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Old 12-13-06, 06:22 AM
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Shimano hub quality

I'm putting together budget bike for my son. I found these on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/Mavic-CXP22-700c...QQcmdZViewItem

How is the quality on the 2200 series hubs? Obviously, they are below Tiagra.

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Old 12-13-06, 06:44 AM
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They look ok, but if they're like any other lower end shimano hub, they'll need fresh grease added and proper adjustment... especially if they're 'brand new'.
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My experience only: I have that wheelset (Nashbar bought), running the rear as a single-speed setup (cog and spacers). They served me quite well for some 4000 miles running in all kinds of weather, the bike in question being my go-to bike for rain, much, slush and generally ****ty days. I serviced the hubs every 6 months. They've been relegated to the workbench for now, simply because I didn't have the time for a rebuild and I swapped in another wheelset.

The rims held up well under my 200+ lbs and country road commuting.
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I've got 2200 hubs on a wheelset I bought from Nashbar (2200 hubs, Sun M13II 36h rims) for an old road bike, they've been great, close to 4000 miles so far.......
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For the price, they seem OK. I'm a Campy fan but I'm not building a bike for a 14 year old with Chorus. All I'm looking for is a durable set of wheels, nothing fancy.

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I have that hub in the front - bought the wheel for $35 from rei. I repacked and adjusted, which helped, but it wasn't the smoothest thing in my hands. On the bike, though, it's just fine for my commuting needs. About 1000 miles so far, I haven't checked it, but no obvious problems with the wheel.
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I'll second the recommendation of servicing the hubs right out of the box. Look back in my logbook, I see that the hubs bound up a bit within the first couple hundred miles.
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Originally Posted by dobber
I'll second the recommendation of servicing the hubs right out of the box. Look back in my logbook, I see that the hubs bound up a bit within the first couple hundred miles.
Obviously, Shimano doesn't put good grease in it's low level hubs. What kind of grease did you use?

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You might also want to check the tension on the wheels. I bought a "brand-new hand-built" set on eBay and was quite surprised to find the tension to be about a half of what I would have expected. They ran beautifully true, and I'm sure they would have worked perfectly for about a hundred miles or so, and would then have started breaking spokes like there was no tomorrow.

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From what I'm hearing, you get what you pay for. If you need to repack the bearings and retension the spokes, isn't it cheaper to just go with a known set of quality wheels?

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^dunno, but it's not like the kid will outgrow the wheels, right? Maybe a nicer set would be worth it. Don't you have a spare set?
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^dunno, but it's not like the kid will outgrow the wheels, right? Maybe a nicer set would be worth it. Don't you have a spare set?
I have a spare set of Chorus and Daytona wheels. Somehow, I don't see me giving them to him. I was thinking a nice set of lower level Shimano wheels might be more appropriate.

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I haven't used the 2200 hubs myself but my current wheels use Sora hubs (3300 model), plain 15 gauge spokes and Mavic CXP 21 rims and there fine wheels. There 32 spoke 3 cross front and rear and I haven't had one iota of trouble with them. The bearings aren't super smooth but I couldn't claim that they are slowing me down at all. For the record I did repack the grease in them from new.

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I haven't used the 2200 hubs myself but my current wheels use Sora hubs (3300 model), plain 15 gauge spokes and Mavic CXP 21 rims and there fine wheels. There 32 spoke 3 cross front and rear and I haven't had one iota of trouble with them. The bearings aren't super smooth but I couldn't claim that they are slowing me down at all. For the record I did repack the grease in them from new.

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A while back Sheldon Brown posted that Sora hubs were a Shimano "Best Buy." Said they were direct descendants of Deore or something similar. That’s kind of like MTB durability in a road hub. That was a pretty serious recommendation as far as I'm concerned.

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