Circus Monkey hubs

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  • 06-11-2013
    kidd
    No complaint so far. i'm no racer or strava junky. thé turf ticklers are wore off thé racing ralphs i'm using. But that's not saying much.
  • 06-11-2013
    Sablotny
    I gave up on my rear hub at under 1,500 miles. Didn't completely fail, but enough noise and wear that I didn't want to get stranded 15 miles from the trailhead. Like the weight and machining quality of the hubs - and the price - but not worth a disposable, one year wheel build to me.
  • 06-13-2013
    kidd
    Just happen to put another 4hrs. on the hub. and this was the result. i think the pawls are deflecting during engagement. probably not worth getting a new freehub body. if one part broke and the others are cracking. this might not be a deal breaker though. it may still function as designed. the material is really thin that broke off.
    i think some dremel work will prevent further breakage.

  • 06-13-2013
    ktm520
    Looks like the ring gear made contact with the freehub. Notice the vertical line/mark were the anodizing is worn off. This was a common problem with the previous version due to the axle flexing. I can't believe you are ok with this. Good luck.
  • 06-14-2013
    kidd
    it's a 12x142 hub on a carbon frame flex is minimal. those are the only two areas that have the abrasion. and since i didn't ride it but a few miles after it started making noise. i'm going to assume it was the broken pieces. no other damage anywhere. the material is just to thin there not to have problems.
  • 06-14-2013
    car bone
    Thats pretty common in all similar ratchet hubs. Either the metal fails there or the springs fail or the pawls themselves, or the ring. Its a flawed disposable design from the start. The only good hubs using this design seems to be WI and hadley, and shimano, but theirs is different.
  • 06-14-2013
    ktm520
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kidd View Post
    it's a 12x142 hub on a carbon frame flex is minimal.[/URL]

    This has nothing to do with what I was describing. The hub axel itself flexes enough to allow the freehub to make contact with the ring gear in the hub shell. There is also signs of the ratchet paws "mushrooming" their seat in the freehub body. Anyway, good luck with that.
  • 06-16-2013
    Fodder69
    My hubs are holding up well but I've only put about 500 miles on them so far.
  • 06-16-2013
    bosbik
    oh man...looks like i need to look elsewhere for hubs...
  • 07-05-2013
    Fodder69
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    Spoke too soon, freehub on my HDW3 exploded on me this past weekend. Emailed about a warranty but not sure what I'll do with it seeing as how I really won't trust it after this.

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    Originally Posted by Fodder69 View Post
    My hubs are holding up well but I've only put about 500 miles on them so far.

  • 07-05-2013
    car bone
    I just recieved 2 new slx rear hubs and 2 front ones, I think the total cost was like a 100 or 150 or so, i don't really care but it was cheap. They last a long time, they are servicable and dependable. forget about all these nonsense noname crapola hubs. either get proper high end stuff time tested and proven like TP CK WI DT Hadley, (DT seems to be a stretch really to be honest) or get shimano non alu axle/internals models. The shimanos are the same quality as the rest and they cost nothing. They been doing that same design now for like 40 years they have it pretty well nailed down by now to be honest.
  • 08-06-2013
    supericepower
    Good afternoon, someone can tell me what steps the hub bearings hdw2? thank you
  • 08-06-2013
    Fodder69
    Car Bone, no question about shimano being bullet proof (but heavy) and getting what you pay for (light but expensive!). I will say the seller I bought from off ebay, funkyhorse99 was solid and mailed me out a new freehub so my HDW3 is back working again.

    The new freehub has 5 pawls instead of 3.

    Problem now of course is I have a very light wheel that I still don't trust to give up the ghost. I'll ride it for local training but I'll be throwing my heavy XT wheel on for races and any ride I am not prepared to get stranded on, at least until I put enough miles in to be confident on this one.

    I am 180 and ride a full suspension so take that for what it's worth. I don't think I am too hard on my equipment but I don't baby anything. Next rear wheel I build will probably have to be a Chris King but those things are not cheap...
  • 08-06-2013
    WerxRacing
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fodder69 View Post
    Car Bone, no question about shimano being bullet proof (but heavy) and getting what you pay for (light but expensive!). I will say the seller I bought from off ebay, funkyhorse99 was solid and mailed me out a new freehub so my HDW3 is back working again.

