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Old 01-09-18, 10:31 AM
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Rear Road Hub for All Weather

I'm taking a wheel building class and am looking for a 36H rear (non-disc) hub that has great weather protection.

I'm considering just going cheap with a Shimano 105 - or a little upgrade to the Hope RS4. Thanks!
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Depending on where you ride, the 105 might work well for you. I've got one on my rain bike; the other bike, which sees almost as much rain (surprise!) has XT hubs. Since it's winter I'll need to take a cold, rainy weekend to repack the bearings, which is all the maintenance either of them has had for 9-14 years.
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I wouldn't call 105 cheap. 105 stuff is good and made to last.

Whatever you ride, if you ride in lots of weather, you should overhaul your hub once a year.
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Bike hubs in general are a very mature technology. If you go with a loose-ball hub, just plan on repacking it as needed, and consider stocking up on a few replacement cones just in case they get discontinued.

BTW, @noglider , I've been listening to Wagner's Ring Cycle on Spotify the last few days, and the first section (Das Rheingold) made me think of you.
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BTW, @noglider , I've been listening to Wagner's Ring Cycle on Spotify the last few days, and the first section (Das Rheingold) made me think of you.


Too bad Rheingold beer is no longer in production. Even though the spelling is different, people recognized and remembered my name back in those days. And for what it's worth, Rheingold means gold of the Rhine (River), and Reingold means pure gold. Rheingold is a gentile name, whereas Reingold is a Jewish name.
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Too bad Rheingold beer is no longer in production. Even though the spelling is different, people recognized and remembered my name back in those days. And for what it's worth, Rheingold means gold of the Rhine (River), and Reingold means pure gold. Rheingold is a gentile name, whereas Reingold is a Jewish name.
That's interesting! I had figured they were variations of the same word/name until now.
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found some rubber boot protected hubs at a very low cost, as part of wheels on new bikes with modest selling prices


I have been using a Drum Brake Freewheel hub as my all weather bike for 25+ years.. not QR, but, all weather stopping..


105 freehubs are OK, loose ball .., easy to service, though not (dont own any) made with bearing seals..

repack them with clean grease, & new balls occasionally..





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Best wet-weather hubs? Mid-range Shimano like 105 and LX. As good as anyone needs for any application. These hubs have double seals on the non-drive side and the best freehub design of any hub on the market.

Replacement parts are plentiful and cheap, mostly for free from wrecked wheels scrounged from the back of your local shop. I've been wheel building for 15 years, and I cannot remember once paying for a (plentiful) supply of replacement cones, freehubs, bearings and axles. Not that I need them very often; these hubs take a lot of abuse.

I have dozens of new hubs in boxes in my stash, including Hope. If I'm building wheels for myself, my first choice is Shimano.
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