Yes totally heavy. But kids want heavy rims these days. They think light is bad.
and steel rims are WAYYY heavy. Lots of cheapo bikes here (20 dollar bicycles) are made with steel rims. The process of making steel rims is really cool tho, cuz the steel doesn’t even come into the rounding machines as a profile (they are single walled), it starts as a spool and the rims are made nonstop till the spool of steel is gone.
After getting one of my rims de-ano’d / high polished I can say… they get misty as fuck when strangers are always oogling your ballin’ ass wheels and put their fingerprints all over them. A clean rag and Simple Green doesn’t do the trick either…gotta polish them back up if you want that original shine. Also, rain riding gets them misty fast.
My vote: clear andodize them bitches. Anyone with some lye, polishing compound and elbow grease can take whatever rim they have and turn it into a mirror… getting the clear anodization over that take a bit more $$$ though.
Same polishing process for either sample? I’ve not really done a side-by-side comparison. If I ever got off my ass and got an anodizing line going, I could do that. Speaking of other options, there’s also clear powder to consider. Selling non-anodized aluminum bits to the general public sounds like a bad proposition to me in terms of having to deal with customer complaints.