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    Best Value for a “Lifetime” fix/ss flip flop track hub?

    Quality, durability, dependibility, solid and smooth ride, sealed against all weather, and a reasonable expectation the hub will last 20+ years for year round riding on rough roads and trails, all in the mountains.

    Runners for me so far:
    Surly (presuming bearings are adjusted)
    Phil (the presumed king, but at a price that may be worth it)
    Paul (love his brakes)

    With abandon,
    Patrick

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    There's lots of good hubs out there, but this one is rebuildable, and S-A quality is good, and the price is even better.

    Sturmey-Archer | HBT30-R Silver



    I built one up for my wife's bike, and was impressed with its quality. I have much fancier hubs to compare it to (eg Phil Wood etc). I'll use them again.

    Also individual parts are available.

    https://www.sturmey-archer.com/files...%20-%20HBT.pdf

    https://www.sturmey-archer.com/files...%20-%20HBT.pdf
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
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    You forgot to mention White Industries ENO flip flop hub.

    One quick note about the Surly hub, I have one of the New hubs with the 7901 semi adjustable cartridge bearings and I'm also apparently one of the few who has not had a problem with them, the Ultra New have the 6901 cartridge bearings which are not adjustable so there shouldn't any issue with the bearings. All that said, my New disc hub on a threaded axle has been pretty bombproof.

    That Sturmey looks pretty darn nice when you consider the price....
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    ...That Sturmey looks pretty darn nice when you consider the price....
    Yup, makes all the boutique brands look excessive.

    I've got hubs from WI and Phil Wood. They're shinier, but I don't think they are better quality. The S-A stuff is all well made in my experience.
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
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