• 12-30-2012
    TURBOTWIST
    hub info: giant 'tracker sport'
    hello folks

    i have a question about giant's 'tracker sport' hubs.

    i would like to know if the hubs are of the cup-and-cone/ loose bearing type or the sealed cartridge type.

    can any giant owners help me here? :confused:
  • 12-30-2012
    One Pivot
    Usually offbrand/house brand hubs are cartridge bearing unless they're on very low end bikes. The non-shimano loose ball hubs tend to be veeery low quality. The few giant hubs ive had or seen have all been sealed.

    Sorry, not a definite answer, but id strongly bet they're cartridge hubs.
  • 12-30-2012
    tuskenraider
    On my 2012 Talon 0 they are cone with loose bearings. Glad I checked because the roll like doodoo right now and need some attention......though I will have new wheels before spring. :thumbsup:
  • 12-30-2012
    Bike Whisperer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    Usually offbrand/house brand hubs are cartridge bearing unless they're on very low end bikes. The non-shimano loose ball hubs tend to be veeery low quality. The few giant hubs ive had or seen have all been sealed.

    Sorry, not a definite answer, but id strongly bet they're cartridge hubs.

    8 years of wrenching actually resulted in the exact opposite results. Most low end house brand hubs (on sub $1K bikes) were cheap cup and cone models. Usually made by Formula, Quando, or Joytech.
  • 12-31-2012
    One Pivot
    I think you kind of agreed with what I said? :lol: The low end house brand stuff is usually loose ball. If its not a low end bike and it still has house brand hubs, they seem to be cartridge. Giant uses "giant" hubs on bikes around $3000-5000. Their trackers for 2013 are listed as sealed.
  • 12-31-2012
    Bike Whisperer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    I think you kind of agreed with what I said? :lol: The low end house brand stuff is usually loose ball. If its not a low end bike and it still has house brand hubs, they seem to be cartridge. Giant uses "giant" hubs on bikes around $3000-5000. Their trackers for 2013 are listed as sealed.

    Tracker Sport hubs are on lower priced Giant bikes such as the Talon models. Different hub than the sealed models you see on their more expensive models.
  • 01-04-2013
    fahza29er
    Sealed means that it's sealed does not mean its cartridge, my XTC has sealed bearing they are loose balls and grease, giant brand is Formula hubs I called giant and asked. The sealed part is just the rubber cone cover stopping dirt and water from getting in and grease from getting out.
  • 01-07-2013
    TURBOTWIST
    thanks for the participation chaps. ;)

    briefly, i'm a big fan of cartridge bearing hubs and so the chance of the 2012 talon '2' having them fitted as stock would have swung a purchase.

    sadly, it turns out they're supplied with loose bearing hubs.

    oh well, plan B then! :thumbsup: