Join Date: Sep 2004
Bikes: christini awd, caondale bad boy ultra, 26" hardtail touring bike, KHS track
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the front hub on my christini awd is a silent type. i have seen this mechanism used in industrial applications as well. the zero-backlash design is strong, has a very positive feel, and the reduction in friction as well as energy saved from pawl action makes it more efficient. it is, however, a higher maintenance system, to function properly it must be disassembled, cleaned, and greased regularly. convenient replacement parts as mentioned before are an issue. these considerations should be taken when choosing such a hub for a touring bike.