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Old 05-07-21, 11:22 AM
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Well, one of the benefits I see of this hub over the XT hubs:

I can convert the new Bitex front and rear hubs from quick release to up to 12x142 thru axle should I decide to get a different bike or frame in the future.

The XT hubs would have been stuck at quick release for me should I have gotten those.
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Agree with the before. I'll also state that being retired does give me more than ample time to keep my bikes maintained. If I were younger and juggling work and family, I'd be jumping on the cartridge side on things; at least for mountain bikes.

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Originally Posted by travbikeman View Post
Well, one of the benefits I see of this hub over the XT hubs:

I can convert the new Bitex front and rear hubs from quick release to up to 12x142 thru axle should I decide to get a different bike or frame in the future.

The XT hubs would have been stuck at quick release for me should I have gotten those.

That is a very solid advantage !

(LOL - Except that most of the current stuff is boost 12x148 spacing --- sheesh it never ends ) - a lot of the gravel bikes are using 12x142 though and 29'er MTB wheels are perfect for those also
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Old 05-07-21, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
That is a very solid advantage !

(LOL - Except that most of the current stuff is boost 12x148 spacing --- sheesh it never ends ) - a lot of the gravel bikes are using 12x142 though and 29'er MTB wheels are perfect for those also
I don't think I'm going to be able to keep up with the new standards that change so often anymore! I'm just going to use what I am getting and have fun!
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Originally Posted by travbikeman View Post
I don't think I'm going to be able to keep up with the new standards that change so often anymore!
Well, 135QR had a good run. About 30 years? But if you look before and around that there are also 130, 126, 124, 120, 110, and 100 going on for various kinds of drivetrains. And that's not counting tandems.

They don't seem to be standards in the same sense as ASME or NAS.

Boost and 1x had a lot of mutual benefits. For one thing they make chain clearance for 3in tires on any kind of bike. Most of the cranks use the same arms with different ring dish so there's no Q factor increase. But they also made suspension a lot more efficient-pedaling because it does not have to tolerate three different chain ring sizes, so the pivot can line up with the chain and kill the anti-squat. Also eliminating the inner ring and putting the middle out made suspension pivots a lot wider.

Super Boost (157TA, borrowed from downhill bikes) is not getting nearly as much adoption.
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Old 05-10-21, 08:51 AM
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Hopefully the axles are set for a while now. I'm seeing 12 x 100 / 12 x 142 being common on road/gravel bikes now and 15 x 110 / 12 x 148 on mountain bikes now. Not sure Superboost will take hold.

Now if only they could standardize the bottom brackets...
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Hopefully the axles are set for a while now. I'm seeing 12 x 100 / 12 x 142 being common on road/gravel bikes now and 15 x 110 / 12 x 148 on mountain bikes now. Not sure Superboost will take hold.

Now if only they could standardize the bottom brackets...
They did, there are just 15+ standards

Also don't forget road boost which is becoming slightly popular.
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Old 05-11-21, 07:03 AM
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Oh goodness. Haven't heard about road boost yet.

One trend I'm starting to see is bike manufacturers go back to threaded bottom bracket after they finally realized just how bad press fit sucks.
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Old 05-11-21, 08:02 AM
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OH, I so agree with that statement on press fit bottom brackets! Why these are in aluminum frames I have no idea. Very soon I will be getting a Wheels Manufacturing bottom bracket to replace my son's Scale press fit. That thing creaks so badly.

In regards to previous topic, I checked the wheels I currently have to all 4 of our bikes.....sheesh, time to repack bearings on all of the Shimano and Formula hubs.

**Actually going to be a good learning experience for my teenage son. I will be showing him how to repack the bearings.

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Old 05-11-21, 05:44 PM
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I have the Bitex rear hub. It's a relatively light, relatively inexpensive, and high engagement hub.

Don't sweat the bearings. They're going to last a long time. The big deal is that they are 3.5 degrees to get to engagement. Compare that to 12-18 for Shimano (if memory serves).

In practical terms, this means that in lower gears, especially coasting or backpedaling, it'll be a lot quicker to get back to power. This is what all the high end hub makers are marketing. The Bitex will get you awfully close at a good price.

Edit to add, check out configuration on the Bikehubstore website. I've got their Bitex hubs and Kinlin 30mm rims and am very happy. I built them myself but they're able to do it and send you a complete wheel.
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Old 05-12-21, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by rosefarts View Post
I have the Bitex rear hub. It's a relatively light, relatively inexpensive, and high engagement hub.

Don't sweat the bearings. They're going to last a long time. The big deal is that they are 3.5 degrees to get to engagement. Compare that to 12-18 for Shimano (if memory serves).

In practical terms, this means that in lower gears, especially coasting or backpedaling, it'll be a lot quicker to get back to power. This is what all the high end hub makers are marketing. The Bitex will get you awfully close at a good price.

Edit to add, check out configuration on the Bikehubstore website. I've got their Bitex hubs and Kinlin 30mm rims and am very happy. I built them myself but they're able to do it and send you a complete wheel.

Thanks! It appears that ProWheelbuilder has already started working on my new wheels. I'm really looking forward to testing the Bitex hubs!
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Old 05-12-21, 08:21 AM
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You won't be disappointed. Light years ahead of the cup and cone system.
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Old 05-12-21, 11:29 AM
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What rims are you getting?
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Old 05-12-21, 12:09 PM
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What rims are you getting?
WTB KOM TOUGH TCS I 30 29IN

Post number 9 above shows what I'm having built for the rear rim. Front is same, just the front Bitex hub of course.
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