Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Advantades/disadvantages...White Bros Eno hub
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I have a cool road bike frame that I want to convert to fixed gear. Its a modern frame with vertical dropouts. The ENO hub looks like it might be a good solution. It is a bit expensive but does it perform well? Whats your take?
If you own or have actually used a an ENO hub I`d like to hear your take.
05-16-07, 01:05 AM
Great hubs, used one on a MTB and one on a road bike, as a sinlge speed and fixed. As a SS they peformed great, no slipping. You might want to get a mechanic to dial your chainline though (suggestion). Even if you end up going to specific fixed gear frame you can get an axle assembly from white industries that turn the hub into a normal flip/flop hub.
05-17-07, 12:02 PM
and they are a lot quicker to and easier to set the tension than track ends
I like the look of modern eno based fixed conversions! You see so many older conversions because of the horizontal drop issue that a modern eno based conversion is automatically sort of cool. A girl at the velodrome out here rides a super sweet converted cyclocross frame.
05-17-07, 12:15 PM
Several people have reported that they strip rather easily.
05-17-07, 12:46 PM
never stripped been riding fixed on it for over 2 years now
05-17-07, 06:05 PM
I'd like to hear more about the stripping thing. I've got one on order now. They have a great reputation over at the MTBR SS forum. No stories of stripping there, that I remember.
Maybe it was just a bad batch re: quality control. If that was the case, it seems as though White Industries is pretty good about warrantying that sort of thing.
05-17-07, 07:16 PM
I have an ENO hub shell converted to a non elliptical axle (straight axle assembly from white), that has done 4 years of commuter/alleycat duty, multiple fixed cog changes (PW, Miche, dura-ace) and never had any problems with stripping. The only thing you should be aware of is that the hub shells are narrower than other brands, the cogs seem to sit closer to the spokes, affecting chainline.
Great design, great hub for the money, a quality part all around. Just make sure your dropouts have enough purchase. I had a bit of slipping on an MTB that had Breezer dropouts (see example (http://www.adbikes.us/images/s3c_dropout.jpg) that are sculpted so there is very little material for the ENO to grip to. Not a real common problem, but something to be aware of. The slipping was slow and subtle, just requiring me to tighten it once in a while (every few rides). I'm a masher though and the guy that now owns my wheel has had zero issues in the 2+ years he has had it.
As far as stripping, I haven't seen or heard any of that unless it's the axle bolts. I stripped a couple cranking those suckers down hard because of the above issues, but I resolved that by installing longer bolts.
Overall a really good product and a cool idea.
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