trail_rat - Member
I use cup and cone on race wheels as if you dont wield spanners like a gibbon you can gain precious seconds just by preparing hubs correctly
orangeboy - Member
Big fan of cup/ cone bearings nothing rolls as quick as a high end loose ball hub
Never mind the way they roll, there's another advantage. Any crap that gets in tends to get flung out whereas in "sealed" bearing it stays in the groove and grinds away forever.
All a cup and cone needs is a little maintenance from time to time - on a mtb that means cleaned out and new grease and they will last forever. When the balls are getting a bit past it, then about £2 buys you a new set. WIth no maintenance they don't last long, hence their reputation amongst the unmechanical as being unreliable.
If you go back 100+ years, the surfaces our grandparents were riding on weren't much different from trail bike stuff yet their unsealed hubs lasted forever. Their commuting mileages eclipsed anything the average trail bike sees. All it took was a little oil dribbled in after a wet or muddy ride and new ball bearings probably once a year. If you buy a vintage British bike that's been looked after, odds on are that it has its original hubs and BB even though its mileage by now is the same as a worn out car.