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Best hubs for riding in the rain ... lots of rain(5 posts)

Best hubs for riding in the rain ... lots of rainAllUpHill
Oct 30, 2003 8:35 PM
Phil Wood, Dura ace? Something cheaper hopefully? Whatever it takes though. I've been using some older Rolf Vector Comps in the rain. The hub bearings and freehub are now quite shot, meaning i went to turn the wheel forward while in the bike stand, and, in addition to a delightful grinding sound, the cranks turned forward too. This is not a fixie, but maybe it's turning into one! (Not to mention they collect a few quarts of water in the rim.)

I know riding in the rain inherently ruins bike components and should never be done. I no longer care. I just want whatever is the best sealed and most water resistant.
I am using an older pair of dura-ace hubs.the bull
Oct 31, 2003 4:34 AM
The key thing here is maintainance! Nothing is completely waterproof. So if you keep them clean and greased any hub should be fine.
I have had good luck with a Hugi on the Mtn bike as well.
I am sure the King and Wood hubs are nice too.
I think they are overpriced esp. for a rain bike.
Low maintenance VS easily maintainable...Spunout
Oct 31, 2003 4:42 AM
My cheapies are Campagnolo Mirage hubs, sealed in the rear and free bearings (no seals) on the front. Ten minutes to stuff new grease in the front, haven't worried about the rear until they totally seize.

Your choice I guess.
re: Best hubs for riding in the rain ... lots of rainMShaw
Oct 31, 2003 9:49 AM
Something with a grease port: old (way old) Dura Ace, or Campy. That way, you can inject more grease from the inside, forcing the nasty stuff out the seals.

Way back when, the rule mtn biking was that if you went through water over the hubs, you took them apart and regreased them after the ride.

Modifing the old adage some, I'd say you should probably look at your hubs at least weekly if you ride in lots of rain.

There's no such thing as a completely sealed hubset. You may as well ride something that is easily maintainable.

Mike
Early 90s DA 7400 hubs have grease ports and are 9spd too n.m.shawndoggy
Nov 2, 2003 7:37 AM