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Would you get Ultegra or Dura-Ace hubs?(6 posts)

Would you get Ultegra or Dura-Ace hubs?JoeKlein
Jun 19, 2001 12:03 AM
I'm building up a set of Open Pros (28 hole radial front; 32 hole 3x drive, radial non-drive). Do you think it's worth the $50 bucks to spring for the Dura-Ace hubs over the Ultegra?
re: Would you get Ultegra or Dura-Ace hubs?Jofa
Jun 19, 2001 3:46 AM
I see no advantage in the DA hubs: weight difference is minimal, and bearing quality is fine on both. DA are maybe more highly polished. And on a side note.... lacing a front wheel radially will only overstress the hub flange, making a failure a significant possibility. There's no plus to offset this minus, excepting that some people think they look cooler... and I don't think that Shimano will warranty hubs for radial lacing, for this reason.
re: Would you get Ultegra or Dura-Ace hubs?sonny
Jun 19, 2001 5:06 AM
i've had both. d/a hubs spin smoother longer than ultegra and stays shinier too( both are 8spd). yes, shimano does not recommend radial lacing to their hubs(check their website), although i'm using a radial front wheel on my d/a with bladed german spokes(don't know the brand) and its holding up, nary a wobble. be sure to get the right spoke length though.btw i'm weigh 185 lbs. fyi.
DAHank
Jun 19, 2001 10:45 AM
much better bearing/race quality and a much better freehub body. Like the others said, you'll void the warranty with the radial lacing.
Go Dura AceThat 1 Dude
Jun 19, 2001 2:16 PM
Unless you're really hard up for cash, go Dura Ace. I think the upgrade is one of the cheapest way to shed a few more grams and you get some really nice hubs to boot! Take up those other guys suggestions on wheel lacing, and you'll have some nice wheels.
re: Would you get Ultegra or Dura-Ace hubs?JAMMM
Jun 22, 2001 10:40 AM
Go with the DA. I have used DA radial laced up front w/o any problems for 2 years.