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Old 09-28-10, 01:49 PM
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hub dilemas

Alright all, im just putting together my new (old) touring bike, its the one i smashed up in mexico and i can now afford to get repaired. Anyhow im in a bit of a dilema as to what hubs to get, my mechanic mate keeps telling me to get disc hubs as it will make them future proof(at least its different to the standard bombproof parlance).
Can anyone suggest reasons for agreeance or otherwise, ive always used xt or lx hubs old school and never had any problems but he has got me thinking, it also seems that old school(non disc) hubs are harder to find thesedays any advice would be gratefully accepted.

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The only reason I can think of not to get disc compatible is that disc hubs have flanges slightly closer together. Do you expect to keep these wheels longer than the frame or use these wheels on another frame?
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I've used Phil Wood Freewheel hubs for decades, theyre still made ,
in fact better as the axles have the ability to come apart to change the axle lengths.
Mine was the original design, pressed in to the shell
axle was absolutely un bendable
and they still are ..
disc wheel means you won't be slowed by out of whack rims
but discs can be bent in shipping the bike to and from trip starts and ends if you fly.

[Heathrow to Mexico to Wales is needing to pack the bike up , of course.. ]

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I just bought a Koga World Traveller. Sweet machine! The specs said XT hubs. When the bike arrived, I found that they had used XT center-lock disc hubs. If Koga do it, it can't be bad.
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I can find non-disk XTR, Phil Wood, White Industries, Chris King....and that's just a quick Google.
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Discs are okay, but I would definitely allow for additional brake options. You can typically run disc brake hubs on a non disc frame, just leave them off. It is damned hard and expensive to convert a non disc frame to handle disc brakes.

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I recently went through the decision for touring hubs. High end Shimano MTB hubs XT/XTR now have Alu axles (for increased stiffness and reduced weight). They are fatter so something else is thinner; that is the ball bearings. They use smaller ball bearings, esp on the drive side.
LX use a steel axle and the traditional bearing size BUT since the LX brand has been "repurposed" from MTB to Trekking, the seals have been downgraded (tourists dont need such good seals!).

There is NO hub on the market with cup and cone axles, traditional sized bearings and top quality seals. If your old hubs are high end Shimano, keep them. Cut them away from the old spokes and have them rebuilt.
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