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    Looking for the best road hubs

    Hello Everyone

    Im sure this question has been asked many times on this forum, being new to this site , i am going to have a new set of road wheels built.
    Trying to find the best road hubs too buy, ones that are durable and easy too perform routine maintenance service work to.
    Thanks to all those who reply

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    I like Shimano hubs because they're easy to work on and easy to source any necessary parts. The weak link on rear hubs is the freehub body. If you happen to trash out a Shimano freehub body (rare) you can just plug in a new one. For me the Ultegra level is the sweet spot but everybody draws that line differently.

    There are hubs that are lighter in weight and are still durable, but they tend to cost a lot more.

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    Best? ..... No such thing.... sorry.

    Cartridge bearings are a must if you want ease of maintenance.

    Phil Woods are so easy to take apart, a child could do it. They're not for weight wenies though, if that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garthr View Post
    Cartridge bearings are a must if you want ease of maintenance.
    I disagree; a properly set up pair of loose ball hubs virtually never need attention. +1 Shimano.

    Not a lot of point using anything else unless you're getting fancy.

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    Put the following in order of priority and then we can help narrow down your choices:

    lightweight, durability, cost

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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
    Put the following in order of priority and then we can help narrow down your choices:

    lightweight, durability, cost
    Wasn't it Gary Bontrager who said: "Strong, light, cheap. Pick any two."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
    Put the following in order of priority and then we can help narrow down your choices:

    lightweight, durability, cost
    Thanks ,the order would be;lightweight , durability, cost

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    DT swiss hubs should fit the bill if that's the order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Wasn't it Gary Bontrager who said: "Strong, light, cheap. Pick any two."?
    I heard it first in the automotive world but it holds just as true, if not more so, for cycling components.

    padsworks, if lightweight really is #1, go nuts here: http://www.cyclingtechnology.com/hubs.html

    If durability starts to creep up on your weight weenie ways, DT Swiss and Chris King would probably be good choices. If cost became a factor after the sticker shock wore off from the website I posted, American Classic hubs have served me well and are very lightweight to boot (note that opinions will vary widely on these hubs).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Wasn't it Gary Bontrager who said: "Strong, light, cheap. Pick any two."?
    That's a universal engineering axiom. In the software world, it's "Cheap, fast, right. Pick two."

    IMO, hubs is hubs. I'd stick with Ultegra unless there were some really compelling reason to switch. I'd love a set of Chris King hubs, though, and they're only couple miles from my workplace. Real bling.
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    You can spend a lot of money on hubs. Here's a detailed hub review of lightweight hubs from fairwheelbikes forum. The DT, Chris King, and White Industries hubs are in the review, along with some amazingly expensive and featherweight hubs.

    The White Industries hubs are strong and serviceable. Here's the rear hub service pdf; no special tools are needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    DT swiss hubs should fit the bill if that's the order.
    Agreed, with White Industries as a close second.
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    Shimano hubs ted to deliver some really good value at all levels and as they up the scale the weight drops and the price goes up... 105 or Ultegra level hubs are where I'd be looking for a nice balance of cost, weight, and performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by padsworks View Post
    Thanks ,the order would be;lightweight , durability, cost
    If you're looking for the lightest, the Weight Weenies site is pretty good at listing of products not commonly seen: http://weightweenies.starbike.com/li....php?type=hubs . In my opinion, though, the intersection of those 3 requirements is still "Ultegra".
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    Shimano 105 or Ultegra for the road, and 530's for a tourer or mountain bike.
    Reliable and easy to service and parts will almost always be available. Shimano is the 800lb. gorilla of bike components.

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    I would go with Shimano Dura Ace if you want the best.

    Chris King if want something fancy that is not necessarily any better.

    I am personally buying a set of Ultegra wheels in the next few days, but cost is more of a concern for me.

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    +1 for White Industries...

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    I will also say Shimano... 105 or Ultegra in your case. Loose ball hubs are really easy to maintain, just gotta learn how to adjust cones properly. I only ever take off ONE cone, and it makes adjusting them much easier. Re-Pack them every so often and you will likely not wear them out anytime soon. At the RPM that bike wheels hit, ball bearings are almost overkill, keep them packed with fresh grease and properly adjusted and they SHOULD last a very long time.

    No need to spend a fortune on boutique hubs. 105 is probably good enough for most of us non-racers.

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    I was looking at White Industries myself for a front hub, for no reason other than I like the look and it matched my rear. They are reasonably light and the review I just read on fairwheelbikes (link above) convinced me that they are a good choice. I'm thinking 24 spoke radial with an Aerohead rim to match my rear of Velomax R3/Aerohead OC 24 2x drive, radial non-drive.

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    from my experience campagnolo makes some of the best hubs ever. i am quite happy with my newish White Industries hub as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
    I heard it first in the automotive world but it holds just as true, if not more so, for cycling components.
    i'm not sure that statement can get any more true than when you are talking about under the hood of a 951...
    Last edited by thirdgenbird; 03-28-10 at 06:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
    i'm not sure that statement can get any more true than when you are talking about under the hood of a 951...
    Two things I should never do: Total up how much I've spent on my 951 or total up how much I've spent on cycling gear. At least I still get good use out of the cycling gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
    Two things I should never do: Total up how much I've spent on my 951 or total up how much I've spent on cycling gear. At least I still get good use out of the cycling gear.
    You totaled your 951? Awww, gee...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    You totaled your 951? Awww, gee...
    No, I just don't drive it any more. Haven't been able to bring myself to sell it either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
    No, I just don't drive it any more. Haven't been able to bring myself to sell it either.
    Sounds like me and my collection. (Don't tell my wife.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
    No, I just don't drive it any more. Haven't been able to bring myself to sell it either.
    i cant wait to get my 924s (944) out this spring (provided i sort out the oil leak)

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