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Old 01-07-14, 12:09 AM   #26
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the hubs on my Alex wheels are loud. When in a group most people comment I sound like a chainsaw when I stop pedaling. You could also look into a playing card mounted to your seatstay.
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Old 01-07-14, 06:25 AM   #27
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Last year I road a Set of fulcrum racing T wheelset and I think you'd be happy with the noise they make.
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Yes, there are differences in the noise made by hubs, but my observation is that most of the difference is in the rims. Certain deep, CF rims vastly amplify the noise made by even quiet hubs. As I have posted before, a friend and I have ridden the exact same wheels side-by-side as far as hubs, spokes, spoke count, etc. were concerned, the only exception being he was on shallow aluminum rims and I was on 50 mm CF rims. Like night and day. Hubs that we could almost not hear at all on his wheels sounded on mine like playing cards were in my spokes. This is not the only factor, but I believe it is the biggest factor in noisy wheels.
Robert, were both freehubs identically lubricated? My hubs (mostly PowerTaps) are nearly silent regardless of wheel when the pawls are freshly greased.
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Robert, were both freehubs identically lubricated? My hubs (mostly PowerTaps) are nearly silent regardless of wheel when the pawls are freshly greased.
Good question. More or less the same. Nearly new hubs in both cases with no special greasing treatment. I have other experience that points the same direction. Hubs will be very quiet before assembling the wheel and noisier after esp. when the rim is deep carbon. This is not to dicount that there are differences between hub designs and amount and type of grease. Definitely so. It's just that other things being equal the impression of noise is increased on a deep carbon rim wheel.

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Vuelta are very affordable and have a very loud clicking freehub.
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Ugh. I hate loud hubs. I don't understand the appeal, is it for intimidation? I vastly prefer a silent bike. But I've noticed that the loud hubs are usually the flashy new carbon/low blade count/aero spoke type, which I will never buy.

I also motorcycle, and hate loud moto exhaust as well. I don't mind hearing the engine if it's got a good exhaust note, but it shouldn't bellow at high decibels.

On most things I'd say "to each his own", but like loud motorcycle exhausts or second-hand smoke, the loud hubs affect my enjoyment of the sport.

Can anyone explain to me a practical reason for loud rear hubs?
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Ugh. I hate loud hubs. I don't understand the appeal, is it for intimidation? I vastly prefer a silent bike. But I've noticed that the loud hubs are usually the flashy new carbon/low blade count/aero spoke type, which I will never buy.

I also motorcycle, and hate loud moto exhaust as well. I don't mind hearing the engine if it's got a good exhaust note, but it shouldn't bellow at high decibels.

On most things I'd say "to each his own", but like loud motorcycle exhausts or second-hand smoke, the loud hubs affect my enjoyment of the sport.

Can anyone explain to me a practical reason for loud rear hubs?
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Loud hubs save lives!
More seriously, it was mentioned earlier and you point out that carbon rims seem to amplify hub noise. As do some other lighter weight and high end components like Sram Powerdome cassettes. And the loudest and most distinctive freehub out there is the Chris King which sounds as it does do to an actual ratchet design uniqueness. King has obviously adopted a "can't fix it-feature it approach" with their angry bee marketing. Taken together this seems to give the impression that loud=cool.

Although like others I have on occasion used hub noise to alert other riders to my location. Sometimes you just get tired of saying 'on your left' or 'passing'.
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Neuvations wheels tend to be nice and loud. Should be getting cheaper now that the company has gone under.

Bontragers with the DT hubs are loud too- even more so for the paired spoke kind because the spoke tensions need to be high.
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