Supermoto wheels are often quite expensive and choosing the right one for your purpose can be a bit of a minefield.
Generally speaking there are no cheap wheels and a quality set of 17-inch Supermoto wheels could set you back around £500 - £2000 depending on your requirements and usage.
The benchmark wheel set is often the Excel rim on a Talon hub and these are the most common amongst Supermoto riders either on the road or on the track. Both of these companies are well established and known throughout the sport and motocross for their long-lasting quality.
Whilst they are still not cheap, there is a budget option with Warp9 Racing, they released a wheel package just two years ago that rivals the Excel/Talon set. They come with a front 320mm rotor, a rear rotor and rear sprocket and are often considered a good budget oriented package, particularly for those riders who will be mostly riding on the road.
The main advantage of the Warp9 set is that it is low cost but good quality. However, for those looking to use it in a more competitive manner, the Warp9 kit may not represent the same value for money as it may not stand up to the same level of regular impact as a more expensive set.
Marchesini are another wheel manufacturer who has entered the Supermoto market in the last decade. They advertise the fact that they are technically the lightest Supermoto wheels available and are popular with the pro Supermoto racing teams on both sides of the Atlantic . However, as they are cast they tend to be stiffer than spoked wheel and more difficult to service.
Having said that, this stiffness does benefit the rider as well in that it substantially improves rider stability under braking, in tight corners and when quickly flipping directional changes. Marchesini sets come in 3.5" x 16.5" or 17" front and 5.0" x 17" rear sizes. They also feature a unique design in that the wheel and tyre temperatures reach optimum heat much quicker, ensuring the best grip regardless of conditions.
Excel Takasago rims for Supermoto. Excel aluminium supermoto rims for your Talon hubs, professionally drilled and specified for supermoto. Excel rims are the strongest and lightest rims you can bolt to spokes. Holding more championships under their belt than any other rim maker, Excel rims are the defacto standard that other rim makers try to emulate. Rims you can be sure of coming off the tallest jumps!
Talon Engineering has engineered and manufactured the best hubs in the industry for over 35 years. Manufactured in England, Talon hubs offer the ultimate in strength, reliability, and appearance. All hubs are machined from aircraft quality billet aluminum, and come ready for installation with all bolts, bearings, and spacers necessary.
Carbon Fiber bonded to aluminum creates the lightest and strongest hub possible!
The size of the wheel is quite dependent on what you intend to do with your bike. For example, those who are looking to race and have purchased a bike that is intended solely for Supermoto racing, would look for a 16.5" x 3.5" inch front rim and ideally a 5" x 17" inch rear rim.
The advantage of this is that with a 16.5" front rim, you will get a notably quicker turning response and the larger rear rim increases the contact at the rear. For those who are looking for a Supermoto bike for street use or small-time racing, a front rim of 17" x 3.5" and 4.25" x 17" rear may be more appropriate as it will maximize your options when it comes to choosing tyres, both from a performance perspective but also in terms of price.
We would greatly appreciate your opinion on what wheels you own on the Forum, the pros, cons and any suggestions of what wheels you would purchase next.