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Old Jan 28th 2019, 06:33 AM   #1
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I'm looking for recommendations on where to buy carbon wheels for the V4. Right now I'm leaning towards BST's. I'd appreciate feedback from those running them. Would you buy carbon again? Thank you.
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Old Jan 28th 2019, 06:57 AM   #2
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I'm looking for recommendations on where to buy carbon wheels for the V4. Right now I'm leaning towards BST's. I'd appreciate feedback from those running them. Would you buy carbon again? Thank you.
I've had 4 different sets of carbon wheels on various Ducatis over the years. They're awesome from a performance standpoint. While I've chosen forged Mag or forged Aluminum also many times, there is a noticeable difference with the carbon due to the extremely low rim weight. So even with the wheels being close to the same overall weight, the carbon wheels FEEL even lighter while turning. The only downside really is durability (at least PERCEIVED durability), especially on a track bike that is going to see frequent tire changes and if you're racing, more likely to see the ground more often. In my experience that has not been an issue, as long as the tire changes are done by a technician who is competent and uses the proper rim-savers. I actually just put a set of BST's on my 2010 Multistrada! ;-)

If you don't have a preferred vendor for BST already, just shoot me a PM and I'll get you a price on a set.
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Old Jan 28th 2019, 10:34 AM   #3
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I've had the BST's on my Speed Triple for about 7 years, 35,000 miles.
They are totally awesome in terms of performance from reducing rotating mass. I'd do it again for a ROAD bike.

If you change your own tires, no problem. If a shop changes the tires, make sure they are willing to accept the liability of changing tires on a carbon rim. Many will not.

On my track bike, I go for forged aluminum (Oz). One thing to consider for track/race bikes is that the wheel does not absorb the heat from the tire/tire-warmers, so the tires can cool down extremely quickly. Not an issue for summer track days, but it can be HUGE issue in spring/fall, particularly if the session or race is red-flagged and you have to move to hot pit and then go again. cold tires -> crash

Then there is the issue of potential damage from going down on track and the increased frequency of tire changes.

I'm going through the same decision process for my 1199 wheels, a second set for racing, OEM forged for practice days. I'm going for forged aluminum for all of the above reasons.
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