Published on January 4th, 2012 | by Joe0
G- Force XC ATV Wheel Test
Rocky Mountain ATV’s in-house brand offers one deal of a wheel.
In ways, ATVing has gotten more affordable than it was back in the 1990s. This is due ,in part, to distributors carrying their own in-house brands like Rocky Mountain ATV/MC and their line of G-Force ATV wheels. With their double rolled edge design, the G-Force XC wheels are most comparable to DWT’s Ultimate ATV Wheels, which retail for around $100 a wheel. The G-Force wheels will set you back around $45.00 per wheel. If you are looking for a lighter weight wheel for sand or lighter duty use, Rocky Mountain offers their G-Force GP wheel for a bit less.
The G-Force wheels are constructed of 5052 aircraft grade aluminum, with sizes and offsets for most applications. The wheels feature pressed-in aluminum lug rings, allowing for the use of tapered lugs. The wheels are available in two finishes, polished aluminum or black anodized. Saving money is only good if you get more than you pay for. We ordered a set of G-Force wheels for our old Raptor 660 to find out what you get for their modest price.
We ordered black anodized wheels in our Raptor’s stock size and offset. As usual, Rocky Mountain had them at our door within a couple of days, thanks to their typically fast shipping. When we unpackaged the wheels, we noticed a very slight difference in the black finish between the front and rear wheels. We contacted Rocky Mountain ATV regarding this issue and they promptly offered to swap the wheels out. With them standing firmly behind their product, we carried on with our testing. The first test of a wheel’s finish is installing tires. We managed to wrestle on a set of six ply Maxxis Razr XCs without as much as a minor scuff. After setting our tires’ pressure at seven pounds front and six pounds rear, we hit the trail.
Our test was conducted at Bill’s 491 Off-Road Park in DeMossville, Kentucky. Exploring the trails at Bill’s, we got some airtime, bounced over a few logs, and found plenty of exposed rocks with which to beat our wheels. After several hard trail rides, the wheels are still straight and true. While we haven’t taken them to a motocross track to drop ten feet out of the air with them yet, we are convinced that for the money, the G-Force XC wheels are a viable option for sport riders.
Right after sending us our G-Force wheels, Rocky Mountain informed us that the XC wheel was being replaced by their new XC-1 design. The XC-1s are constructed in a different facility, are said to be constructed of a stronger aluminum, and are available in a polished finish or black powder coat. According to Rocky Mountain, they switched from anodizing to powder coating to solve any color inconsistencies they originally had with anodizing. All of the updates come with a modest price increase of around $4!
For the price of a set of gently used wheels on eBay, you can outfit your ride with a set of brand new, G-Force wheels. Are they as good as the competition’s premium priced wheel? We would have to do a lot more extensive testing to know for sure. We felt that what we got was worth more than what we paid. For aggressive trail riding, we wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.
Manufacturer: Rocky Mountain ATV
Product: G-Force ATV Wheel
Price: $45 each
G- Force XC ATV Whee
Summary: For the price of a set of gently used wheels on eBay, you can outfit your ride with a set of brand new, G-Force wheels. Are they as good as the competition’s premium priced wheel? We would have to do a lot more extensive testing to know for sure. We felt that what we got was worth more than what we paid. For aggressive trail riding, we wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.