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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:21 am 
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I've only seen one pair of Hubsmiths, on wheel I bought from FarSports. Based on that limited sample I'd prefer the EDhub/Bitex hubs. Their bearings are better than Hubsmith, making the hubs turn smoother. Their rear flange spacing is wider, making a laterally stiffer wheel.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:03 pm 
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what about circus monkey hubs? Heard they are quite good..


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:11 am 
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About circus monkey hubs...
What about these spoke holes? Sorry, don´t know a right word, but will this hub suit for radial lacing?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:26 am 
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The "keyhole" drillings allow for wider aero spokes to be used.

Manufacturer or spec sheet should be able to tell about radial lacing compliance.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:59 am 
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Bitex and Novatec hubs are great if we exclude their generic hub range. At the moment I'm using wheelsets with DT/Corima/Mavic/Novatec/Bitex/Syncros/Shimano(various models) on my 5 bikes and Novatec/Bitec are top notch and I can not tell difference between 85$ Bitex hubs versus 500$+ DT 240's.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:22 pm 
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They only use a 10mm axle ... do you think this is strong enough for all riders and surfaces?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:09 am 
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For any of the hubs coming from Taiwanese or Chinese sources check the specs carefully. There are plenty of these hubs floating around on eBay that swap out quality bearings for lesser quality Chinese bearings. You may save $10 on the hubs only to shell out two or three times that to replace the bearings a few thousand km later.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:25 am 
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I had bad luck with the "bikelover" hubs of ebay. They use Enduro bearings but the rear still developed play really qucikly. Don't now if it was easily fixed because I replaced it w a DT240 I had. Novatec has been good as others have said.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:25 pm 
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Light-bicycle has several road hub options with no additional upcharge.

I'm trying to decide between Bitex RAR9 and Novatec F582 - which would you get?

http://www.light-bicycle.com/the-more-d ... d-hub.html


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:33 pm 
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The Novatec hubs weigh more (245g vs 211g) but have better DS flange spacing (18mm vs 16.5mm).


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:50 am 
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Where can I find chosen hubs? The ones on my Williams wheels have been great. Would like to build up some 32h wheels for gravel.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:43 am 
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My wheels are with Novatec hubs A291-SB-SL + F482SB-SL. I have had about 500kms on it, compared my previous Bitex hubs, I like novatec better. Very smoothing. From my experience, I vote cons to Novatec. :up:


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:20 am 
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If you have any weight to ya, or push any good torque I would steerclear of the novatec.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:09 pm 
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Hmm, no glowing endorsements for either - EDhub with ceramics, final answer?


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The Novatecs excellent.


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