Cheap good rear hubs
If you want a sealed bearing hub then you will need to budget more than £20.
Your best bet for a cheap sealed bearing hub will be a used factory standard hub from someone like specialized, giant, lapier etc get on ebay and do some searching and post up a wanted add in the classifieds over there —->Posted 5 years ago
I’m planning to build a rear wheel up from a spare rim I’ve got (mavic 721). But even the £60 for a superstar hub seems pricey to me… I mean come on it’s only a hub right! (cue assault on all sides from pro2 afficionados).
Can you get sealed cartridge bearing hubs for around the £20 mark? If so then what, and are they worthwhile? Alternatively what’s the cheapest decent hub with replaceable cups and cones as well as bearings?Posted 5 years agotomasoSubscriber
Shimano Deore hubs are so cheap it makes all the arguments about Hope hubs invalid. crc deorePosted 5 years ago
A full set of bearings for a Hope Evo Pro II is £40. The freehub pawls and springs costs more than a Shimano replacement freehub. The freehub body costs twice as much as an entire deore hub. But then I suppose you can change axle diameters etc.trail_ratMember
ive got hope hubs still in use from 1998 bought off epo-aholic on here back then and was on my only bike back then and is now on my “do it all hardtail” its had the bearings changed once and a new set of pawls once.
show me a deore thats seen as much use and still in use and still working perfectly ….Posted 5 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
Similar weight to hope (slightly heavier), 55 quid ish posted for the pair…Posted 5 years ago
The XC hub on the back of my Pitch is in at least it’s 3rd build, i bought it 2nd hand and it had been rebuilt into a new wheel once already. All it’s had is new bearings.
IME the hubs last about 2 years with minimal maintenance (annual strip and grease), which is about what I get from rims on an XC bike so build them and bin them when they fail.
Next best would be a 2nd hand hope XC if you only need a QR axle.
It’s really hard to justify anything but Pro2’s though if you can afford them, lighter than shimano and Hope’s warrenty is brilliant. That and they’re just nicer than shimano. No play in the freehub, rebuildable, stiffer, I’m sure the combination of no play in the freehub and stiffer axle make them shift better too.Posted 5 years ago
Thanks for all the replies!Posted 5 years ago
DMR – I can’t tell from the blurb, are they sealed cartridge or just sealed? http://www.tredz.co.uk/.DMR-3-Pawl-9-Speed-9mm-Cassette-Rear-Hub_32576.htm?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Product_Search&utm_campaign=Froogle02Posted 5 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Nowt wrong with Shimano cup & cones at all. As said, strip them before use & re-pack with proper grease. Dont overpack them though, just enough to give the bearings a good coat.
To set the cones I clamp the wheel in the outside of the dropouts with the skewer, so the axle is under compression while your adjusting them. Dont know if this is the right way, but it works.
While your at it, fetch the freehub off & sit it in a pot of oil so it soaks through, then let it drain.
The de-rigeur Hope Pro2’s are nice, but we cant all afford them.Posted 5 years agojamesMember
“really hard to justify anything but Pro2’s though if you can afford them”Posted 5 years ago
I dont’ think I could live with the level of noise they make. I know I could pedal more, but then I could get a fixed hub if I wanted to do that
Also, the freehub pickup speed could be better on a pro2. Yes they’re faster than a 2004 XT, deore or standard DTswiss, but SLX, 2008/2012 XT, upgraded DT and more (dmr? stans? amclassic?) are bit faster pickup again
If they could double the pickup speed to 48points like the pro2 singlespeed then I might consider one, though maybe buy some earplugs with the wheelbuild ..
Pro2s are really not that nice are they.. seals are draggy, alloy freehubs not strong enough, 24pt pickup is only marginally better than the cheapest shimano 16pt.. i still have them though because Shimano freehubs don’t last at all. Hope Hoops are a good deal for complete wheels.
Superstar are £60 and terrible bearings.
i’m assuming he wants 6bolt disc.
how about these? (Funn £44+)
you want something with parts available though…Posted 5 years agotomasoSubscriber
My Hope Pro II Evo collapsed at the Coed y Brenin enduro the other week. Its only a year old. May be I ride too much to make it last on one set of bearings until 2020?Posted 5 years ago
I’ve got some shagged Shimano hubs too
But Deore hubs are still as cheap as you want to go down to.naffriderMember
For the price you can’t go wrong with an XT rear hub.
Deores are okay but I’ve had hit or miss with how long the freehub lasts.
Can get an XT for £32posted (Clicky) so only a bit more than a Deore, well worth it IMO.
Going to be building up a wheelset soon and want a steel freehub (for intermitent singlespeeding with a narrow sprocket) and will be using XT.Posted 5 years ago
you could, if you were around 2 weeks ago, get 756a for £17.99 from CRC. honestly, no shimano freehubs last well, they all get wobbly, sealing is a little better on higher ones, but it’s just the design, the little balls wear out. and they aren’t serviceable either.
don’t know about Funn spares, i’d call Funn and check. buying two now is a bit silly? i’d go with shimano 525a probably. unless anyone has suggestions for other good cartridge hubs..
very similar to the basic “xt” above.
hold upPosted 5 years ago
this claims to have shimano compatible freehub body (which?). as i said they don’t last too well, but they should last 1-2 years and at least can be got. looks good on paper. or superstar. i’d still either go for cheap cup&cone or something decent. shame hope’s cost too much, hub is £120 and whole wheel is about.. £150?
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