you know, when i built those phil hub wheels this summer, i remember the feeling of riding on them the first time - it took all of 10 feet of riding to know that the surly hubs were sluggish and sticky compared to the smooth rolling phils. it was such a cool, instantaneous thing. i wasn't thinking "i will pay attention to what these hubs feel like." they made me feel it.
well, this morning, i rolled out on my new hubs for the 3rensho. i was replacing no-longer-made Sansin Professional hubs with the Suzue Pro Max. I rolled out, again not even paying attention to what they might feel like, but the new hubs, they did make me know they were there... and they felt worse.
they're just a little stickier, they give me just the slightest bit more resistance, and when you've ridden a long way on your old hubs, you can feel the difference. i mean, i even transferred the cogs, lockrings, and tires from my old wheels, so it wasn't anything different but the hub.
i think i'll repack the hubs to see if they feel better. but i'm very disappointed.
sorry, just musing on the hub thing. it's such a strange feeling. that and had to add my $.02 to the suzue discussion.