Help with wheels
What Northwind said, only a little more politely.
Those Crank Bros wheels are a Royal PITA, spares are just about non existent, and they don’t even perform all that well for the money (and I’m talking about their discounted price, not their original RRP). The looks are very Marmite too (I’m in the hate it camp, some love the look though)…
Just took delivery of my new wheels today, almost loathe to recommend Superstar given some people’s experiences, but got some Superstar Switch EVO hubs on Pacenti TL28’s for £160 (in the sale right now) which is a bargain. The hubs are (I think) rebranded Novatec, and have cartridge bearings and easily replaceable (and cheap) freehubs, so should last OK at least. The hubs are also totally adaptable for any axle standard.
Of course there’s also the option of Hope Pro’s on Stans rims for about £300, or to be honest, a whole host of other options. Personally I’d steer clear of the Crank Bros wheels.Posted 4 years agojohnellisonMember
Personally I’d steer clear of the Crank Bros
wheelsproducts full stop.
Crank Bros as a whole have an attitude that stinks. IME their products are complete gash. The final straw came for me with some of their 50/50 pedals.
Within a month of fitting them, the bearings were completely lunched (and I’m not hard on pedals, I’m still using a 5-year-old set of SPDs and some Wellgo B24s which are 3 years old) and when I replaced them I discovered that the spindles were actually made from Cathedral City.
I e-mailed Crank Bros directly and (politely) told them what I thought, and received the snottiest, couldn’t-give-a-toss response ever, to the effect that they weren’t designed to be abused (eh??) in the way that I had, and what did I expect?
Red rag to a bull, vowed and declared never to buy another Crank Bros product ever again. And I haven’t.Posted 4 years agoboxfishMember
I bought a set of the original Iodine wheels. The freehub exploded within a few months. It was repaired under warranty and I sold them soon after.
Also, they had very poorly sealed bearings (needed to be cleaned after every wet ride, especially the rear). There were also compatability issues with certain cassettes.
I won’t touch CB stuff now, either.Posted 4 years ago
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