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help on cx build - brakes and hubs(5 posts)

help on cx build - brakes and hubscannonsnail
Jan 9, 2004 12:38 PM

i'm building my first cx-bike and need som help:

hubs: American Clasic or Hugi 240?
the american clasics are realy light, but i have heard about problems with the rear cas-body - does anyone use them for cx?
I have the hügi's on my mtb and they are great - a bit heavier but very reliable.

I will be building the wheels with mavic open pro ceramics and dt revos.

Brakes: I have an old pair of Avid Tri aligns i was thinking about using. they are with v-brake cable pull, so i gues i have to use the little rollers?
Is it to much hasle to use the v-brakes? is it better just using the avid shortys?

hope to get som good advice from you pros :-)

re: help on cx build - brakes and hubsseamus
Jan 9, 2004 12:50 PM
I'm a big fan of keeping v-brakes on the mountain bike and running canti's on the cross bike. With decent canti's like shorty's or Paul's, you'll get more than enough braking power, considering that a cross bike's thinner tires puts a cap on exactly how much braking power you can really use, meaning your wheels will skid sooner, so stronger v-brakes brakes are overkill.
re: help on cx build - brakes and hubslaffeaux
Jan 9, 2004 1:49 PM
I have a pair of Hugi 240s on my MTB too. The AC hub might be lighter, but the 240 is a very light hub as well.

I can definitely recommend the 240 as a great hub. It's not the best sealed, but for normal use it works well. I found out last year that riding through creeks where the water is above the hub will remove all grease from the 240s. Otherwise in 3+ years of use they still work great.
re: help on cx build - brakes and hubsMShaw
Jan 12, 2004 10:30 AM
I'm running Onza HOs on my cross bike. Seem to work well enough to go racing on. I'm sure that if you go digging around a C-dale dealer's parts bin, you'll find bunches of these guys laying around!

I'm convinced that if you're going to race cross in the nasties that you do not want a chi-chi hubset. Get one that you can tear apart and re-grease the bearings. Read Shimano (or Campy if you've gone that route) hubsets. If you're going to race/ride cross in nice weather all the time, then the chi-chi stuff is great. I found a pair of XTR hubs for $40 on

Shorties squeal. At least mine did. I tried to adjust, fiddle, etc. and finally just said "screw it."

If you're getting the ceramic rims cheap, by all means run them. Remember that you're going to bash things harder with the reduced air volume in your cross tires. I've got 34c Tufo tubulars pumped to 45-50psi on my bike and I still hit rim on some rocks. If you're paying full pop for them, weellll (scratching head)...

Then again, these are MY opinions. YMMV!

re: help on cx build - brakes and hubsatpjunkie
Jan 12, 2004 10:46 PM
tri aligns are fine brakes. I assume you are referring to the late 80's early 90's cantis. Modeled after the Paul CNC's, will do you just fine.
Agree about easy bearing packing and avoiding the chi chi in the gunk.
If you are worried about ight (Hubs) save some $ and weight on the rims. use reg. O/P's that weight is on the outside of the rotating mass and therefore affects more than the hub. Good Luck.