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    Inexpensive but quality freehub

    I've finally decided to move from the golden age of freewheels to the brave new world of cassettes, or depending on your point of view, from the dark ages to the age of enlightenment.

    I'm looking for a system that I can mix and match cogs in a 32 or 36 hole hub that will be around for a while, and I don't need the most expensive bling. I've been looking at Shimano. Am I correct that the current standard is the hyperglide? If so, how can I tell from the model name whether it is hyperglide? Most ads on the net just state the model name, not the system.

    I'm also open to other suggestions of free hubs.

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    "Hyperglide" is Shimano's name for the shaped and ramped tooth profile on their cassette cogs that make shifting faster and more accurate. Hyperglide cassettes and compatible hubs have one "keyed" spline so that the cogs can only go on in one orientation. This keeps the ramps and teeth in the proper orientation across the entire set.

    All Shimano's current hubs, both road and MTB, are "Hypeglide compatible" and, except for Dura Ace 10-speed, are all 8,9 and 10-speed compatible. If you want a good quality hub for an attractive price consider 105 in a road hub or Deore LX in a MTB hub.

    I'm also open to other suggestions of free hubs.
    Did you mean "freehubs" or free ( as in no cost) hubs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider
    "Hyperglide" is Shimano's name for the shaped and ramped tooth profile on their cassette cogs that make shifting faster and more accurate. Hyperglide cassettes and compatible hubs have one "keyed" spline so that the cogs can only go on in one orientation. This keeps the ramps and teeth in the proper orientation across the entire set.

    All Shimano's current hubs, both road and MTB, are "Hypeglide compatible" and, except for Dura Ace 10-speed, are all 8,9 and 10-speed compatible. If you want a good quality hub for an attractive price consider 105 in a road hub or Deore LX in a MTB hub.


    Did you mean "freehubs" or free ( as in no cost) hubs?
    Oops! Fruedian slip, my cheapness rears it ugly head!

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    Unless you're looking at NOS parts on ebay or something, don't be too concerned about uniglide vs. hyperglide. HG is the current standard and the older stuff is difficult to find.

    You aren't limited only to Shimano as SRAM components are interchangeable. Also, "road" and "mountain" cassettes, hubs, rear derailleurs and rear shifters are, for the most part, compatible. Campy, however, is not interchangeable with anything else.

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    Hmm. I should have said SRAM =cassettes= are interchangeable with Shimano. Shifters and derailleurs may pose problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfspeed
    Hmm. I should have said SRAM =cassettes= are interchangeable with Shimano. Shifters and derailleurs may pose problems.
    SRAM makes two different designs of shifters and derailleurs. One design is completely Shimano-compatible. Their "1to1 pull ratio" components are not.

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    regarding compatibility - since I do all my shifting in what all the young punks call "friction mode" anyway, all my stuff seems to be interchangeable!!! Back in my day friction mode didn't have a name - it was just shifting!!!

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