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    Rear hub suggestions

    On my P3 its time for a new rear hub... again... and im looking for suggestions.


    My beat machine see's a combo of dirt jumping, trials, mostly urban assault and some 14 mile each way commuting.
    Ive been a big fan of the run of the mill shimano XT hubs, they are super cheap, even though i get 2 or 3 years out of one before the bearings go south and mash the races.
    Im not a big guy, about 170, but the hub see's a lot of miles in a year and i think its time to upgrade the hub on the back end.

    I was looking at a profile hub, but at $500 a set (i dont need the front) that is over what i am looking to spend. Yeah i might be able to sell the front and recoup some of the cost, but id rather just buy a rear and not have the hassle.

    A friend turned me on to Industry 9 hubs, or a complete wheel, and they look nice but the cost is similar to the profile. Also the I9 looks light, and like it wouldn't stand up to a few years of hard miles. I do like the rapid engagement though...


    Anyone have any suggestions of a strong rear hub with bearings that will stand the test of time and not get loos and clunk around like machine bearings have a tendency to do?
    Weight is not an issue, needs to be QR, 6 bolt disc mount, and not any fruity color. Currently it is 9 speed, but i have been seriously considering going single speed because i only use one speed anyways. It would be nice to ditch the der and all the chain lash while thrashing about.

    Should i just get a king? I dont know why but im hesitant to put a king on this bike. I ran one on my road bike for a while and it was ok, but i dont know how it would stand up to this kind of load.

    Any thoughts?

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    ShimanoXT rear hub.
    Buy a nice chro-mo solid axle to go with it.
    They are solid as a stone and cheap and easy to repair.
    I know there is a lot of sexier stuff available, but the XT is hard to beat.

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    A HOPE Trials/singlespeed hub? 48pt engagements.

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    Hope is a really good option. They also make bolt-on hubs, which are more reliable than QR's. But if you are sure about going singlespeed, then you can take a look on fixed hub + freewheel option. Those fixed hubs are strong and freewheels are reliable and exchangable. A really good freewheel from White Industries costs about $100.
    But you probably won't be able to do both trials and commuting on a singlespeed bike.

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    A HOPE SS/Trials hub can fit up to 5different cogs on it with 9spd spacing. Therefore can have a trials gearing, trail gearing and commuter gearing... Just sayin.

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    Yeah, Hope is really versatile and light as well. A good choice.

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    definately go with hope, the second to that would be hadley. :] good luck!

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    No Hope w/o Hadley

    Quote Originally Posted by DirtBound View Post
    definately go with hope, the second to that would be hadley. :] good luck!
    Hadley's are my favorites. Very durable, they adapt to every axel size. I think that they are more durable than Hope's.
    Hope's are very good hubs, Hadley's are excellent.
    Cheers,

    Kane

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    Hope, Chris King, Transition, Atomlab... All good hubs!

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    I went with Profile. There's not a lot of options out there for high end single speed disc cassette hubs. I also highly considered the Atomlab Pimplite and DMRs.

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    Another option, is to do routine maintenance on your hubs. Change the bearings before they destroy the races. I repack all my hubs, BBs, and headsets every three months, or after riding in wet/dirty conditions. This is especially true with high end hubs. Without proper maintenance a $500 hub will get thrashed in the same way as the cheaper models (it might just take a little longer).

    I have XT hubs on my AM hardtail. They've been rebuilt 4 times in the life of the wheelset. With new bearings they spin better than the day I bought them.

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