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A good quality light hub set ???(5 posts)

A good quality light hub set ???Andy
Jul 9, 2002 9:30 PM
I was thinking about having a custom set of wheels built but I have little knowlege of hubs... weight and bearing quality. Who makes the absolutely lightest set of hubs that are of suficient quality to take the daily beating of training and crit racing?
re: A good quality light hub set ???Juanmoretime
Jul 10, 2002 5:53 AM
Hi Andy,

You didn't mention Campy or Shimano? If Shimano you could go King which will give you light and strong. The only downside if a bearing , sealed, starts going out, you are out of a wheel for a while. I would strongly recommend Dura Ace. They are very rebuildable, excellent bearing and competitively light amoung most of the after market hubs. Not cheap but will run you almost $200 less that Kings or Hugi's. LoL.
I forgot to specify Shimano ( nm )Andy
Jul 10, 2002 6:21 AM
American Classic Ultralights.Quack
Jul 10, 2002 7:26 AM
I can't vouch for the long term reliability of the hubset as I only have a few hundred commuter miles on them but they are definitely the lightest for the $$. Dura-ace hubs are very durable and reliable but are also about 100g too heavy for a truly light wheelset. The AC hubs also have flanges spaced closer together than most hubs so the rear non-drive spokes have more tension and both wheels should be slightly more aerodynamic. The front hub has wide flanges for radial lacing as well. My hubs are 32h laced to Sun ME14a rims with 13/14 spokes and alloy nips and are the lightest wheels that I have ever built. A very cheap option for light wheels would be to use the Real hubs that Cambria sells, they are lighter than King, and very strong. The downside is that the company is out of business. I have two sets of wheels built using the Real hubs with the alloy freehubs and have never had trouble with them.
Light? Hugi 240grzy
Jul 10, 2002 11:01 AM
Run 'em on the MTB w/out any problems....yet.