are you doing natty or urban? if you're doing natty you can get away with a bit lighter stuff. if you're doing hardcore urban i'd try to get a decent rim/ hub set up (although in natty wheels are still VERY important)
i have never even had to true a front wheel on a trials bike, and thats with doing some hard front wheel slaps. Just get something light. A lot of people prefer a wide front rim as well. Makes the bike very stable.
i have a cheapy insanely lightweight, thin front wheel. if i did lots of crazy natty and used my front wheel alot then i'd go with a better setup, but i dont see any need. going to an uber-light front wheel setup added inches to my moves too :bigthumb:
drilling makes so little difference in the strength of a rim, especially the front. go with whatever yo uwant, i just feel that the rhyno is light and cheap enough... i have seen people ride with $20 front wheels too.
i think my front rim is a single wall, my hub is some shitmano thing, i just changed axles from bolt on to quick release yesterday cause bolt on was giving me the shits. I have steel spokes which i coloured black and it looks sick, it is not a very good wheel, pretty light!
i like nosehops and front wheel stuff and taps and wit running stupidly low pressure cause i could not be bothered pumping it up i have had no problems other than ink getting scratched off my spokes.
well i think that good front rims do matter . for example if you really screw something like a gap up and land front wheel first really heavy it matters, and a slightly wider rim and tire(drilled rim preferably) for more stable front wheel moves i guess, coz front wheel moves a da bom :bigthumb:
and also the front chris king hub is for lightnessand looks, or moreso for people like me who love spending every last cent they have on getting the best bike the can possibly get .
anyway, i suggest a sun rhyno lite rim on a nice disc hub with wide flanges and so on ... this is what i am running and i have never bent my front rim and i have done some heavy front wheel landings a few times ...
The front wheel is about the only part still intact from my X-Lite that I got in September 2001. I'm not even sure if I've had to true it. It is an Ot Pi edition Monty rim (drilled) and the generic Monty bolt on hub. So I would say that if a thrasher like myself can keep a lightweight set up intact for that long, strength probably isn't crucial. For instance, I've snapped three forks, a frame, cracked another frame, snapped a crank arm clean in half, snapped a pedal spindle in half, and made mexican food out of three or four rear wheels, and the front wheel is perfect.
Honestly though, a wide front rim does make a difference. It spreads the tire out, giving extra traction, bounce, stability, and flat protection.