open roader wrote:Shark bites or love bites, if the installation / removal of the cassette is made problematic by the tooth marks then I'd still be looking for a better freehub carrier (may not nec. be a warranty issue) but I'd stil be wanting to replace this one esp. as it's reputedly only 8 months old.
Any alloy freehub will do that - probably on the first ride so replacing would be a waste of time.
A steel freehub would be more durable, but one needs to consider that the hub only needs to last the life of the bearings inside the freehub. Given that these bearings are pretty difficult to replace, normally you'd swap the freehub out when the bearings are due.
As such - there is not much point building the freehub from heavy steel so it lasts forever - because once the bearings are cactus its going in the bin anyway...
Obviously there is a weight penality for steel which is why a lot of manufacturers choose the more expensive although less durable alloy for the freehubs on their higher end models.
In terms of cassette removal - you just need to tap the back of the cassette with a stick (I use a hammer handle) - little tap and its off. It really is a non-issue.