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    Is ‘mismatched’ hubs bad form?

    Building up a new wheel set to shake things up, I’ve been riding i43/e50 wheels and 3.0 tires for like 2 years, so I wanna build a set of i29 or i30s to run ‘traditional’ 2.4-2.6 tires.

    My rear hub is (as all my rear hubs have been for years) a Hadley. But, honestly, looking at my other wheels and the front Hadley hub, I’m wondering why I need to have a front Hadley hub for this wheel... I’m not saying ‘eff it, anything will do’, but, is it terribly poor form to like... do a Novatec front, or a BHS in the same color as the back hub? I mean it’s a pair of bearings and a 15x110 axle...

    FWIW, I’m not super concerned with resale value.


    Whos running a pair of mismatched hubs, and has an opinion?
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    I’ve run mismatched hubs on many occasions, so I don’t think it’s bad form. There are a host of reasons, beyond economics, one might choose mismatched hubs. From my perspective, I don’t care if they’re the same color. Do what makes sense for you and don’t worry about the tweakers, elitists, and Freddies.


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    The kind of people that would care about that, you shouldn’t care about!

    Edit: Bad grammar is bad form
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    Form above all, after all, rules are to be obeyed.

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    I almost 100% of the time will run a Bike Hub Store plain black hub on the front and whatever hub suits my needs on the rear. Guess how much anyone has ever checked to see if my hubs match... How's never?

    My fat bikes and my Krampus all have Hopes on the rear for the noise to warn riders I'm coming. They all have plain front hubs.
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    Most of mine are mismatched. One was done purposely and looks cool. Check out Hope front hubs for a little bling without the big price tag.
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    Main reason to me is the different spoke lengths if your building your own.

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    I haven't had a reason yet to mismatch. But I feel like on my bike I'd like them to match. No logical reason. My tires usually match, too.

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    I have done it. It makes no sense to spend money on a pricey front hub when a cheaper one is just as good and looks similar. A good quality rear hub is a better place to spend money. I only use black because the wheels will probably see duty on a few frames.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by travis bickle View Post
    i have done it. It makes no sense to spend money on a pricey front hub when a cheaper one is just as good and looks similar. A good quality rear hub is a better place to spend money. I only use black because the wheels will probably see duty on a few frames.
    this!!!

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    Thanks guys!

    I scored a gently used Hadley rear hub in black for $150 from a friend of a friend, which is kind of what sparked all of this in the first place.
    It seems crazy to spend that much on a front hub that doesn't "do anything".
    A black Novatec D791 boost hub is $30 on eBay.

    I'm debating on doing the build myself (I have built a few sets previously), or just having a shop build them to save myself the time/energy.

    Pretty sure the hoops will be WTB KOM 'light' i29s
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    On one wheelset I run an XTR front and DT 350 rear, because the XTR was a better gram to price ratio and front hubs are nothing more than a tube and two bearings essentially. Similar reason on another bike I have a DT 180 rear hub and 240 front, no reason to spend way more on a 180 front. On yet another bike, I run a simple shimano through axle front hub and hope pro 2 evo rear. Run what you want.
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    I run mismatched hubs for all the reasons listed above by everybody. I also run them because I know it bothers a lot of "peeps" out there and that is way more important to me than cost savings, lol.

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    Who gives a flip about what you run for hubs. I run completely different front and rear wheels some time. Nothing matches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Guess how much anyone has ever checked to see if my hubs match... How's never?
    Not out loud anyway

    My rule is 'If my bike has a pair of something, they must match'.

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    I have run a WTB front hub on every bike I've built since 1989. Well, until I bought my Fat bike this past Summer...

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    King rear.

    Dt 350 front.

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    You will almost certainly get increased drag from the bad harmonics, not to mention face plant after turning to see what people are yelling at you about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    ..But I feel like on my bike I'd like them to match...
    it's also good mojo to match them to your purse...


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    Its far more important to be color coordinated.
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    You're turning black metallic.

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    Oh wait actually I do have a mismatched set with a M6000-B centerlock on the rear and SRAM predictive 6 bolt on the front. But they ARE both black and thus color coordinated. What sucks is that if I put XTR 9100 on that bike, I can't put one of those neat looking RT99 rotors on the front. sucks.

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    Mismatched hubs you get free cred. I turn up my nose at those fashionistas with the matching hubs - and you should too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Howard View Post
    Not out loud anyway

    My rule is 'If my bike has a pair of something, they must match'.
    Even tires?
    I like turtles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Howard View Post
    My rule is 'If my bike has a pair of something, they must match'.
    I have a pair of brakes with XT levers and SLX calipers. Stew on that for a while.

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    Why did you waste money on XT calipers? SLX are the same brakes just cheaper.

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    Easy part is done. The Novatec label is a very thin sticker. Gonna see if I can de-badge it for the stealth look.

    Now on to spokes, nipples and rims.
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    I have a bright orange hope pro4 out back, and a black xt front hub. 6 bolt rear, CL front. Doesn't even sort of match.

    I thought about swapping in an orange hope, but I cant bring myself to spend time and money to install a lower quality hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    Why did you waste money on XT calipers? SLX are the same brakes just cheaper.
    Read much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impetus View Post
    Easy part is done. The Novatec label is a very thin sticker. Gonna see if I can de-badge it for the stealth look.

    Now on to spokes, nipples and rims.
    Even better, put a Hadley sticker on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    Even better, put a Hadley sticker on it.
    I get the distaste for matchy-matchy but that is sacrilege!

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    100% of front hubs surveyed could not tell which rear hub was following them.

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    On my fatbikes i have ripped off the stock rear hub and put a dt swiss on. Last bike had turquoise hubs so the black rear kind of bothered me. The black front and dt rear now isnt even noticeable.


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    I just finished a set of wheels with a Hope rear hub and a BHS front. If it really bothers me I can Sharpie out Hope on the rear hub.
    I like turtles

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    I scratch off names and pull off the stickers. No name brands = less bandidos. Use black paint to write your name on your black hubs. Could get a Bandido arrested.

    More important, build your own wheel.

    Edit:
    Does they guy that told you to use Hadley hubs wear white after labor day?

    More edit:
    Hadley
    Weight: 194g F, 363g R
    Engagement points: 36, 72
    Price: $ 285 F, $525 R

    No wonder I have never seen one,

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisx View Post
    I scratch off names and pull off the stickers. No name brands = less bandidos. Use black paint to write your name on your black hubs. Could get a Bandido arrested.

    More important, build your own wheel.

    Edit:
    Does they guy that told you to use Hadley hubs wear white after labor day?

    More edit:
    Hadley
    Weight: 194g F, 363g R
    Engagement points: 36, 72
    Price: $ 285 F, $525 R

    No wonder I have never seen one,
    Fake news by about $200.

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