I'm putting together a wheelset that may someday see a very very long tour, most of it in other countries, and not always in developed countries. I'm considering a few different hubs, among them the Chris Kings.
At first I was thinking Shimano XTs because they're cheap, I've already got a set I love, and they're serviceable. If I'm stuck in the middle of nowhere needing to service them, all I need is new bearings which should be widely available. I could just repack them every couple months and they should last forever. Then I got to thinking, who cares about the reason, but what if the cup races wear out? I don't want to have to stop an build a new damn wheel.
So I got to thinking about Phils and Chris Kings. The shop I work in is a big fan of the Chris Kings, due to their overall high quality and serviceability. You can repack the cartridge bearings without any specialized tools, and worst comes to worst replace the cartridge. Maybe carry just one cartridge so you're set in case one fails. They're light and come in pretty colors too.
I've heard a lot about Phils on this forum, but never anything about their serviceability. Yes, people say they last forever, but you have to work on everything at some point. Besides, being a mechanically inclined guy, knowing I can work on them is probably more important than actually doing so.
So my questions are:
Is anyone out there touring on Chris Kings? Do you like them?
Have you ever done a serious repair on them yourself, and do you think there's anything about them that's not suited to touring?
Or for you out there on Phils:
Have you ever done a serious repair/overhaul without specialized tools? Was it easy?
Sorry for such specific questions. But I figure if anyone can answer them, they're on this forum!