What are your opinions of the surly hubs
Im getting a bike next week with them and curious as to how they perform
I think the general consensus is that they will perform pretty well, but that they are overpriced for what they are. You could probably get the same level of performance from a formula or miche hub.
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I had a set and I thought they were fine, But I couldn't ever feel a difference over formulas and they wore out faster than my set of formulas. Plus the bearing size is not as easy to find nor can you replace the bearings with Phil spec so I would not ever get them again over formula's but not a bad hub at all, Held up well. What bike are you getting?
I was told they are over priced.
Another thing to keep in mind about the Surly hub is that they use an adjustable bearing, which if not adjusted properly will lead to premature bearing failure. Many folks seem to have a problem with this.
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I have three sets of Surly hubs. The are decent hubs, but all of the above is true. Get formulas.
Adjustable cartridge bearings? Doesn't that defeat some of the arguments around in favor of cartridge bearings? I never knew there was such a thing...although I'm rolling on normal bearings and cones and don't mind adjusting and overhauling when necessary.
yeah i've used surly hubs and they are fine... and the bearings are totally (or at least were?) replaceable with phil, i don't think they've changed their hubs at all in the past few years.
I recently built up some Surly hubs for my beater bike. I got them so I could get a double fixed rear. I like them so far. No noticeable difference from my Formulas but not nearly as nice as my Phils. At first I kicked myself for buying them (re: they are overpriced) but after getting them laced up I feel as if they were a decent purchase.
I have some, they work fine.
Not too much to say here
Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
Commuted on some of the worst streets (potholes, sand, and tons of salt) in rain/snow/or shine for 2 years on mine. Even with the occasional offroading adventure, I have yet to touch the bearings, no play, spin fine. I give them the thumbs up.
I've been commuting on mine for nearly two years. No problems.
they work fine, a little over priced.
I love mine. 135mm of sexiness. I can't comment on it being overpriced as there isn't much option besides surly for a 135mm hub that isn't named Paul or Phil. I did have to replace the bearings after 9 month of riding, but most likely due to me overtightening the tracknuts.
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I've been riding on a surly rear hub for 2+ years. It's pretty decent and durable, although one of the sealed bearings that came with the hub was missing a ball and made an awful racket.
However, if I were to buy a new rear hub right now I'd get the cheapest formula/nashbar/whatever hub around and just replace the bearings with Phil Wood (for only $10 or $20 bucks).
And if I were to buy a front hub right now it'd be another ultegra road hub - cup-and-cone bearings are still faster, cheaper, and really don't require all that much maintenance. It seems like most people would rather have barely noticeable bling and matching hubs than go really fast, though.