Thread: Choosing a Hub
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Old 03-24-21, 05:08 AM
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For a rear wheel on a touring bike, I like the steel axle and quarter inch ball bearings on the older style XT hubs. Deore level hubs still built that way, and you can still buy new M756A XT hubs built that way. But now I do not think you can find any new ones that are rim brake version and silver.

I have a older M760 XT hub on a touring bike I built up 11 years ago, silver (matte finish, not shiny) and rim brake, but I am not willing to part with it. I only mention it because I know they used to make them. I think that was one of the last ones before they went to aluminum axles.

If your criteria for silver and rim brake is that important, you might need to look at some of the cartridge bearing hubs out there. For example:

I am not familiar with that hub, but it sure looks nice. Looks like they are out of stock at the moment.
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