I am looking at a new hub for my hardtail 29er. I narrowed down to two hubs, the Shimano FH 629 and the FH-665.
I have been reading a lot about these and have come away a little confused.
They both have 32 POE and there prices are a few dollars off from each other. The M- 629 is supposed to be 29er specific and supposed to handle more torque. I have read that they are the same, but the paint is different.
But then I read on Amazon.com the following base discriptions of each hub.
FH M629 hub specs off of Amazon show the following
Double Contact Seal to shut out water and mud
Parallax hub design
New freehub body to take the extra torque of a 36 tooth cassette
Shimano Reference Number: HB-M629
FH- 665 hub specs off of Amazon show the following
Angular contact bearings
Double contact seals
Shimano Reference Number: FH-M665
From the descriptions, they seem different. Not sure what parallax hub design is, but it looks to be a hub design that came out in the mid 90's. Old technology?
I have read good reviews about the m665, but it's hard to find reviews on the M629. The angular contact bearings are supposed to be good, but is it available on the M629?
I ride rocky sections both steep up and down, mixed in with smooth hardpack. Which one is going to be stronger or does it matter?
Any enlightment would be appreciated.
So Cal Rod
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