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Old 11-12-07, 12:11 PM   #1
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Campy hub questions

Do campy road hubs have loose balls or sealed bearings? If loose, what companies make campy-compatible hubs with sealed bearings?
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Old 11-12-07, 12:16 PM   #2
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... If loose, what companies make campy-compatible hubs with sealed bearings?
SunTour, Phil Wood & Bullseye come to mind. Maybe others as well. Chris King perhaps? Or Industry 9?
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It looks like everything out there is pretty high-end. I want something mid-range and adequate for a commuter bike with sealed bearings. Is there anything like this for campy? If not, can I put a campy freehub body on another hub?

If not that, what is the best bet for the campy "levels?" If I was using shimano, I'd get tiagra. Xenon? Mirage? Veloce? I want something durable, grams don't really matter.
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Do campy road hubs have loose balls or sealed bearings? If loose, what companies make campy-compatible hubs with sealed bearings?
Loose balls...
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If your reason for wanting "sealed" bearings is weather-resistance be advised that sealed bearings are not as sealed as you might hope.

In fact, most "sealed" bearings probably should be called "cartridge" bearings since the seals are really intended to keep grease in, not water out. They definitely are not water-proof.

If you are looking for long hub life you might want to reconsider; loose bearings are much easier to service when they do get wet and the balls are much cheaper to replace when necessary.
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If your reason for wanting "sealed" bearings is weather-resistance be advised that sealed bearings are not as sealed as you might hope.

In fact, most "sealed" bearings probably should be called "cartridge" bearings since the seals are really intended to keep grease in, not water out. They definitely are not water-proof.

If you are looking for long hub life you might want to reconsider; loose bearings are much easier to service when they do get wet and the balls are much cheaper to replace when necessary.
the longevity of the hub is the factor with the cartridges. you cant damage the cups of a cartridge hub the way that you can with a loose-ball hub. I don't want to worry about damaging my wheels after riding them in salt and slush
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Do you have just the freehub body (the part of the rear hub that holds the cogs)? Or do you have a cassette (the cogs themselves)? Or a whole hub?

If you're looking for a durable Campy rear hub, I'd buy the Centaur - first oversize axle... nevermind, they downgraded it for 2007. The Veloce is the same hub as the Centaur now, except for the QR. Sealed bearing hub but steel axle and nuts. Looks like Mirage is very similar. No Xenon hub. So by default, the Mirage.

If you can get a 2006 Centaur rear hub, it has aluminum stuff for spacers, better quality locknuts. Nicer than the 2007 Centaur. It may not matter for commuting but I like it better lol.

I got the '06 Veloce rear hub for a training wheel, was totally disappointed, got the Centaur, much better. Can I tell the difference? I'd like to say yes but no, I don't think so. Therefore the Mirage hub recommendation.

White bike has Veloce, green one has Centaur, same rims, slightly different spokes, same tires.

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Yes, Campagnolo makes cartridge bearing hubs. Look at Mirage in terms of value.
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