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How are Real Design hubs ?(3 posts)

How are Real Design hubs ?PeterRider
Jun 15, 2002 5:29 PM
I see on this forum talking about shimano hubs, campy hubs, king hubs and a few others, but I don't remember any message about Real Design hubs.

How do they compare to other hubs ? Are they as good as dura ace hubs ? (which I was planning on buying)

They seem to be on sale at cambriabike at 29/59$. Should I buy ?

Thanks for your advice,

re: How are Real Design hubs ?Andy M-S
Jun 15, 2002 5:41 PM
They're OK. Or maybe better than OK. I like mine, but they came as part of a wheelset I got for cheap from Supergo ($150 built with Aerohead rims, which makes $90 for bare hubs sound kind of high). The rear hub tends to be a little loud, but in a pleasant sort of way. The front appears to be about as good a hub as you can get.

Things you should know: Like most non-mainline (Shimano/Campy) hubs, Real hubs use cartridge bearings. These are just fine, though they probably have greater rolling resistance than cup and cone bearings. As a company, Real is no more, which limits warranty possibilities. OTOH, they disassemble easily and the cartridge bearings are a standard part.

All said and done, I have a few thousand miles on mine and I like 'em. But if someone offered me DA hubs, I would probably go that direction instead.
re: How are Real Design hubs ?szybki
Jun 16, 2002 7:34 AM
These hubs have a really bad reputation. I would avoid them.