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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:01 am 

Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:16 pm
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I can add to this thread;

I used Hubsmith hubs for the first half of this year on a set of Chinese tubulars I had made up.

The front hub is still running OK; definitely cheap crap, but has not snapped, is light, and looks OK from a distance.

Rear hub was total rubbish, however. Badly machined parts, fitting together badly. Shockingly rough bearings, no finesse to the product, etc. Really just a standard low end piece of Chinese rubbish.

This was replaced with a newer carbon bodied Chinese hub (well, what appeared to be cheap aluminium with a veneer of carbon over it).

This second hub was equally as rubbish, but this time the problem was in the ratchet which slipped, and a mysterious creaking.

I have since replaced these hubs with proper high end stuff.

For those on a budget, these things 'work'. For those who want something in any way nice, I would avoid like the plague. Simply not good. They don't not work, but they are really crappy and depressingly badly made and you can feel it.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:15 pm 

Joined: Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:04 pm
Posts: 95
Location: Denmark
I now have over 2000km on a set of Bitex Rar12/A713SB, and am very happy with them so far. Especially the rear (Rar12) is very impressive for the price! Excellent machining and fit. But of course the polishing (mine are silver) are not up to e.g. Tune standard, which costs 5x as much. The blue Enduro bearings still work like new. I have worked with the 245g Novatec rear before, and IMHO Bitex RAR12 is better. It could easily be sold at double the price, if it had a well-known brand name stamped on it.

To give a quieter freehub (and with less drag), I removed one of the two "teams" of 3 pawls. This does not make for a weaker freehub, only doubles the engagement angle, so it is now on par with Shimano and standard hubs. Added bonus: I have a complete set of spare pawls in reserve :)

I would definitely buy Bitex hubs again, but not the RAR9 rear (aka. "EDhub"), as I believe the flanges are thinner (= too thin) - and then it has slightly smaller bearing capacity as mentioned earlier in this thread.

Just one thing: ALWAYS take a new Bitex hub apart to check for small metal shavings in either freehub, or pressing against the bearings! The hubs are good as such, but apparently Bitex cut too many corners when cleaning and assembling, so many come with debris or small metal shavings hidden inside. Both my front and rear hub had this. If this is removed before they are used, it will not do any damage, but otherwise the freehub and/or bearings can be ruined very quickly..

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:15 pm 

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