 2008
Strengths: These rims hold up to 105KG gorilla with ease. Couple of
difference after i have changed to Arch. 1) Landing on 1
foot jump is much firmer. 2) Going downhill is easier since
they are more predictable. 3) This is the biggest advantage. Arch is not exactly lighter than my previous rims. But when pedaling uphill, they keep on rolling at while cranks were at 12 and 6 o'clock. In comparison to prev wheelset, they kinda "paused". So it took more energy to restart momentum.
Weaknesses: Not much review/write-up about Arch. I suppose that's the reason why they aren't expensive. Also, i don't like the decals. Looks cheap.
If you are handsome and heavyweight at the same time, you need these rims. Because they could bring u into and out of
the wood with confidence.
I reckon my wheelset config is just right. They weight about
1.9KG. Light enough to start rolling. Whats important is the
stiffness to keep on rolling.
Similar Products Used: American Classic Terrain wheelset
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Blur LT, DT Competition Spokes and Chris King Hubs.
from Culver City, CA
Date Reviewed: May 6, 2008
Strengths: Fairly strong for its weight. Holds most tire beads better than standard rims.
Weaknesses: Not wide enough for 2.35 or bigger tires. Maybe not strong enough for heavy "all mountain" riding...
I like these rims. I've built two sets so far. One for my old Heckler, on DT 240 hubs, and a new set on the Industry 9 hubs for my 6.6. They are easy to build up and true. The set on the Heckler have stayed true and been a great wheel set. The new set have needed a bit more TLC. After the first few rides they needed a big truing... maybe more then normal. This could be from the I9 aluminum spokes...? But the rims have also suffered some pretty good dings. I think I might rebuild this set with the beefier Flow rims.
Bike Setup: Intense 6.6, 36 Talas RC2, DHX 5.0, XO, Race Face, Formula The Ones, Industry 9 Enduros. 30 lbs of love!
a Cross Country Rider
from Elmora, Pa
Date Reviewed: March 24, 2008
Strengths: Strong, stiff, and light
Weaknesses: Ordinary no flash looks
Great product. These rims survived a trip to Ray's mtb park and come out without a wobble. I rarely leave the ground, but found myself trying to fly due to confidence in rims after hammering them over rocks and logs. They are not the lightest, however they work for agressive XC perfectly. 735g front and 868 rear. Four chilis all around.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]817056[/ATTACH]Just got a new Pivot Mach 5.7 alloy and it came with DT Swiss Tricon M1700 wheels. They look and feel pretty good, but I've heard some mixed reviews since they have proprietary spokes and adjustments/repairs are not readily available at the LBS.
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I just got an off-the-shelf Salsa Spearfish (a screaming deal BTW) that came with stock ZTR Arch rims, tubes, and Conti X Kings as part of the package. The ZTR rims came with yellow tape, but no rim strip.
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Found a set of wheels today that sound too good to be true for the price. Stans ZTR ARCH EX w/Hope PRO 2 EVO Hubs for $199.00ea. I have been looking for a new set of wheels in the $400 range and these seem to be the best bang for the buck. I even called the supplier to confirm the price on the rear ... Read More »