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    least "noisy" rear hub?? vote-

    just curious to get some opinions here. what do you guys believe to be the most silent hub.

    ive come across a deore freehub body by accident that is more or less inaudible. not the nicest, i know, but i HATE the ratchet sound. i know a lot of people dont understand this and can argue, but thats not what im trying to start here.

    i remember someone saying something about the 240s being pretty quiet . any feedback??

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    Quote Originally Posted by scaryguy137
    just curious to get some opinions here. what do you guys believe to be the most silent hub.

    ive come across a deore freehub body by accident that is more or less inaudible. not the nicest, i know, but i HATE the ratchet sound. i know a lot of people dont understand this and can argue, but thats not what im trying to start here.

    i remember someone saying something about the 240s being pretty quiet . any feedback??
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    a well broken in Industry 9 is nice.. but not sure if it's as quiet as some of the others. New, they're like a swarm of bees.

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    Shimano...no noise.



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    While I've got a near silent King, it's not the norm and I've got two fairly loud ones. My Shimanos are fairly quiet, my 240s is fairly quiet.
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    My AC hub is quite a bit quieter than the Shimano it replaced...

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    Prettymuch any hub can be made to be either noisy or quiet, depending on how oten it's maintained, and the ammount/type of lube used.

    Find a hub you like, and pack it full of grease to make it quiet.

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    Shimano Silent clutch LX

    I have a very old wheel, not even sure how old it is now but probably going on ten years that has been a tank for me. 36 hole silent clutch laced to a sun mammoth rim with straight gauge DT spokes. I have re packed the thing countless times. It just keeps going and going. I learned to dirt jump on it and then replaced it with a slightly nicer lighter wheel which I promptly broke and now I am back to riding it on my dirt jumper again. The only real down side is the kind of slow engagement. That and when I really wrench on the thing like trying to do trials and going from back wards to forwards it some times slips a tiny bit as it engages. It never really slips more than 1/8th of a rotation before really biting tho, totally unnoticeable in regular trail riding. I am not sure if any one is still making a roller clutch style free hub any more.

    Did I mention this thing is really silent?!

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    I've got a SS (not a fixie) that the road noise is louder than the freehub... but I think you're after something for a cassette

    In that case, not the Hope Pro II's or Kings....I know Shimano has a police hub that is whisper quiet (for using a bike for sneaking up on the bad guys)...our local officers use them and they are seriously quiet. Make my Pro II's sound like a Harley w/ slash pipes in comparison.
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    My American Classic made WTB Laserlite Disc hub is nearly silent. I have to stick my ear down by the hub to hear it when I give the rear wheel a spin when it's on the stand. I don't hear it at all on the trail.
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    +1 for Shimano XTR. I have a couple older ones and they are dead silent. My dad has a King and it drives me crazy!

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    I have a set of brand new Crossmax SLR's and so far they are very, very quiet. Like I said, so far. My dad has XTR's on his Ellsworth however and they are 3 years old and completely silent.
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