How many of you have actually broken a cast wheel. Not your buddy, not your sister's boyfriend's 2nd cousin, not an article somewhere, but you? I have ridden bikes for 50 years, owned maybe 20 in the last 10 years with cast wheels. Not an avid off road rider, but I do ride fire roads. Have slightly bent a couple wheels hitting potholes (on paved roads) over the years (ruined the tire in both cases) but the wheel was perfectly ok. Did a fair amount of offraod with my Triumph Tiger 800 with cast wheels, never an issue. Not at all suggesting that spokes aren't more durable, just curious how often, or seldom, cast wheels get broken?