    The new freehub has 5 pawls instead of 3.

    Problem now of course is I have a very light wheel that I still don't trust to give up the ghost. I'll ride it for local training but I'll be throwing my heavy XT wheel on for races and any ride I am not prepared to get stranded on, at least until I put enough miles in to be confident on this one.

    I am 180 and ride a full suspension so take that for what it's worth. I don't think I am too hard on my equipment but I don't baby anything. Next rear wheel I build will probably have to be a Chris King but those things are not cheap...

    That Ebay seller (funkyhorse99) is Shirley Ho & works at Circus Monkey. I have talked to her a lot & got a set of the HDW3 from her. She is great. Even named me on a pic on Facebook to help show me dimensions for my builder to help on spoke selection.
  • 08-06-2013
    Axe
    Circus Monkey hubs
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by car bone View Post
    I just recieved 2 new slx rear hubs and 2 front ones, I think the total cost was like a 100 or 150 or so, i don't really care but it was cheap. They last a long time, they are servicable and dependable

    Got another set of "no-name" Nukeproof hubs. Chose instead of Shimano for better rear and front axle options (in case I switch the wheelset from 135x12 and 20mm to 142x12 and 15mm). And can use it on another bike. With another pair I have (Generator AM wheelset) I see no functional difference with DT Swiss and Hope (Hadley would have better engagement). Easy to service. Yes, you get what you pay for, but sometimes it is enough. ... And Circus Monkey keep working perfect on my daughter's bike.
    Price (online)/reliability/features wise my favorites are Hope Pro 2s.
  • 08-11-2013
    Verbl Kint
    Has anyone tried the newer HDH hubs (supposedly for AM/FR/Enduro)?
  • 08-28-2013
    AC/BC
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Verbl Kint View Post
    Has anyone tried the newer HDH hubs (supposedly for AM/FR/Enduro)?


    I am interested in these as well since the HDH supposedly can be ordered with 15mm axle.
  • 08-28-2013
    WerxRacing
    MY HDW3 / HDW2-F hubs on Crest 29er rims. 1514grams with skewers. 3 weeks & 280 miles. Still working nice & will post other updates

  • 08-28-2013
    WerxRacing
  • 11-13-2013
    jerem21
    spoke length
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by WerxRacing View Post
    MY HDW3 / HDW2-F hubs on Crest 29er rims. 1514grams with skewers. 3 weeks & 280 miles. Still working nice & will post other updates


    can yu please give us the spokes lengths thank you
  • 01-27-2014
    Zachua
    well I ordered a set of these last week and now I'm reading all these posts above about them crapping out.

    What hubs would be a good alternative that weigh similar? I've read negative reviews on most lightweight hubs including Tune and others so it's hard to discern which is the "best."
  • 01-27-2014
    pinkston32
    I would say a reasonably priced, durable, lightweight alternative is WTB or American Classic hubs. However, engagement is relatively awful. Then of course, there are DT hubs but they're not exactly cheap, even secondhand.
  • 01-27-2014
    sasu
    I just built Circus Monkey wheels on WTB Frequence i-23 rims for my Cannondale F29 Lefty.

    It is winter here, lots of snow, and I will be riding these new wheels in the spring in a few months so no experience using them yet. The hubs look beautiful and flawless, that is a promising sign.

    I built these wheels for semi-slick tires for my daily city commute, to compete on average speed with my colleagues. I am pretty sure I will eventually end up using these wheels for serious trail hammering. I will post my experiences later this year.
  • 01-28-2014
    kidd
    the hdh hubs i built last spring are holding up. after i modified the pawl limit tab. just built a set of the new 5 pawl hdw2 for my gravel grinder. i have been cleaning and relubing the pawls on both lately. just because i'm putting more miles on them, and all negativie posts.
  • 08-24-2014
    Soundbud
    Hdw3 hub bearing dimensions
    Anyone know what bearing sizes the hdw3 hubs take? Are they 28mm diameter?

