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    Novatec Hubs or Budget Hubs

    Looking to build a cheap light wheel set for my 8 year old for a 24" Transition Ripcord.

    I'm looking to get better parts than what Transition offers on their complete bike, but at a lighter and better price point. I'll be building the wheels myself.

    Looking into standard 100/135 QR hubs that are less than $100 /set.

    I'm leaning towards Novatec. I spoke to Charlie from their USA distribution office and he mentioned the following:

    D541/D542 higher engagement hubs a bit heavier than the below
    D971/D972 Good overall hubs
    D991/D992 similar to the D971/D972


    Any experience with these? I would like to get something with decent engagement at light weight. My son is about 50lbs so I don't think durability is high on the list. These should last him, no?

    The other option is Chosen hubs but they have so many hubs on their site that it's overwhelming to research. Apparently this brand is what Stan's 3.30 hubs are made by. Any experience?

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    Don't know about those, but you might also consider the Bike Hub Store, which are Bitex. I have a few different sets and they've been fine. There's a thread about them somewhere in this forum.
    Do the math.

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    Shimano hubs are solid and affordable. You can get a SLX (or XT) hubset for less than $100.

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    Charlie and Novatec are both solid. I can't speak specifically about the hubs your considering, but I will say Novatecs hubs are solid, contrary to popular belief.

    A word of advice if you go Novatec, just be sure to add threadlocker to the axle cap on the rear axle and you'll be worry free till its time to replace the bearings in a few years. <<< This is where all the hate for Novatec comes from, people don't do this and KAPOW the hub blows up.
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    I second the Bike Hub Store recommendation. Excellent hubs. Exactly what you're looking for.
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    For a lightweight child Novatec may be OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
    For a lightweight child Novatec may be OK.
    Actually they work well for intelligent, informed, mechanically inclined, adult males as well. Definitely not for your average mtb hack, which does explain your disregard.
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    I'm a hub snob after my Novatec experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy.Ford View Post
    Actually they work well for intelligent, informed, mechanically inclined, adult males as well. Definitely not for your average mtb hack, which does explain your disregard.
    Are you trying to say all the Novatec failures are caused by the rider being stupid? I kind of agree, because the riders with Novatec failures were stupid enough to buy novatec hubs.... :-)

    How does the rider's mechanical ability matter for the hub life? My novatec hubs were installed by the factory and the (very common) failure of ratchet mechanical wear isn't really impacted by how you install a hub (it gets laced in, which doesn't impact the ratchet mechanism).

    Mine failed when the original chain still had half of its life left (0.25% elongation). Maybe I was smart enough to use my chain, but just not smart enough to use the hub?
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    Shimano...........
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    Novatec makes a lot of hubs at different price points, may of which are very good. The light, cheap, highish engagement hubs sourced on 2016-2017 Santa Cruz bikes were absolutely terrible. Definitely do some research on bargain hubs before you buy.

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    Novatec=Ppop! Get ya chimano or bisex!

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