- Posts: 803
- Joined: Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:09 pm
- Posts: 1543
- Joined: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:26 am
- Location: Canberra
The rough guide might be the top of the line from each manaufacturer (be it Campy, Shimano, DT, Chris King, etc, etc), but even that's not much to work by. A top line hub might have compromises in design or materials to save weight.
I've got a Shimano 105 front hub at least 15 years old (and I got it second hand on a steel Shogun Ninja - that long ago), which just goes and goes and goes - the back might have lasted as long too if a LBS hadn't reassembled it with too few ball bearings in about 1996 . My Campy Chorus hubs are much prettier and perhaps have better workmanship in them but I don't think they necessarily roll any better.
- Posts: 192
- Joined: Tue Jan 01, 2008 2:17 pm
- Location: Windsor
- Super Mod
- Posts: 17905
- Joined: Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:42 pm
- Location: Tempe, Sydney
janus77 wrote:I guess the best balance of light weight, durability and smoothness..?
Or what are the lightest weight, what are the most durable, and which are the smoothest.
Probably smoothest is what I really mean.
In the Shimano range, you appear to be describing Ultegra.
While there are heaps to choose from, up from that would be White Industries.
- Posts: 15451
- Joined: Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:49 pm
- Location: Somewhere with padded walls and really big hills!
But you can't get them without a wheel unless you want to glue your own spokes and rim on .
Unibet riders not only raced on them but had to train on them only as part of their contract...not sure what they would have done if they where aloud to ride Roubaix thou
- Super Mod
- Posts: 1381
- Joined: Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:32 pm
challs wrote:Phil wood have quite a following among the fixed gear crowd - they look pretty nice and are supposed to be really great hubs.
They also make good hubs for touring and have a good reputation for reliability.
- Posts: 351
- Joined: Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:16 pm
- Location: Inner west, Sydney
Chris king are bomb proof but noisy - sound like angry bee! mine have been on the tandem for nearly 11 years (20,00kms approx) and are still as good as new.
Phil wood are smooth and last forever but heavy.
- Posts: 586
- Joined: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:19 pm
- Location: Between my seatpost and my stem.
For legend status, though, give me a set of Maxi-Car hubs. French hubs from the thirties to the fifties. They were the first hubs to offer "sealed" bearings all those years ago. I've heard stories of people riding several hundred thousand k's on one set of hubs. Try doing that today (if you live long enough!)
- Posts: 1297
- Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:35 pm
- Location: Southern Highlands N.S.W.
Smooth, beautiful, distinctive, exclusive, classy, sassy, serviceable & hyper cool. You are NEVER second rate with these in your ride, yesterday, today, or tomorrow.
Hmmmmm, what's in the box?. ............................... No, not this.
Yes, it's this one. .................... Even a special model for those who can't make up their mind.
Some important information.
Now that's AUSTRALIAN to the core.
- General Australian Cycling Topics
- Info / announcements
- Buying a bike / parts
- General discussion
- The Bike Shed
- Cycling Health
- Cycling Safety and Advocacy
- Women's Cycling
- Bike & Gear Reviews
- Cycling Trade
- Stolen Bikes
- Bicycle FAQs
- Serious Biking
- Audax / Randonneuring
- Retro biking
- Fixed Gear/ Single Speed
- Electric Bicycles
- Dragsters / Lowriders / Cruisers
- Children's Bikes
- Road Racing
- Road Biking
- Time Trial
- International and National Tours and Events
- Cycle Touring
- Touring Australia
- Touring Overseas
- Touring Bikes and Equipment
- Western Australia
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Country & Regional
- The Market Place
- Member to Member Bike and Gear Sales
- Want to Buy, Group Buy, Swap
- My Bikes or Gear Elsewhere
- Cycling Brands
- Cell Bikes
- Malvern Star
- Santa Cruz
- Custom Builders
- Generic Carbon
Who is online
Users browsing this forum: A_P
About the Australian Cycling Forums
The largest cycling discussion forum in Australia for all things bike; from new riders to seasoned bike nuts, the Australian Cycling Forums are a welcoming community where you can ask questions and talk about the type of bikes and cycling topics you like.