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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-26-08, 10:42 AM   #1
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Any thoughts on the surly double fixed rear hub?

I'm looking to buy a new rear hub, surly is the easiest one for me to get, would you recommend I try find an other manufacturer for a hub, or just get the surly?
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surly makes good stuff, and i've only heard good stuff about their hubs.

go for it.
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love my Surly fixed/fixed rear hub sofar. Actually I have a track front too. both have been nothing but great.
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I've got two wheelsets with surly fixed/fixed hubs...both have more than 5000 miles....the bearings certainly aren't as smooth as they were when new but otherwise they are holding up great. Its a very dependable hub but a little overpriced in comparison to formulas.
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I have one. I love it.

It has been a workhorse and has served me well for a nearly 3 years of daily city riding. It has made it through 2 Minnesota winters with tons of salt, sand and ***** thrown at it. I think that the bearings are getting a bit less smooth, but considering how much it has been through, I am not surprised.
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I might consider just getting formulas. You save quite a bit and AFAIK they're just about as nice. That said, my surly is definitely a good solid hub and if it's the easiest for you to get right now you probably won't regret it.
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Old 03-26-08, 12:31 PM   #7
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I had both...visually the Surly hubs are NOT as high quality as the Formulas...the flanges are thinner. Surly and Dimensions are the same but Surly doesn't have the tear drop cut-outs. The same as the Nashbar and Ben's Cycle hubs. Formulas are a bit thicker and seem beefier but they lack the hollwed axles that many Dimension rebadges have. Light or sturdy is the question. ALl roll real smooth on cartridge bearings. For my dollar though I'd go Formula. In fact...I have them right now.
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I was offered the dimensions too but I might have to wait a long time for them.

Also for a few more eu I could get Miche hubs but I don't think they are fixed fixed.
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I've read that Miche hubs have some inherent problem with bearing seizure...don't quote me though. I think they look nice...wouldn't mind using them...I think the lockrings are Ital. threaded tho.
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Your previous post really made me shy away from the surly hub, now I am looking for alternative hubs.
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My surly free/free mtb hub is a goddamn tank, if that data's of any use to you. I can't kill it!
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I was offered the dimensions too but I might have to wait a long time for them.

Also for a few more eu I could get Miche hubs but I don't think they are fixed fixed.
they finally make them.

too bad it's too late for me.
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Not a fan. I need to replace the axles in mine with a slotted one to see if that keeps them from loosening up constantly, but I'm kind of sick of adjusting them all the time. As with all Surly products, I don't understand why they cost 1/3 more than any other comparable product.
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Those new Premium IRO hubs look good. I'd get them but I need a 135mm rear for my premium frame. Or maybe I can give the new wheel build to my hunny and... nahh.
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I also have a Surly hub. The hub cones have a tendency to loosen on their own, creating lateral play/movement in my rear wheel. Very annoying. But it may merely be isolated to MY hub, and not Surly hubs in general.
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just get formulas. they are the best until you are willing to drop boku.
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I've got two wheelsets with surly fixed/fixed hubs...both have more than 5000 miles....the bearings certainly aren't as smooth as they were when new but otherwise they are holding up great. Its a very dependable hub but a little overpriced in comparison to formulas.
Tid-bit about Surly hubs. I just overhauled both of mine with Phil bearings. The PW901(?)... Maybe it's the PW905, I'm not sure. They're only 10 bucks each. Email them and ask. Now my hubs are soooo buttery smooth.
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