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Feasible to replace rear hub on Rolf Vector Pro?(4 posts)

Feasible to replace rear hub on Rolf Vector Pro?OffTheBack
May 25, 2003 9:05 AM
I bought a set of these wheels (3 bills on e-bay, couldn't resist), and from reading the reviews & posts here, the rear hub seems to be the weak link (cracking, bearings wearing out, etc.). So I'm wondering, is it feasible to replace the rear hub with something stronger, like a Chris King? Since it's built with 16 spokes, could I use a 32-hole hub with every other hole empty, or would I need a specially drilled hub? Any other issues besides getting the right length spokes?

Thanks for any ideas.
There fine!the bull
May 25, 2003 10:03 AM
Those are a good set of wheels! I know lots of people who ride them without problems.If there is nothing wrong with the hub just leave it alone!Bearings when worn can be replaced.
A Chris King hub on that wheelset would probally not work.Its not as simple as you think lacing a 32 hole hub to 16 spoke wheel is silly.The spokes are probally a different length.I have never seen it done and I would never do it!
Take a good deal, then change the parts to make it $$$$ (nm)Kerry
May 26, 2003 4:36 PM
Don't bother, just learn how to service them....usna00
May 26, 2003 7:53 PM
A few months ago I would have told you to throw these things out. Mine sucked and I couldn't stand the trouble. Then, I got smart and I figured out how to work on the damn thing. Since then, no problems.

The thing that drove me mad about mine was the 'creaking' noise when the rear wheel was under load. Sounded as if the thing was eating itself up. All it takes is a little chain lube in the freehub and presto, no more problem. That creaking noise happens when the ratchet mechanism gets dry.

That reminds me, these wheels hate rain. If you must just make sure you empty the water from the rim and then ensure that the freehub isn't dorked up by the water.

Good luck.