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Old 09-27-03, 07:27 AM
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Who makes the loudest freehub?

I am in the early stages of assembling a new wheelset, and I
really prefer a loud freehub.

I have a Ringle SuperDuperEight right now, and it's pretty loud, but I seem to recall Hugi's and or Sachs' to be rather distinctive as well. Anybody heard one of these and care to comment?

Thanks.
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Old 09-27-03, 10:46 AM
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Thats an odd request. Usually people want their bike to be quiet. I haven't heard a ringle to compare but the Hugi's are very loud. Does sach even make a hub anymore?
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Old 09-27-03, 12:12 PM
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this way people know he is coming so he doesn't have to ride over them. i guess he doesn't want to but baseball cards in his spokes for the same effect.
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I meant an odd request on here. I should say a lot of people I know want the loudest highest end sounding hub. Mine will be loud but still not the loudest
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i should have used sarcasm brackets. gar! i hate not being able to talk sarcastically online.
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Old 09-27-03, 01:48 PM
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Probably the loudest hubs are ChrisKing they are best described as sounding like a small motor
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Old 09-27-03, 03:10 PM
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Originally posted by stinkyonions
this way people know he is coming so he doesn't have to ride over them.
stinkyonions is right...when I get up behind some unsuspecting slower rider, I just backpedal for maximum effect.

Oddly enough, I don't think I've ever noticed the Kings being loud. I have to check that out.
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Old 09-27-03, 03:20 PM
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I use a King hubset - all of my buddies say that's what makes me fast - the sound of 10,000 angry bees is so annoying that I never stop pedaling.
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I too have a King set.It is loud,engagement is awesome.Everyone knows what you have by the noise!
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Yea, great components - I've used that hub for 3 years, without a hitch - I did buy the rebuild tool, and serviced it once. I think I went through 3 hubs proior to King - good, solid, (exspensive), loud product.
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Old 09-27-03, 08:18 PM
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Huffy, but that loud sound is generally the hub beginning to seize up.
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I've ridden with people who have Chris King hubs and they make a sound ike a cross between a buzzsaw and a fishing reel. My next hubs will be Chris King hubs. My Mavics on my roadbike are fairly loud too.
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Originally posted by WorldIRC
Huffy, but that loud sound is generally the hub beginning to seize up.
Yes, but the hubs found on Huffy bikes generally make that noise regardless of whether it's freewheeling.
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I had Hugis on my tandem. It had a rather loud, but pleasant sounding winding, solid ratcheting noise. ...... a tough, strong, macho, mechanical noise.
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I love loud hubs. I'm pretty sure the Chris King's are the loudest I've heard. I love a loud hub. I hate my XT's because they're practically silent. If I could afford the King's and didn't already have a nice wheelset I'd buy some
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Old 09-28-03, 03:19 PM
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Originally posted by gastrocnemius
I am in the early stages of assembling a new wheelset, and I
really prefer a loud freehub.

I have a Ringle SuperDuperEight right now, and it's pretty loud, but I seem to recall Hugi's and or Sachs' to be rather distinctive as well. Anybody heard one of these and care to comment?

Thanks.
I assume you want a loud free hub so you can be heard. How about getting a bike bell (is that what itís called these days?)
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Old 09-28-03, 03:46 PM
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Bell on MTB = Dork
Loud Hub = part freak (wanted to use another word but it would be censored)

Big difference
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Old 09-28-03, 04:57 PM
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Originally posted by Chuvak
How about getting a bike bell (is that what itís called these days?)
I don't think I could sacrifice the extra grams
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Then scream really loud!
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Old 09-28-03, 06:26 PM
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Originally posted by gastrocnemius
I am in the early stages of assembling a new wheelset
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Then scream really loud!
I don't see how that would hold my spokes together :confused:
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Old 09-28-03, 10:53 PM
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My S-Works mtb wheelset use a hugi freehub. It has a distinct click, but I think that Chris King hubs are louder. The new Campy Record freehub certainly has it beat for freaking noise!! ..that's what's on my road bike. and it's loud!
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You definately would not want Atom Labs hubs, very silent.
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You could fake it by clipping a card to your seat stay so it rubs on the spokes
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Thanks to all for the input.

My goal is not simply to be louder. If that were the case, I would just carry a freon horn and scare the bejeebus out of everyone within a half-mile radius.

My rationale is that more freehub noise = more pawls = quicker engagement + more strength.
(silent clutch notwithstanding)

I'm pretty sure I'll go with the Chris King...I've had good experiences with his headsets in the past.
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