Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Kansas City, MO
Bikes: 29"ers, fixies, and 29"er fixies
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My suggestion would be the 240s all the way.
Hope might be another brand to consider. Relatively easy to get in parts of Europe, not quite as easy in the US.
The 240s simply looks to be a great hub, and I believe the maintenance is fairly easy. I don't have any actual experience with it, but I know several who have, and they seem to love them.
The Shimano/SRAM stuff is good (especially for the price), but it is simply not as good as the DT hubs, IMHO. The DT's will build a stiffer wheel, and will likely last longer, and are quite a bit lighter.
Strong, Light, Cheap. Pick two, as the saying goes.