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Old 09-08-07, 08:52 PM   #1
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xt vs lx hubs for touring?

first off, i dont care about any difference in weight, i want a beefy wheelset for touring. are the xt hubs any smoother or stronger than lx hubs in any way? i definitely care about smoothness a lot......thanks!


and sorry if this has been covered. i cant search for "xt" or "lx" because the words are too short for the search engine....

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Old 09-08-07, 10:37 PM   #2
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I'm not sure whether there is a weight difference. Maybe the Shimano website would give you that spec. As far as I know, the XT hub has slightly better seals than the LX hub, but I have both and both looked clean after two or three years of all-weather cycling.

Another difference : the XT is supposed to have harder bearings, which means that it should run smooth longer. If you're doing lots of mileage, it would make a difference a few years down the road.

As for wheelset strength, both hubs have very similar (maybe identical) specs, so a wheel you build with similar components would be equally strong whether you use LX or XT.

One last point to check: colour. Many years ago, the LX hubs were dark grey while the XT were available in dark grey and silver. No idea if this still is the case.
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Old 09-08-07, 11:31 PM   #3
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google it: xt lx hub site:bikeforums.net

http://www.google.com/search?q=xt+lx+hub+site%3Abikeforums.net&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-USfficial&client=firefox-a

i agree with michel, they are basically the same
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Old 09-08-07, 11:34 PM   #4
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One thing I've seen in the whole Shimano hub lines is that the lower level hubs (LX, 105, Tiagra) have gotten better in the last few years. The contact seals and boron hardened cones are standard on a lot of hubs now, so using midlevel hubs is a good option now.
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Old 09-09-07, 12:19 AM   #5
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FWIW, with a little searching you can find XT hubs for very cheap. Why not go with them for the extra $10 over LX?
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FWIW, with a little searching you can find XT hubs for very cheap. Why not go with them for the extra $10 over LX?

i guess the only reason im thinking of is that i found a 650b wheelset thats pre built with lx hubs. cant find any built with xt. and custom, im pretty sure will cost a lot more than 10 bucks more...
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Ahh,
in that case get the wheels. I had some wheels built for my wife's 650b last winter. But it cost an arm and a leg. It was about $140 for the hubs (NOS XTR),
then around $80 for the rims (going from memory here). About 50 to build them and maybe 20 for spokes and such. Anyway, it was a lot, prob 300.

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I run LX hubs happily on my LHT. I doubt there is much practical difference between LX & XT. If I found XT hubs for $10 more I'd probably grab 'em, but I wouldn't spend a whole lot of time doing research.

I've got an inexpensive MTB running on entry level WTB hubs that is going strong after more than 6 years of errand running and winter biking.

Just service your hubs occasionally and all will be well.
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It will make hardly any difference at all...even in terms of weight. If you find a deal on the LX wheels, go for it and use them in good confidence.
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LX hubs carried my fat arse and luggage over some horrible roads this summer, no issues yet. I think I read somewhere that LX is the "bang-for-buck" sweetspot in shimanos mtb component range.
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