- Superstar Electro hubs – long term users?
Has anyone out there put these hubs through a lot of abuse/miles and have any notable things to report?
Because there’s a day in the week, they’re on offer, and combined with Mavic 827s they seem like they’d make a reasonably lightweight, strongish wheelset on a relatively modest budget. However, I’m used to the sealing of Hopes, and want to know if I’m going to hate them 😀 I want as trouble free as I can (for as cheap as I can, obviously..)
They’d be going on a hardtail that’s used year round for everything from canal path commuting to the occasional Welsh foray, with Trail centres, 50 miles XC jaunts, and jump sessions in between. I’m a relatively light rider but ride reasonably hard on the right trails.
I’ve found some old threads but no-one seems to have said much long term?
NB: I’m talking specifically about the Electros, Not any of the other rebranded Novatechs etc, and I’m fully aware of their Customer Service reputation, but they’ve always been great for me 🙂Posted 2 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
We’ve a two year old set, in our possession for three months.
When you take the rear or the frame, the free wheel just falls apart each time, dropping springs and pawls everywhere. The end caps have no friction hold at all.
I’m waiting on SS to respond to an email two weeks ago, but that was over Christmas.Posted 2 years agotorsoinalakeMember
Another self disassembling hub here. Have also been ignored by Superstar support.
You learn the knack of using gravity to keep the freehub on when you take the wheel out, and if you don’t then it gets a clean and a regrease. Which helps with longevity I guess!
Good wheels let down by the design.Posted 2 years agoalexxxMember
Are the electro’s the high pickup ones?
If so they are fine. I’ve some on my road bike.
If they are the cheaper low engagement ones then nope they aint great and i ripped all the pawl mounts off the main hub body after 6 months of riding in NZ and France. They did rebuild the wheel with the higher engagement hub for free though with no questions so I do recommendPosted 2 years agomrhoppySubscriber
It was helpfully pointed out to me that lots of other Hubs use friction connection. I think my sarcastic response was that it’s ok if there is some.
I got blamed for using a heavy cassette with a 42t ring which conveniently ignored that it falls off without a cassette attached too.
We got sent new end caps with fatter o rings and it did make it better but it was still not as secure as other hubs we’ve got and we did have to get to the point of threatening to return as not fit for purpose before it was acknowledged.Posted 2 years ago
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