Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Vancouver suburbs
Bikes: 2011, Wilier Gran Turismo Ultegra/DA (Parts from 2010 Izoard that had a frame warrantied), Winter bike is a 2010 Nashbar Aluminum Cross Frame / Carbon Fork built up with Ultegra and whatever else I had laying around...
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Originally Posted by Monster Pete
Why would anyone want one? I don't see a reason for 10-speed anyway, but that's another matter. Assuming you want 10-speed, why risk a bent axle when cassettes are more readily available and superior. You'd have to redish an existing freewheel hub anyway, so it's not much more work to relace the wheel with a different hub.
Reason(s) for wanting one…
Why would I want 10 speeds? how 'bout because thats what both my bikes run?
Biggest reason is I have my old Phil wood freewheel hub that I have on hand and is still as smooth running as the day I bought it. and it has an oversized axle. That combined with my sub 150lb weight means and that I'm probably safe from bending it.
Yes Cassettes are superior in pretty much every way, but if I don't have to pay $400 for a new phil wood rear cassette hub to match my front wheel I'd be happy. This will make a decent winter wheelset for me for a very small investment. -Yes the wheel would need to be rebuilt, but I like to tinker.
I would expect the hub to outlast the hubs on My Fulcrum 5's and the Ksyrium equipes that I already use to swap between road and cross on my winter bike. Will probably use Phil Wood Set as a home for my studded snow tires.
For my purposes I think its an okay investment. If I weighed 50lb's+ more and or and was trying to resurrect an old 600 or dura ace hub I'd hope someone would slap some sense into me. Also will have to send the hub back to phil wood first for them to swap out the axle for a 130mm. -Waiting to hear what that will cost (they do advertise the service). Still It should be a lot cheaper than the $400 alternative.
and as for Fietsbob's point of wobble thats a good one. Will have to wait and see if its enough to make it hop gears.
Last edited by tkr; 01-23-12 at 12:55 AM.