Regardless of the matterial (forged or cast aluminium, carbon fiber, or magnizum) another advantage sportbike wheels have over spoked (also called laced) wheels are that they are more rigid and let the suspension do it's job better as well as being more stable and providing more feedback in turns.
In addition to all of the above mentioned reasons for the prices there is also the fact that it's a small market requiring more of the companies overhead to be put on to each item sold.
Let's just create a hypothetical example. If it takes 10,000 man hours to R&D a wheel at $20 an hour and you only sell 1,000 of them (500 bikes) that's $200 a wheel in R&D. If it's a car wheel the market is much larger and lets say you can sell 100,000. (25,000 cars) That's only $2 per wheel.
Not to mention labor, operating costs, materiels, capital, and make enough profit to be able to make it worth doing again next year instead of working at Kentacohut.
Last edited by Black_Snowman; 08-18-2002 at 08:10 PM.