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    ZTR Crest or Arch?

    Hey guys, buying a set of wheels soon and was pretty dead set on the ztr crest but the light trail use in their description has me considering the arch instead.

    I weigh 145, ride in south Florida, markham park, oleta, Amelia, Virginia key. I ride pretty fast, pretty aggressive. I do small jumps and stuff, nothing like free ride, but in several spots at markham I catch air or huck off a edge.

    My concerns came when I read about people having the crests come untrue. And I also hear the arch are noticeably stiffer and track better.

    Any ideas? Thanks

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    I weigh about the same as you. I don't do big jumps, but plenty of short drops, 1-3 feet ish. I'm not always the most graceful rider, I've got a bad habit of slamming my rear wheel into rocks by cutting turns too sharp.

    I've been running Crests for the last year and they've held up great. There are a few scratches from rock hits, but they haven't dented and are still running perfectly true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by splatworldwide View Post
    I weigh about the same as you. I don't do big jumps, but plenty of short drops, 1-3 feet ish. I'm not always the most graceful rider, I've got a bad habit of slamming my rear wheel into rocks by cutting turns too sharp.

    I've been running Crests for the last year and they've held up great. There are a few scratches from rock hits, but they haven't dented and are still running perfectly true.
    Haha kinda sounds like my riding. Cut too sharp a few weeks ago and I don't even know what exactly happened but next thing I know I'm on the floor slamming my
    Hip into a rock lol

    Thanks for the input

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    a 26" arch ex rim will add about 60 grams per wheel. might be worth a thought if you plan on riding different trails in the future.

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    You shouldn't have a problem with the crest @ 145. If you were doing that same riding at 200 I would say Arch EX would be a better choice.

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    You should look at the Pacenti TL28
    Light as the Crest and wide as the Arch

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    I just got some pacenti tl28, specs say 390, actual was 410, pretty far from the early articles of 360 keeping it close to the crest wheels....

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    I ve been hesitant to pull the trigger on these set too. I am at 180lbs and while I consider my self a flowy rider the trails I ride are not smooth by any means. I already have the ZTR Flows on my all mountain, and I am very impressed, so these will be for Xc only on my 29r ht. my hesitation comes when the trail points down and the gnar begs you to push it.

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    I like the weight to price ratio, tubeless ready, bst technology, very popular among the masses. Like you I am not sure if to go Crest or Arch

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    I was shocked how noodly the crest was just building it up in the stand. Extremely easy to flex all over the place. The arch was stiff, impressively stiff. I rebuilt them with maybe 200 miles on them for a 140lb xc racer. They were nearly trashed in 200 miles.

    There was no comparison between the two. I wouldnt put anyone over 100lb on the crest, and even then id still probably recommend the arch. I might go so far as to say the crest just plain sucks! The arch is a good rim though.

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    Noodly? Wow, I haven t heard that

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    On the Notubes site is a Technical Doc under the Help Center-- ZTR Rim Setup Options.
    The spoke tension maximums are listed for each rim. Crests- 95kgf and ArchEx- 125kgf.
    This shows up when you dish a wheel. The drive side may be 95 and the non drive 65. When the wheel is heeled over during a turn and you hit a rock or root the wheel can flex. That 65 side can go totally loose and the nipples can spin a little and the wheel can need truing. The 95 max can give you a more flexy wheel as it tracks or changes direction.

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    I did both

    I used the Arch EX for the rear and Crest for the front.

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