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    Need help/advice on Prophet hub upgrade

    I'm planning on making the first real upgrade to my Prophet soon and I think the first component that is going to go is the crappy rear hub. But, I'm not sure what route to take. If I purchase a new DT Swiss hub is it a big deal to have my shop switch out the old hub and lace the new one in with my old spokes and rim. I'm not sure if it would be cheaper to just purchase a rim, spokes and hub package or not. I like the 819's that came with the bike and wouldnt mind keeping them. What do you guys think? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coalriver-rider
    I'm planning on making the first real upgrade to my Prophet soon and I think the first component that is going to go is the crappy rear hub. But, I'm not sure what route to take. If I purchase a new DT Swiss hub is it a big deal to have my shop switch out the old hub and lace the new one in with my old spokes and rim. I'm not sure if it would be cheaper to just purchase a rim, spokes and hub package or not. I like the 819's that came with the bike and wouldnt mind keeping them. What do you guys think? Thanks.
    It is rare that the spokes would be of the right length, plus I wouldn't reccomend re-using the nipples.

    In my opinion, if you like the 819's (decent rim btw), just buy the DT hub and a new set of DT spokes sized to fit with that RIM. That way you also have full control over which spokes you would like to use, not just the spokes available in a package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalriver-rider
    I'm planning on making the first real upgrade to my Prophet soon and I think the first component that is going to go is the crappy rear hub. But, I'm not sure what route to take. If I purchase a new DT Swiss hub is it a big deal to have my shop switch out the old hub and lace the new one in with my old spokes and rim. I'm not sure if it would be cheaper to just purchase a rim, spokes and hub package or not. I like the 819's that came with the bike and wouldnt mind keeping them. What do you guys think? Thanks.
    Unfortunately, the existing spokes will not work(not 100% on this, but like, 98%, I'd have to crunch some numbers to be positive), as the existing hub has different dimensions than your soon to be new one. So you are looking at new spokes too. If the rim is in nice shape, it's worth saving, but it is time consuming to tear it down "gently" so as not to warp it all to hell (what happens if you cut the spokes). Also, the threaded inserts need to be undone, (more time). So, it may behoove you to buy a whole new wheel, and keep the other as a spare, never a bad idea, and the extra money spent, will be forgotten, the first time you need a spare, and have it= My 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalriver-rider
    I'm planning on making the first real upgrade to my Prophet soon and I think the first component that is going to go is the crappy rear hub. But, I'm not sure what route to take. If I purchase a new DT Swiss hub is it a big deal to have my shop switch out the old hub and lace the new one in with my old spokes and rim. I'm not sure if it would be cheaper to just purchase a rim, spokes and hub package or not. I like the 819's that came with the bike and wouldnt mind keeping them. What do you guys think? Thanks.
    I just replaced the rear hub with a DTSwiss HUGI FR. I love the racheting sound! I elected to keep the 819 rim and replace the spokes. My wheel builder did mention that gently tearing down the rim is a pain in the arse but I'm a good customer. I'm glad to have that crappy hub in my rear view mirror.
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    Isnt she lovely. I love the noise of this one too. And I kept my 819 UST.

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    I also run a hügi FR on my 4x, amazing hub with great sound. Engagement is really solid and looks good to boot. Expensive retail price though.

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    I had the same issues with the rear hub. Junk
    But cannodale did warranty the rear hub. They sent me a whole knew one. but I bought a Demax its much stiffer and helped the rear end flex a little plus the yellow looks cool with the blue. The cannodale hub would loosen up evey three weeks.

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