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  1. #1
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    what to do with old Formula SS wheelset with non-engaging freehub

    The OEM Salsa single speed wheelset (Formula) on my El Mar has been through 2 freehubs. The replacement was nominally for the Redline Monocog wheel and failed after 15 minutes of light duty testing in my drive way. I invested in a better wheelset in the mean time.

    Suggestions for what to do with the old wheelset. As a parts swap, is it even worth the shipping. Formula hubs are nothing great, their freehubs die quickly and are not serviceable, and the OEM wheelset included the ZTR Rapid rims, which are just boat anchor versions of Crests with straight gauge spokes.

    Do i bother trying to find another freehub? My research suggests that the Bontrager, Raleigh XXIX, Redline Monocog and Salsa El Mar single speed wheels are all running this freehub.

    Possible uses:
    tear down to practice rebuilding the wheels
    ship to someone who may not mind the woeful service life of the freehubs

  2. #2
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    If you have an interest in building your own wheels than go with option 1, if not list it on CL.
    Option 3 would be to use them as a backup set in case you don't have another bike or as a winter commuter set to keep the other set nicer for longer if you commute.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

  3. #3
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    How about looking for a cheap rear hub that doesn't break as often as the Formula hub? If you found one that results in the same spoke length, you could just swap the rear hub, keeping the same spokes and nipples. Then you would have a second set of wheels as backup or you could put slick tires on them for road use. Or sell them.

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