Wheels and hubs

hey guys, i was looking at some pictures of some sweet bikes, and i was wondering if the wheels and hubs are usually anodized, or if they are powdercoated, because i wouldnt think either would last long on a wheel or a hub out on the mx track.

Rims and hubs are generally anodized, if they are any color at all. In fact, "natural" rims are frequently anodized silver to give them a longer lasting luster. It isn't any more scratch or chip resistant than any other color, but you can't see it when it happens.

Yup, most are anodized, some people powdercoat the rims and hubs to change the color. I don't think that hubs take that much abuse, so powdercoating, or even painting if done right can work on hubs. I've heard that powdercoating works on rims alright, but anodizing is the way to do it right.

Anodizing is best. Take a look at mine. Its a 2002 model that was purchased in December of 01. I put the rims on just a couple weeks after I bought the bike. This picture was taken a couple weeks ago.

IMO, they still look very good.

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Colored rims look cool and all, but I really don't like them for trail riding. The blackness is just not holding up very well on my rims. I trail ride my bike pretty hard, so it must not be harder on the paint than just riding motocross. Also, I had to fix a flat tire out in the middle of the desert. The tire irons really scuffed up my rims up.:bonk:

They definitely look good, but in my opinion they are a waste of money if you do any serious trail riding. :naughty:

I have Pro Wheels with powder coated hubs. I don’t think powder coating the wheels would be a good idea. I think they would scratch way too easy, especially when changing tires. The hubs don’t take the abuse the wheels do so they stay looking good.

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They definitely look good, but in my opinion they are a waste of money if you do any serious trail riding. :bonk:

You didn't notice my 3.9 gallon fuel tank? My bike spends most of its time in the woods.

Colored rims hold up well, but you have to take care of them too. I change my tires with standard tire irons, but I take my time to make sure my rims don't get scratched.

You didn't notice my 3.9 gallon fuel tank? My bike spends most of its time in the woods.

Colored rims hold up well, but you have to take care of them too. I change my tires with standard tire irons, but I take my time to make sure my rims don't get scratched.

I envy your 3.9 gal tank. The largest I can get is a 3.1.:bonk:

Just from this season alone, 65 hours of use, my black rims look terrible.

i kinda thought powdercoating would be stronger myself, because another one of my hobbies is paintballing, and the anodizing on my paintball guns seems to scratch really easily. Maybe it is a different process, different prep, or maybe just more coats?? dont know exactly how it all works.

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