    Also what is the width from bearing to bearing? I'm thinking could use powerway / Novatec axles / free hub drivers with these hubs?

    I have some powerway / novatec hubs I could take measurements from
  • 12-06-2014
    Forcemajeure
    how about circus monkey rims? anyone tried em?
  • 01-17-2015
    Forcemajeure
    no one using circus rims D202420?
  • 02-05-2015
    geekonabike
    Exactly what I was looking for Matt, You Da Man!
  • 03-08-2015
    Refreshing
    Just finished my wheelset build.

    I bought the Circus Monkey HDW2 hubs from ebike.ltd on ebay. I read this thread 3 times before purchasing them then 3 more times after purchasing them because I am worried about reliability. I asked the seller to provide hub measurements but the crappy small pictures in this thread, on the CM website, and that the seller gave me are ALL unreadable so I used a spring tensioner and measured them myself following my book's instructions.

    The hubs are laced to Spank Oozie 295's with Wheelsmith 14/15/14 gauge spokes. If I have any problems with the hubs I will let you guys know in this thread. If you don't hear from me again I had no problems.



    Thanks for all the info in this thread! :thumbsup:
  • 10-23-2015
    Forcemajeure
    how's your circus monkey hubs?
  • 10-24-2015
    geekonabike
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Forcemajeure View Post
    how's your circus monkey hubs?

    Mine take everything I through at them. Ran them on the Colorado Trail Race with no problems. I weigh 140, add another 50 to 55lbs for bike and gear. Gonna build two more wheel set using them.

    what don't kill you only makes you smell stronger. ; -)
  • 10-30-2015
    Lance Armstrong
    Hey guys, I am in desperate need of somewhere I can get a new freehub body.

    I bought a used set of HDW's and the body is fairly chewed up, but my main problem is the bike industry and their stupid standards that make no sense. I assumed since my xtr m9000 11speed worked on 10 speed hubs, that my ultegra 11 speed would as well.

    Of course Shimano would have an 11speed freehub body for road, but make 10 speed compatible with 11 speed for mountain bike, because that makes sense, right?

    I tried emailing circus monkey, and numerous ebay sellers of the hubs to no avail. Hopefully you guys can shed some light where to get a new freehub body. To be sure, this is the HDW freehub Body with the 3 pawl mechanism.

    Cheers!


    Cheers!
  • 10-30-2015
    Lance Armstrong
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lance Armstrong View Post
    Hey guys, I am in desperate need of somewhere I can get a new freehub body.

    I bought a used set of HDW's and the body is fairly chewed up, but my main problem is the bike industry and their stupid standards that make no sense. I assumed since my xtr m9000 11speed worked on 10 speed hubs, that my ultegra 11 speed would as well.

    Of course Shimano would have an 11speed freehub body for road, but make 10 speed compatible with 11 speed for mountain bike, because that makes sense, right?

    I tried emailing circus monkey, and numerous ebay sellers of the hubs to no avail. Hopefully you guys can shed some light where to get a new freehub body. To be sure, this is the HDW freehub Body with the 3 pawl mechanism.

    Cheers!


    Cheers!

    I included pictures of the freehub body etc. The basic 3 pawl one.

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  • 10-31-2015
    Haint
    The real Lance Armstrong?
  • 08-25-2017
    jvossman
    howdy. I have a circus monkey hdw2 front and rear. Needs new bearings. circus monkey appears out of biz. can anybody give me a part number or the measurements needed so I can get the correct bearings online? TIA. jv
  • 08-25-2017
    jvossman
    Thank you.
  • 08-25-2017
    mattsavage
    Try this email...
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    Originally Posted by jvossman View Post
    Thank you.

    rita.hsieh@cycletaiwan.com

    This shop may have parts.
  • 08-25-2017
    Axe
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jvossman View Post
    howdy. I have a circus monkey hdw2 front and rear. Needs new bearings. circus monkey appears out of biz. can anybody give me a part number or the measurements needed so I can get the correct bearings online? TIA. jv

    Pop them out and measure with calipers. Then order one of the many available fine replacements.

    Will definitely be a more reliable method then some odd interwebs shops guessing remotely. You need to get them out anyway.