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    Chewing up my cassette freehub?

    Hi All,

    I'm running your standard, milk toast, pedestrian, everyman Shimano XT hubs and I'm worried about chewing/gouging in my freehub body. I'm using a Chris King cog and some Surly spacers.

    Is anyone making a replacement freehub body made from steel? I would happily take the extra grams for an indestructible freehub. I put a lot of pressure on the pedals when climbing.

    Does this exist?

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    I don't know if it exists but I've got the same problem on my 2015 Trek SuperFly SS. The cogs need more meat where they meet the splines. I really kind of just liked my screw on BMX cogs from years past.

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    I use Problem Solvers cogs and carriers and haven't had a single issue with freehub wear. Clever and awesome and they allow you to stash extra cogs on disc hubs since they use a 6-bolt pattern.

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    I thought Shimano freehubs are pretty well always steel?

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    I've run King cogs, Niner cogs and Surly cogs on a "standard" freehub. While they do mark it up a bit I wouldn't say it chews it up. Not a big deal, can still get a cassette off and on if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    I thought Shimano freehubs are pretty well always steel?
    ^This

    At least I think its that way all the range up to XT, not sure about xtr.

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    Plus, CK sprockets are pretty wide based anyway.

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    No such thing as a durable shimano freehub let alone indestructible.

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    Endless Bike Co Kick Ass cogs have a super wide base and won't chew your freehub.
    They're alloy but last ages.

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    Is it actually chewing up your freehub or are you just worried about it?

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    The Shimano hubs on my beater work fine with crappy stamped cogs. Steel is real.

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    I've not seen a Shimano free-hub chew up? Is this an actual problem?

    Hope ones, yeah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Is it actually chewing up your freehub or are you just worried about it?
    I chewed up my last ones with a cassette. I'm looking to nip the problem in the bud. Speccing out the bike for endurance racing and remote touring!

    I can buy an XTR Titanium freehub body through my LBS. Anyone know if it's compatible with an XT hub? Would rather not rebuild my wheel.

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    Cheap cassettes would chew a freehub, but wide-based SS cogs won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdilthey View Post
    I chewed up my last ones with a cassette. I'm looking to nip the problem in the bud. Speccing out the bike for endurance racing and remote touring!

    I can buy an XTR Titanium freehub body through my LBS. Anyone know if it's compatible with an XT hub? Would rather not rebuild my wheel.
    I think an xt freehub body will be stronger and more resistant to getting "chewed" than an xtr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abelfonseca View Post
    I think an xt freehub body will be stronger and more resistant to getting "chewed" than an xtr.
    The XT one is made from titanium. From what I can tell, titanium ones are damn near indestructible - YEARS of use without a mark.

    The steel freehub bodies do just as well. It only takes a slightly harder metal to resist the grooves.

    Unfortunately, XT hubs use an aluminum freehub body. It's easier to manufacture, and a bit lighter, but you can chew into it if you really pedal hard.

    I'm not saying "The XT hub is terrible" and I'm also not saying I can't use an aluminum freehub body.


    But, if someone else has replaced their XT freehub with an aftermarket steel/titanium one, or an XTR one, I'd like to know before I try to do it myself. If you haven't done this, specifically, there's not much else that can answer my OP! Sorry!

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    My advice is to not worry about it. I use CK cogs on AC aluminum hub bodies and don't have any issues with gouging. And AC hub bodies are the softest out there I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdilthey View Post
    The XT one is made from titanium.


    Unfortunately, XT hubs use an aluminum freehub body![/B]
    Confusing misprint is confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Confusing misprint is confusing.
    I thought the same thing. Too many Fat Tires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo-x View Post
    My advice is to not worry about it. I use CK cogs on AC aluminum hub bodies and don't have any issues with gouging. And AC hub bodies are the softest out there I think.
    I think that's going to be my new plan.

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    I use an Origin8 cog that has a nice wide aluminum carrier. I think I got it off of eBay for less than 20 bucks.

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