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Old 11-26-08, 01:37 PM   #1
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Hub brake dilemma.

I am thinking about building my front wheel with a hub brake. I have looked around a little bit for different brakes and am not sure which one I should purchase. The Sturmey Archer XFD looks really good for the price,....the sealed bearings are a huge draw. I'm not actually sure what Shimano has to offer. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-26-08, 03:20 PM   #2
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I am thinking about building my front wheel with a hub brake. I have looked around a little bit for different brakes and am not sure which one I should purchase. The Sturmey Archer XFD looks really good for the price,....the sealed bearings are a huge draw. I'm not actually sure what Shimano has to offer. Any suggestions?
If you are in the US Shimano doesn't want to admit they make a closed hub brake, they only list a couple on the North America website and they are very difficult to source. I would go with the SA with the dyno if it were me, even if you don't plan on the generator right away. The new SA stuff has been getting some pretty good reviews from the people that have used it. I have a bike that I am planning a build up on after the first of the year and plan to use the SA XRD5 and the X-FDD. I much prefer the hub brakes for the type of riding I do. Also FWIW the SA are drum brakes and the Shimano are roller. Roller brakes are less prone to fade than the drum, but in my experience it has to be under some pretty heavy prolonged braking before it becomes and issue, and if you are going to be doing that on a regular basis, you need to be looking at discs.

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thanks for the info! I think i'm leaning toward the SA one, not sure if i'm willing to spend the extra cash for the dyno though

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