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How good is Dura-Ace hub?(7 posts)

How good is Dura-Ace hub?Qubeley
May 8, 2003 8:04 PM
I have the option of lacing up a good rim with either Dura-Ace or Helium rear hub. Which one do you think is better rear hub?
I have had Helium and Ksyrium, and I really liked Mavic's hub. However I have no experience with regular Shimano hubs. How does Shimano hubs compare to good wheel manufacturers'(Mavic, Zipp) hubs?
re: How good is Dura-Ace hub?Juanmoretime
May 9, 2003 12:59 AM
I would go with the Dura Ace hub. It's light, good bearings and much easier to service than any hub with cartridge bearings. Plus it uses a standard spoke verses the straight pulls the Mavic would require, much easier to find a replacement should it become necessary.
More than good enoughcyclequip
May 9, 2003 3:21 AM
Plus the Helium rear limits you to 28 spokes - always a durability issue unless you replaced the rim with a stronger make - like DRC.
20,000+ miles on DA hubs........Dave Hickey
May 9, 2003 4:00 AM
IMHO, The hubs are bullet proof. I've never had a problem with any Shimano hubs.
re: How good is Dura-Ace hub?xcmntgeek
May 9, 2003 5:10 AM
The D/A hubs are great. I like them enough that I race quite a bit on them, rather than my Kysriums or Spinergys. I also have a pair of the Heliums but I've found the D/A hubs to be more versitle and they last much longer between sevicing.
One thing Shimano is certainly good atTrekFurthur
May 9, 2003 5:35 AM
is bearings! I've ridden lots of wheels, and my DA/OP's are fantastic for fast group rides or just cruising--comfortable, too. I run 28-hole, Revolution spokes, so it's a light set-up too.
They're great!jw25
May 9, 2003 7:17 AM
As everyone else has said. I like Mavic hubs, too, as their bearings are very smooth and last forever. However, the Helium hubs use straight-pull spokes, which are harder to find, and limit you to one spoking pattern.
The Dura-Ace also uses a ti axle and ti freehub, to drop grams without comprimising durability. Just replace the bearings and regrease them once a season, and they'll last many years.