Originally Posted by geometrician
Superlace isn't just bigger spokes, it's changing the angles the spokes enter the hub
Spend a few minutes searching OC for the pics of our dented rims with our "oversize" spokes
My buddy knows/rides with Chris Jones who has been competing in the Dakar races for years now & Woody did a set of Superlace wheels for him... not a single spoke lose, broken or bent over the entire race duration while the rims remained true. To put it in perspective it is usually a daily problem with repairs in the rest periods at night. That's a pretty good testimony if you ask me.
I'd build the front rim as strong as you can- personally I'd like it to be nuclear-proof as it's the narrower front that takes the most damage with the least amount of tire/tube air volume to handle it.
I've seen so many DID Dirt Star rims bent at the KTM/Husaberg/GasGas shop that I'm not as impressed with them as some people seem to be.
Call Woody & ask questions- they'll tell you what they know, and set you up with the stuff to do it yourself if you wanna save $ or learn to do it yourself. I'd think spending the money (if you have it) will provide you with wheels you don't have to worry about for years- kinda like painting a car or soldering- the difference in what you can do vs. someone that has done thousands
of them is worth considering spending your hard-earned cash on.
Been there, done that. Its a big win for myth and good advertising. I found the end result no better...and I'm not alone in this either. Nothing special, its just a wheel...a really overpriced one. In fact, its the only wheel I had trouble keeping true.
Lacing a wheel is sort of a dark art to motorcycle mechanics, like carb tuning or fork valving. Folks think its hard but it really isn't once you know how. There is no Jedi master, no great yogi on the mountaintop, that aura of bullshit only cons the rubes...of which are abundant here.
FWIW, pm Neduro or Pyndon and ask them how the SE rim did on the Baja 1000.
I myself have beaten the ever loving crap out of mine and its still true. Baja babyheads at 70, Rocky mountain rock garden passes fully loaded, Copper Canyon back trails, etc... nada, no blemishes. If the goal is to spend the absolute most on a wheel and get some kewl stickers in the box with it, then by all means that guy in Colorado is your best bet.