Best Hubs for reliability/easy service
I’ve got a black hope rear xc, an WILL never sell it! Hope hubs are great. Mines had 3 sets of bearings in since I bought it 7 years ago! I also have a front hope xc which is still working fine, I’ve never had to replace the bearings too. Can’t quote about any other hubs due to the Hopes being so reliable that I’ve never had to buy any others.Posted 9 years ago
NOT pro2’s. I’m on the third set of rear wheel bearings since July. The freehub seal just doesn’t cope with UK conditions and water sits in the ratchet area and rusts/rots the driveside bearing. The bearings are a lot smaller than the old XC’s too which doesn’t help.
On the plus side they are easy and cheap to replace.
I do wish I still had my old Ti freehub XC.Posted 9 years agogravelrashMember
I’ve had hope xc hubs and they were poor. The cartridge bearings, although fitted with seals, are not designed for the attack of water from our british winters/summers. The 3 pawl freewheel hub is of poor design. A mate with the newer pro 2 hubs had a back one split last week from the freewheel side along the length towards the non drive side. I have given up on hope hubs and have chris kings. The freewheel ringdrive does need looking after but with the right tools its a doddle. The bearings are sealed but are made from stainless just in case water does get in. I’ve never had any problem whatsoever with Shimano XT but would buy the kings again given the choice.
Shimano XT or CK’s, my opinion.Posted 9 years agoBifferMember
gravelrash – how can you say these things about Hope XC hubs ?
I think every poster above who has Hope XC hubs will diaagree with you about them not coping with our water. The fact is that the water doesn’t get into the hubs in the first place !
I’ve got 2 sets used all year round – the 4 years old set has had new bearing in the rear. The second set 3 years old running sweet as !
So why is the 3 pawl freewheel of poor design ?Posted 9 years agoJonEdwardsMember
Of the hubs I’ve had, all my Hopes have been painless (I’ve had a fair selection of Tiglides, Bulbs, XCs and ProIIs). They’ve never ever failed, I’ve rarely had to replace the bearings, and you need no special tools to do a complete strip down (bar a big hammer). They’re also convertible to almost any axle standard out there.
My SO has DT240s on her XC bike. Nice, light hubs, and the star ratchet is clever, but the need for special tools to replace the bearings with is a major downer.Posted 9 years ago
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