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Real Design hubsJaeP
Jun 25, 2002 5:23 PM
Has anyone built up a set of wheels using Real Design hubs? My primary concern is durability. I'm 6'2" and 235 lbs. These hubs claim to be lighter than Dura-Ace but they cost half as much. I thought I'd give them a try.

I would use 32 hole Mavic Open Pros laced 3x (front and rear) with double butted spokes (14g/15g).
re: Real Design hubsDave Hickey
Jun 26, 2002 5:17 AM
I've had real problems with their rear hub. After about 500 miles and 1 rain storm, the rear hub just seized up. Real Design's went out of business. IMHO, I'd avoid them.
I would recommend them for the $$$Quack
Jun 26, 2002 6:43 AM
I have built two sets of wheels using the real road hubs. One on an old MTN bike and the other on a road bike. Both 32 hole with aluminum freehub. The MTN hub has seen salt-spray, sub-zero temps, and complete submersion in streams, and still works just fine. The road hubs have about 2200 miles on them without a single glitch. The front is even radial laced with higher than normal tension and the flange is still fine. As far as durability goes, I don't think you'll have much trouble on the road at 235. The axles are light but I don't think typical road shock will bend them.

I'm sure you have read the bad reviews regarding too much play in the freehub and skipping. I'm not sure if it was a manufacturing problem at Real that was remedied before they went out of business or what. My hubs were purchased from Cambria bike and I have checked the freehub play and it is fine in both hubs. Plus, Cambria is willing to stand behind the hubs in the event of failure (I think).

I personally wouldn't build with the Open Pros but if you have to fit in, go for it! I would use CXP-33s or the Sun ME-14As instead. The Suns are actually 5 grams lighter than the OPs. The Real hubs are a very simplistic design.

Good luck!