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Old 03-08-06, 03:54 AM   #1
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chub hubs

search aint working. anyone ever own a pair? if so did you like them? did the do what they were suppossed to? were you embarrassed about how ugly they were?
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Old 03-08-06, 04:04 AM   #2
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im sorry not a pair. they only made rear i think. it just hit me. anyone ever own ONE.
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Old 03-08-06, 09:40 AM   #3
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arent they expensive and discontinued? they did make fronts apparently: http://www.wheelbuilder.com/closeup....d=133&offset=0
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xcutterx has one on his steamroller. i think they're cool looking myself. he really loves it... a lot of people like to cry about them like they're spilled milk though.
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Old 03-08-06, 10:35 AM   #5
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arent they expensive and discontinued? they did make fronts apparently: http://www.wheelbuilder.com/closeup....d=133&offset=0
Wrong Chub hub. The original Chubs had carbon shells as below (pic stolen from FixedGearGallery)

Now that the original Chub Hub has been discontinued, I guess White Industries have taken up the mantel.
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Old 03-08-06, 10:46 AM   #6
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Holy ****, that hub lives up to its name. Is there a hampster inside there spinning the wheel?
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Old 03-08-06, 11:15 AM   #7
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We have one on Our bike. I've been told that the reason you never see them is because they're all busted. I paid way too much for mine, had it laced to a deep V (really short spokes) and find that it's stiff, but totally rideable (28 3x).
Probably the best part of having it is all the new friends I've made. It sure is funky looking.


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The word on the street was that the hubs blew through bearings like whoa. I think there's a thread about this awhile back, but if the search isn't working...

I 'm almost positive that the white industries version preceeded that fugly bowling ball piece of poo chub hub.
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Not sure, but Phil Bearings=No More Headches?
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Not sure, but Phil Bearings=No More Headches?
I think there was something with the inherent design with the axle that put extra stress on the bearings, and thus caused them to wear out faster.

Are there any benefits to those hubs, other than fuglyness?
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Not that I can figure. Now that I consider it, the reason they aren't around too much is that they didn't sell very many of them. I think they were expensive, and were availiable at a time when the only real market were actual track racers, or messenger types whose livelyhood depends on reliable bits-- especially bulletproof rear hubs.
So no, there really isn't anything super special about it than just having a stiff, weird looking wheel.
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too taut of a chain apperently causes the premature failure of the bearings in these. once you go slack, you never go back. holla!! xcutterx's bearings took a dump but the guy replaced them fo' free. since then, they've been fine. i think he's had this hub on his main commuting bike for like 5 years and it's still going quite strong.

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yeah I noticed if you run the chain to tight it eats the bearings up pretty fast. i put some enduro-max bearings and i now run my chain a little loose and i have been on the same bearings for 4 years and I ride this bike about 10 miles a day. i like this hub for what it is. it looks great on certain bikes.
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That's great. I've been feeling all nervous about the thing just becoming a pile of useless carbon/aluminum, but i typically like a bit of slop in my chain. We'll see how it goes, I reckon.
BTW, anybody know how long they were in production for, and what they cost new?
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Old 03-08-06, 07:48 PM   #15
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less than two years, i think, and somewhere between $250-$300.

(and if anyone has a 28h one with silver flanges they wanna get rid of, hit me up)
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i've got a friend who got one used a little while ago. he said he heard they were a pain to work on, but he likes it so far. i don't really know anything else about them.
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Old 03-08-06, 09:46 PM   #17
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these things were notoriously non-durable. they sure disappeared quickly, but i actually saw one on a total beater conversion locked up in greenpoint last week.
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Old 03-09-06, 01:00 AM   #18
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i was an inch away from buying the one they used to have at cambridge. i knew they had been discontinued and i have never seen one on a bike. im kind of glad i didnt. the first time i saw one i thought it was a three speed hub
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