Ironic how LX is classed as worldclass for tourers
How does one of the worlds cheapest hubs manage to get this rep? Its beyond me.?
Hadley, CK, Philice, WI, Hope boys must be banging their seals to the rafters in disgust.
Tek it. Japs rule the world.
Whilst we are debating King Henry them little tinkerers are packing Mitutoyo micrometers in their sandwich boxes.Posted 4 years ago
Seems correct to me.
Why would you want to tour on an overpriced “lightweight” product you will struggle to get spares for?
My guess is you have done **** all touring? But like reading the magazines and lusting after this overpriced bling?
Just buy some polished wheels for your car or something.Posted 4 years agorootes1Member
current LX is not that cheap, but it has useful features for touring, chainguards, barrel adjusters, discs, v brake, works iwth loads of shifters ( i have dura ace downtubes + lx rear mech) on the rear mech, looks nice as well. nice hubs without disc mounts, realy that deore or XT trekking.
LX hubs (as with most shimano hubs) last ages if looked after by people who know how and when to use cone spanners. LX also come with nice strong steel hub axlesPosted 4 years ago
tomaso – Member
A mate rode all over South America on a bike he built with a Hope BigUn on the back because he could service the freewheel very easily – unlike a Shimano. A couple of cartridge bearings isn’t too much effort to carry with you either.
Carrying a spare freehub body and tools to swap it is pretty similar.Posted 4 years agosangobeggerMember
It’s not bearings that are the problem,it’s free hubs on shimano. I wouldn’t care whether they were cartridge or bearingPosted 4 years ago
, but I would always carry a free hub spare. Much easier to get bearings, cartridge or otherwise In remote areas, but free hubs – your ride ends there and then, period!aracerSubscriber
I’m with ben on this (but then he usually talks a lot of sense) – just because Deore is cheap compared to what you need to ride round a trail center doesn’t mean it’s not fully functional. Above that level there’s very little difference in the finctionality, just in the weight and bling.
Though what’s actually wrong with Shimano freehubs? How do they break, as I’ve never broken one?Posted 4 years ago
Hi, Yes to replace the cups required a donor hub which was cannibalised, This Ain’t easy as the cups are not meant to be removed and no provision is made to do this. Once removed from the donor the cup was a different O/d! It would have been easier to make a new cup.Posted 4 years ago
Eventually I managed it and the wheel is now in use.
However I have in the loft from about1999 a very nice wheel with an LX hub which suffered the same problem and I deemed it not worth the hassle back then. (I was thinking of modifying this to cartridge bearings at that ppoint in time but never got to doing it)
Cheers Y’all Kit 🙂
Forgot to say that I was able to purchase new cups for a Campagnolo record hub(but this wasfrom the 1970s)Posted 4 years ago
Also there used to be rear hubs with a screw on block on one side and a single fixed cog on t’other side. I alwaysknew these as “Track hubs” Sounds like one of these might be a good idea for a round the world tour.
Cheers again Kit 🙂
The cones in my 80 year old Sunbeam are starting to show slight signs of pitting now, so I figure that’s reasonable reliability. My 60 year old Humber has perfect cones. The only thing wrong with cones are can’t be bothered owners who don’t do maintenance.
And you can run cup and cone offroad for long distances. Here’s some early offroaders on a several thusand mile transcontinental jaunt – before roads.
Francis Birtles, Warren & Robert Lennie, at Eucla WA, 1907. Lennies attempting Perth-Sydney record (pic from “The Bicycle and the Bush”.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
FWIW, I get about the same mileage from shimano freehubs as I do cartridge bearings (about 2 years regular use).
If I was heading off for a proper tour (i.e. riding outside Europe or round the world) there’s no way I’d use anything but shimano. Fancy trying to track down Hope pawl springs, or DT star ratchets in Africa? But there’ll be a shimano dealer, and if not, it’s cheep. Given a choice you could bin the whole wheel and buy a replacement for the cost of a couple of nights in a travelodge* waiting for a replacement part. Unlikely to feel the same about a £150 Hope hub!
*admittedly you’re not likely to be spending that much on accommodation.
glupton1976 – Member
Nowhere near enough anti governmental ranting, hasn’t joined in with the discussion disagreeing with everyone, and doesn’t really ask any questions.
And to top it all, no laser beams!Posted 4 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
Notice that they are all on 29ers
28ers to be precise! 😉Posted 4 years ago
chiefgrooveguru – Member
“Notice that they are all on 29ers”
28ers to be precise!
In Oz they often used bigger tyres – 2″ was quite popular – so I reckon it’s fair to call them 29ers. 🙂
Pretty sure these guys have them – they look bigger than the 28″ tyres on my dreadnought.Posted 4 years ago
The topic ‘Ironic how LX is classed as worldclass for tourers’ is closed to new replies.