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Problem to ride Record hubs in the rain?(4 posts)

Problem to ride Record hubs in the rain?tmac13
Oct 27, 2003 10:39 AM
Upgrading to Campy and will upgrade wheels as well. I'll be riding in the rain occasionally (Nor Cal). I like how the Record hubs spin but don't want constant maintenance either. Should I go with a sealed hub instead?
campy hubs have seals....C-40
Oct 27, 2003 11:10 AM
Record hubs have seals to keep water out and grease ports that can be used to inject grease into the hubs. For those in doubt, go to www.campagnolo.com and read the factory literature regarding the use of the GREASE (not oil) ports.

The other type of hub you are referring to uses cartridge bearings that also have seals to keep out water. Unfortunately, no seal is perfect. Get some water in a cartridge bearing and you'll never get it out. The seals are not made to be removed or replaced. New cartridge bearings cost $5-10 each and each hub will have at least two. Some rear hubs use more than two cartridge bearings.
3+ years of it with no issuesCoolhand
Oct 30, 2003 7:27 AM
Including some truly biblical downpours. My Record BB crapped out after 3 years (mostly due to a open seatpost head issue- it was like a water funnel), but my hubs are still kicking, I actually have never touched them.

Coolhand
my chorus hubs were spotless after 2 wintersBenR
Oct 30, 2003 10:33 AM
I followed Campy's recommendation to overhaul my chorus hubs after 2 years and they didn't need it. The grease was still in excellent shape and they saw a fair amount of rain and grit during that time. The seals and ease of adjustment are 2 of the best features of the modern Record, Chorus, and Centaur hubs. They are very solid as well although have more friction than the old style hubs, I'm guessing partly because of the seals. My chorus hubs are becoming increasingly frictionless, but it's taking long enough.

If I were to do it again, I'd buy Centaur/Daytona hubs and save a lot of money for the same internals. The only difference is grease ports, a titanium freehub body, and lighter skewers on Record, and lighter skewer on Chorus (compared to Centaur). Very little weight difference and I've never used the grease port on my Shamals (basically a record hub) - seems like an excessive waste of grease when one can take them apart and clean properly with little additional effort.