Novatec D882SB hub questions
I am wondering if anybody has any experience with Novatec hubs...specifically the D882SB model (set up for 142x12). It is a wee bit on the heavy side. I am pretty certain that that model hub is all steel...steel hub shell, freehub body and axle. I am wondering if it is possible to swap out the freehub body and/or the axle for aluminum replacements. It looks like they sell aluminum freehub bodies but I don't know if they would be compatible with this hub. I have poked around on line quite a bit and tried to contact Novatec and their US sales guy, as well as some other online Novatec resellers. I can't find a conclusive answer myself and nobody I have reached out to has gotten back to me. So, I turn to you..the great MTBR.com forums community!
Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
At under 350g it is not a heavy hub at all.
Originally Posted by JudgeMorris
The hub shell is aluminum, not steel.
I do not see a 142/12 axle option.
The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common
Looks like a steel axle and freehub body...shell is alloy. I still don't consider 404g really that heavy for a solid and quite durable (as other Novatec hubs have been) 142mm x 12mm hub.
Have you tried calling the US rep? Harder to ignore than emails.
D882SB (RH) - Novatec
It seems like the big problem is spare parts. People seem to have some trouble sourcing freehubs when necessary.
id check out the bikehubstore.com hubs if you're looking for something budget. They're really light compared to almost anything, and spares are easy to find (through them). 48pt too, and durable.
Thanks for the quick responses.
I heard back from a US sales rep (who has been quite helpful thus far) and you guys are correct: the hub shell is 6061 T6 aluminum. And yes, 404g is not super heavy. I admit I am being a weenie. I know the aluminum parts won't be as durable, but I want to experiment and see for myself.
One Pivot: thanks for the tip, I will check that out!
If anybody is interested in the outcome of this experiment I'll be happy to post back if/when I've made some progress.
Last edited by JudgeMorris; 11-27-2012 at 07:35 PM.
I'd be interested to hear more about the outcome, please post! My SRAM X.9 is eating non drive side bearings so I am considering to replace it with a D882 (with 10 mm thru axle in aluminium).
Regarding spare parts at least for my D712SB that takes the Novatec type B1 freehub I got a real quick delivery of the Anti Bite Guard version from BDop Cycling Co. I however believe D882 takes type B freehubs, and at least bdop only have the regular version of these.