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    SnoWhite hubs

    I am in the market for a 170mm rear hub:

    I found these:

    White Industries SnoWhite Fat Bike Hubs from bikeman.com

    Anyone have any experience with these compared, to say, the Hope FatSno?
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    I have no complaints about my 135 rear white industries hub after about 3k miles. Had to regrease it once and for some reason it's gotten louder, but it spins longer now than when it was new.

    It's on my cx/commuter which sees snow, rain, salt, and the tears of my enemies, but no sand or deep water like my fat bike.

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    Re: SnoWhite hubs

    I think the snowhites just came out like a month ago or so. Probably not many reviews yet... but they look damn sweet.

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    How many POE on these hubs?

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    Re: SnoWhite hubs

    Several.

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    I'm considering these too. Got this answer from Bikeman:
    (medium sound meaning quieter than the Hope Hub I guess)

    "Yes, we really like white industries products, very well engineered/u.s. made.The rear hub is a steel driver of medium sound click-wise.
    Building to Surley Marge lite rims would require 263mm spokes (Wheelsmith) front and rear.Thanks for the inquiry.
    gary@bikeman"

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    I have an old pre-disc White hubset from the early 90s that still works perfectly despite little to no maintenance. Original bearings, too!

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    I wouldn't have any worries about White Industries hubs. I've had several front and rears over the years, and they are impeccably engineered, engage quickly, are easy to take apart and put back together and use cartridge bearings that are easy to service when they do wear out. They're on par or better than anything else out there, and service with White directly has been superb.

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    Going to add to the dog pile that all of the White stuff I've used is great.

    Even the Eccentric Eno I tried, which really shouldn't have worked, worked pretty well. I thought it was slipping but eventually determined the half link chain I was using really *did* stretch (as opposed to most chains which wear out to be functionally longer but don't truly stretch along the plates).
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    Got some more info from Forrest R. Carver of Bikeman:
    "White Industries is our least warrantied brand, so I have a lot of faith in these hubs. They are medium as far as the clicking noise. Louder than DT or shimano, about as loud as Hope, and much quieter than Industry Nine or Chris King. These use a steel freehub."

    So no reason for me unfortunately to trade the new Hopes, soundwise.

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    135mm whites are much quieter than 135mm hopes

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    Thanks for clarifying, probably the same for the 170mm Whites vs. the 170mm Hopes. Which one would be the quietest 170mm then for building a silent wheel? Surlys, 616, 907?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgould View Post
    Got some more info from Forrest R. Carver of Bikeman:
    "White Industries is our least warrantied brand, so I have a lot of faith in these hubs. They are medium as far as the clicking noise. Louder than DT or shimano, about as loud as Hope, and much quieter than Industry Nine or Chris King. These use a steel freehub."

    So no reason for me unfortunately to trade the new Hopes, soundwise.
    To comment on CK decibal levels the 135mm i purchased for my Pug last yr does not have the LOUD reknowned bee buzz and is frankly along the lines of shimano. Did i get a freak or has CK addressed the loudness when manuf??

    here's yet another high end hub from Paul.
    Disk RHUB 170 from Paul Component Engineering

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    Jeez, I have no idea which way to go for 135/170mm Clownshoe build for my Beargrease.

    Hope?
    White Ind?
    Pual?
    616 is supposed to have their new fatbike hubs available around June along with an XX1 cassette body from Easton.

    But the matte grey finish on the Snowhite hubs is really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars_D View Post
    I am in the market for a 170mm rear hub:

    I found these:

    White Industries SnoWhite Fat Bike Hubs from bikeman.com

    Anyone have any experience with these compared, to say, the Hope FatSno?
    Here you go :http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=e...m-upload_owner

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    I have couple of WI freewheels (regular, no trials) and couple of wheels build with eccentric and regular hubs. They are bombproof and very well made, absolutely love them. And I love, no - ADDICTED to the sound of WI freewheels - sweet and loud!
    I had their cranks too - no complaints, still regret that I sold them with the bike.

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    How many points/ degrees of engagement?

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    Funny! Only a few years ago, we had a discussion about options for 170mm hubs, here. At the time, White Industries said, unequivocally, that they had no intention of ever making one! (They didn't want to compete with the new product that Paul was going to be making.) Post #10. Always amazes me how fast the fat bike market has grown.

    I'm glad I saw this thread though, because I'm in the market for a new hub, and never would have expected WI to be an option. I think they make the absolute best components out there, from a quality-for-dollar value standpoint. I have a couple of their freewheels, a set of their regular hubs, and several of their bottom brackets. Nothing but good things to say about the parts OR their customer service.

    Freewheels are NOT quiet, though, if that means anything.

    I'll be ordering one soon - polished silver! I can post back once I get it built up into a wheel, if anyone is interested. (may be mid winter by then, though...)
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    White Industires does not know how to make bad products. Every WI product I have ever owned or come across has been outstanding in quality and performance! I have them on one of my road bikes, they are hands down my favorite hubs. I also have one of their square tapered BBs and its just as smooth if not smoother than my fancy modern ceramic BBs, and it has to be at least 10-15 years old at this point.

    I would love to see more WI hub wheels in the mtb market. If I was in the market for fat bike hubs I would go with these in a heart beat. Plus the name Snow White works really well here.

    I just wish they had them in a few other colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamkeith View Post
    Freewheels are NOT quiet, though, if that means anything.
    Part of the charm - I know one is coming when I hear it!

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    I'd like to have a Snowhite rear hub.

    That way I could say I was riding Snow White in the rear....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1spd1way View Post
    I'd like to have a Snowhite rear hub.

    That way I could say I was riding Snow White in the rear....


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    I can't imagine any hub being louder than my Hope. I'll keep my hears out for a Snow White on the trail this winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1spd1way View Post
    I'd like to have a Snowhite rear hub.

    That way I could say I was riding Snow White in the rear....
    Did you ride Snow White with 4" or 5" ?

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    And there's the polished set. Those would look mighty fine laced to some carbon rims ...

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