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Which rear hub to choose?(7 posts)

Which rear hub to choose?Timo Vennonen
Mar 26, 2002 5:27 AM
My rear rim just died and I don't like the idea of rebuilding the wheel on the Coda Expert hub that came stock with the bike. The reason for my caution is that I've already had my share of problems with that hub.

At the moment my choices (that's what my favourite LBS has at *reasonable* price) for the new wheel are:

- 1998 LX
- New LX
- New XT
- 105

My cross bike sees a lot of riding in Finnish winter, which means basically everything between rain, hail, salt, sleet, mud and snow. Any educated opinions highly appreciated.

re: Which rear hub to choose?Velocipedio
Mar 26, 2002 5:50 AM
Well, you scoice will be somewhat limited by the spacing of your rear dropouts. Road hubs are 130mm long and MTB hubs are 135mm long. Essentially, if you have a road hub, you can't use a MTB hub without spreading the dropouts [impossible on an aluminum bike, not always advisable on a steel bike], and if you have an MTB hub, you can't use a road hub. Measure the dropout space...
Good pointTimo Vennonen
Mar 26, 2002 7:02 AM
Didn't really think of that because so far I've been only buying mtb hubs for my mountain bike and road hubs for the road. Well, you live and learn... I'll have to check that spacing. In any case, that effectively narrows the choice. Thanks for reminding me!
130 mm it is...Timo Vennonen
Mar 26, 2002 11:44 PM
so I the issue seems to be settled then, unless somebody can tell me horror stories of the unreliability of 105.
130 mm it is...BAM
Mar 27, 2002 5:16 AM
105 should be ok ,but if you can get an Ultegra at a decent price spend the extra. The latest 105 just doesn`t seem to be what it once was. Samething goes for Deore LX with Deore being absolute cr@p. Ultegra will last longer and take more abuse.
FH-1056?Timo Vennonen
Mar 27, 2002 5:44 AM
My LBS has an older 105 rear hub and I'm kind of leaning towards that. Is the old FH-1056 of better quality/value than the new 105?
Mar 28, 2002 7:50 PM
In my opinion it will outlast the new 9spd hubs(older 8spd hubs are still 9spd compatable). On my one set of wheels I built this past year, I reused a set of FH-1055 that had been up graded with an 8spd freehub body a couple of years ago. I have had them laced to 3 sets of rims now since 1990 and they are still smooth and going strong. Lets see if the newest 105`s can say that in 5 years let alone after 11 years of regular use.