I'd like to buy a good Shimano rear hub in 126 mm width for a 36 spoke wheel. What should I look for? I got a hold of a cool one once from Harris Cycle that took a cassette but they don't sell them anymore. I'm looking for a freehub, not a freewheel.
Riding: 1960s Falcon commuter; Queued: 1977 Bob Jackson, 1983 Serotta Club Special, 1984 Motobécane Team Champion, 1983 Guerciotti SLX, 1974 Harding (like Holdsworth Pro), 1974 Peugeot PX10LE, 1970s Jeunet Franche-Comté, 1974 Raleigh International
I bought some early Deore XT hubsets, the 730 series, NOS when they were cheap a couple years ago, like $35 for a set; now they're more like $100. They're quite nice, but come with Uniglide freehubs, which is a pain, as I've discovered, unless you have a newer Hyperglide donor hub for the freehub body, right rear cone and seal assembly. The later Deore stuff looks klunky to me. Maybe an Ultegra rear, made for Hyperglide, would be a better bet.