what is the best rear xc disc hub under £60 new?
Best what? What spec/detail is most important to you?
Fastest freehub pickup speed, servicable freehub, weight, not cup/cone, least rolling resistance, quiet, loud, able to run singlespeed sprokets (not paying for widebody ones), axle compatibility/type (5mm QR, 10mm bolt up/nutted, 10mm thru QR, 12mm 135/142), ease of axle type changing, colour, logo garishness, warranty, reliability, brand name?
A Superstar Switch Evo is very similar to a hope pro II, same freehub pickup speed (24points/revolution), similar 300gish weight, cartridge bearings, mutliple axle type and ability to take different axles, as loud freewheel noise, if not louder, multiple colour choice
Differences are probably warranty, name, logo garishness and unknown reliability? Not sure if switch evos will take a SS sprocket
for reliability all Ive got to go on is a few threads on here on old pro II (not evo) bodys cracking around spoke holes
Shimano SLX have a 32point pickup speed with traditional/proper cup/cone setup for ~£35. you could put a 10mm solid (threaded) axle with nuts on if you wanted to stiffen up a bit from the 5mm QR
Something like 380g or so though and centre lock only
Shimano XT has a 36point pickup speed with a different cup/cone assembly that Ive read can undo itself more than the normal cup/cone type used on SLX (tighten normal ones up plenty and IME they dont undo). I reckon Id be adding a bit of threadlock ought to cure any issue?
Still ~330/340g, cant remember. around £50
With the odd cup/cone arrangement unless you can CNC/mill something up, you’re stuck with 5mm QR. No option of going 10mm thru bolt/QR
There is a 12mm/142mm thru axle version available but you’d be stuck with that too and I guess will be like the shimano 15/20mm front hubs which need special (££) sized cone spanners to service
Also centrelock only, at least in 5mmQR, not sure
OnOne has (had?) a hub for £40 which comes standard with a 10mm thru bolt QR (they fit in QR frames). It looks as if it must be cartridge bearing. Weight is claimed as 305g. When I asked them what the pickup speed was and how loud it was, they said it was loud, but didnt know what the pickup speed was
Must be more to choose fro out therePosted 5 years agodarryl1983Member
Had a set of Shimano XT M756 hubs for 6 years now, Still working fine. I serviced the rear recently for the first time, just a clean and regrease….to my surprise they’re now as good as new.
They’ve not had the hardest life, but have done alot of miles. Probably 50-60 commuting miles and 20 off road/trail centre miles per week on average for the last year to 18 months, then varied the rest of the time (including about 18 months in a damp garage)
Was £30 at tweeks cycles last week for a rear hubPosted 5 years agocpSubscriber
Another vote for XT here. The M785 loses some weight over previous versions, although it’s CL only (i use 6 bolt discs with a Superstar CL->6 bolt converter). It’s weight at the hub so it has minimal effect on the feel of the wheel. You also get the fantastic Shimano QR skewer with it. And the freehub body is steel, so no chewing up from the cassette. Very quick freewheel pick up as well.
Cheap herePosted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
For the money, are they heavy?
For the money you could go on ebay and buy circus monkey hubs that weigh less than an XT rear for a pair! Probably not as ‘good’ as shimano in other ways though.
For cheepness I like shimano, the only thing I don’t like is the freehubs always seemed to die catastrophicaly with no warning, and the freehub isn’t servicable, at least Hope you can dissasemble and look for broken pawls or springs.Posted 5 years agocannondalekingMember
another vote for circus monkey hubs i built a pair up with revs and stans arch 29er rims bloody light i stripped them down when i got them and packed all the cartridge bearings with rock and roll super webbing grease and lubed the pawls and they are perfect still 6 months on good for the money and easy to strip and service
Also as others have said cant go wrong with xt from rose bikes or keep your eye’s peeled and wait for a hope to come up cheap 😉Posted 5 years ago
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