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Anybody have experience with Real Design hubs?(6 posts)

Anybody have experience with Real Design hubs?speed-chump
Mar 20, 2002 9:08 AM
They're light, and on a real good special now.

Anybody have an opinion on them?

Their rear hubs put them out of business...ohio
Mar 20, 2002 9:26 AM
... so many of them came back defective/broken/exploded, that eventually they folded. Thus the hubs are on sale.

That being said I never actually owned one myself, so I probably shouldn't say anything...
it's trueDave Hickey
Mar 20, 2002 10:04 AM
I bought a Real/Velocity wheelset at Supergo a couple of years ago. The rear worked fine for about 150 miles. I had one rainstorm and the hub just seized on me. After takiing it apart,cleaning and greasing, it's still useless. IMHO, I would stay away from Real hubs.
fronts or rears?slow-ron
Mar 20, 2002 10:23 AM
I've been using a front on my mountain bike with good success but as posted here and everywhere else, stay away from the rears unless you know how to tweak them and make them work. Even then the seals are supposed to go bad in wet weather.

It's a shame because they are light and look good. Something in the design or manufacturing execution went terribly wrong and apparently they made too many before they could fix the problems. I've also got some hubs from Nuke Proof (also out of business) that I love but they've also found a way to poop the bed.

Shimano and Campy are good but they get boring and the arguments vs. each are dull. They're both still in business, however!
Needle Bearingsgrzy
Mar 20, 2002 11:03 AM
A buddy just blew one up on his MTB - took it apart to find that all the little needle bearings are toasted. He couldn't find parts so he had to junk it and buy a new hub. Admittedly the MTB environment is harsher, but think of it as an "accelerated life test." One can expect the same thing to happen on the road bike, but it will take longer. A deal on a POS isn't much of a deal.
Thanks, all. Dura-Ace it is. (nm)speed-chump
Mar 21, 2002 4:31 AM