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Buuzzzzzzzzz........King hubs for the road....yah or nay!(20 posts)

Buuzzzzzzzzz........King hubs for the road....yah or nay!K-Man
Oct 24, 2003 12:11 PM
I have 2 sets of King hubs, MTB bike and single speed and love the hubs for MTB. The Buzzzzzz is not that big of a deal to me. Building a new road wheelset and think King as far a quality would be the way to go.....BUT is the King Buzzzzzzzz too annoying for the road? Am I going to pi$$ off a bunch of "serious" roadies on group rides? (not intended to be offensive to "serious" roadies).

Any other Hubs out there close to King quality without the noise?

re: Buuzzzzzzzzz........King hubs for the road....yah or nay!yeah right
Oct 24, 2003 12:20 PM
I love my kings laced to cxp-33s. There's no reason to not be peddaling 95% of the time, the buzz isn't too bad, although you will get stupid questions, like "is that hub okay". Record hubs are quite audible by the way, and that's cool.
my campy chorus hubs are almost as louddante
Oct 24, 2003 12:24 PM
and they're fun to use instead of a bell to let people know I'm coming. :)

Just don't stop pedalingTJeanloz
Oct 24, 2003 12:32 PM
There's pretty much no reason to be freewheeling for an extended period of time on a road bike.
Like TJean sez- keep pedaling.MXL02
Oct 24, 2003 12:40 PM
The reason why serious roadies in a paceline hate freewheel buzz is because when they hear it they think you are braking and it upsets there ability to keep the pace. Quiet hubs let you cheat, but the commonly accepted method for minor adjustments in speed in a paceline is to soft pedal, never coast.
Louder the betterNo_sprint
Oct 24, 2003 12:33 PM
My Record hubs sound great.
Oct 24, 2003 12:38 PM
Save your money and build with either Dura Ace (7700) or Chorus. King hubs are overpriced and overkill.
They'd drive me buggypmf1
Oct 24, 2003 12:39 PM
I don't even like being near someone riding them. But hey, you're the one that has to listen to it.
they irritate me, but that could be a good thingDougSloan
Oct 24, 2003 12:42 PM
I was following a guy in a road race in a big pack, and I could swear he was riding his brakes. I kept backing off. Finally, I pulled alongside and asked if his brakes were rubbing. He said, "no, that's my hub," which was a King. So, I suppose it could be a good thing if it keeps wheel suckers at bay or diverts their attention.

re: Buuzzzzzzzzz........King hubs for the road....yah or nay!dave_w
Oct 24, 2003 12:46 PM
I would think the opposite! I have a set of Kings on mtb wheels and they are obnoxious to me when I'm in the woods, would rather be able to ebb and flow with the singletrack as silently as chain slap, no cable slap, and as little rear hub noise as I can get. White industries are nice, and Hugis are somewhat more muted than the Kings. American Classic was mellow, but my rear hub had problems early, so I would not recommend them. Probably will get plenty of folks here that will say D/A or even Ultegra will be more than adequate.
re: King hubs for the roadChen2
Oct 24, 2003 12:49 PM
After two seasons I've come full circle and now I really like my King hubs. They're certainly not as loud as my friend's Record hubs. And I don't think they are as loud as they were when new. King's instructions call for regular maintenance and King specific ring drive grease, available directly from Chris King.
Are they a smart investment, that's up to you. I doubt that they perform better than D-A or Record. They sure are pretty though, mine are black.
Think of it as a reminder to pedalmhinman
Oct 24, 2003 1:52 PM
I have record hubs, and I like the ratchet. This is what bike wheels are supposed to sound like. And besides people behind you hear it more than you do, so it is there problem not yours.
How nice of you.swvegg
Oct 25, 2003 6:49 AM
Instead of being nice and courteous to people. Lets annoy the hell out of them...

Personally I don't mind the sound. If for some reason I got some King hubs for free or at a great deal I'd definitely build them up. Otherwise I'm sticking with DA hubs.
What Makes King Hubs Great, IMO...miposy
Oct 24, 2003 2:49 PM
...they are extremely durable, customer service is exceptional, they are rebuildable (though this isn't often necessary) and they are very, very water resistant. I just put a set on my MTB, and they replace some XT hubs that were pretty good.

I can't speak to Shimano, other than to say my XT hubs have been fantastic on my MTB, but my Campy hubs are very water non-resistant, and it is clear they won't survive this wheelset, despite maintenance. My next road wheelset will be Kinged, and will have a ceramic braking surface.

I have friends on King hubs that are five to seven years old, with many, many miles on them, and that's from where the above information derives. Not many hubs last this long.
I don't like riding along side that noise nmmerckxman
Oct 24, 2003 6:01 PM
Got 'em, like'em, don't careCrankist
Oct 24, 2003 7:43 PM
They are surely faster to engage than any others. They are about as light as hubs come, and damned attractive. Compared to Record, they are kind of a pain to service properly - if bike maintenance time is hard to come by.

I have them in silver mated to silver OPs, same with Record.
They'll match any bike that comes along to round out the stable.

Ring drive sound can be lessened somewhat by a little extra lube, but the effects don't last more than 400 miles or so.
For a while I was concerned about possibly annoying other riders, but that was before my cat died. Now I'm just mean as hell.
Like an old friend along...lyleseven
Oct 25, 2003 6:01 AM
Consider the noise, same goes for Campy, like having an old friend along for the ride.....
won't the heavy drag slow you down? nmdivve
Oct 25, 2003 10:40 AM
Oct 26, 2003 8:21 PM
Has nothing to do with it...
I'm talking heavy seal drag.... nmdivve
Oct 27, 2003 2:35 AM