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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 3:25 am 
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I am looking for a front hub 20H that is black to go with powertap.
Wheel builder offers DT240s, Alchemy ELF, I am not too excited about the choices.

Should I buy a BHS hub because I think they roll nice and work fine, even though it is not as pricey.


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 8:32 am 
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How much do you weigh and what sort of roads and riding do you do?

Elf is pretty damn light and builds a stiff wheel. It will be far more durable than a BHS hub.

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:05 am 
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^ I don't know why it would be more durable.

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:29 am 
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My feeling is for front hubs the differences in quality and durability are much smaller that for rear, so you might as well have an eye on your budget.

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:36 am 
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The bearings in the Bitex front hub are tiny and will not last very long.
The bearings don't appear to be too well shielded either.
I have a couple lying about the place and I can't bring myself to building wheels with them for these reasons.
(I like the rear hubs just fine)


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 5:03 pm 
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I am 160 lbs. I plan to build this 20 front zipp 101 wheel, but if I can't make up my mind, I will just buy the 18 front zipp factory wheel. At least the bearings are very good on the zipp hub, and it looks nice too, 2 year warranty, and the price is actually the same.

Since the Zipp 101 rim is heavy 2 less spokes shouldn't be a problem.

I don't have any problems with the bitex front hubs.. and I have also been riding on my Boyd wheels which I think is the same hub.


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 5:17 pm 
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please get yourself a Tune front hub. The one I have performs great. they need to be broken in a bit, but after that they just keep un spinning.

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 6:30 pm 
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Get the ELF. Nice and light, durable for me, and has good flange geo for a laterally stiff wheel. (No softness when climbing out of the saddle.)

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 7:09 pm 
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no concerns the tune or ELF hub flange might break?
since I ride some bumpy roads


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:50 am 
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At least in my experience, flanges on Tune hubs have been quite sturdy through at least the last couple generations.

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You should be Ok with the ELF or Tune MIg 70....I personally ride the MIg 70 and weight 190 lbs on a ENVE 45 20H with no problems

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