Cup & Cone Hubs/Sealed Bearing Hubs

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Cup & Cone Hubs/Sealed Bearing Hubs

Postby mikeyj28 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:42 am

Hi All

I am buying a wheel but just want to ask how good is the XT hub? It is a cup & cone & i will be using it for XC riding & no major downhill stuff or mad drop offs etc.

Would i be ok with this or is longevity not very good?

Thoughts on sealed bearing hubs please? I don't have a huge budget so can't really afford £150+ on a hub.

Thanks

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Postby supersonic » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:45 am

Sealed bearing: I take it you mean cartridge bearings - XT hubs are sealed too.

All XT hubs are sealed and adjustable cup and cone. Fine for XC duties, and more.

Superstar do some cheap cartridge hubs though.

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Postby mikeyj28 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:48 am

supersonic wrote:Sealed bearing: I take it you mean cartridge bearings - XT hubs are sealed too.

All XT hubs are sealed and adjustable cup and cone. Fine for XC duties, and more.


Yes sorry i mean cartridge bearings. I think i shall go for the XTc cup & cones. Any thoughts on maintaining them to keep them in half decent nick? I am a bit low on the tool front and would buy a tool if it meant a good service.

Thanks for your help

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Postby bike-a-swan » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:49 am

Seems to come down to personal preference, really. Enough people ride both to suggest that they're both very fit for purpose. I have xt, I quite like servicing cup and cones, but it wouldn't stop me buying cartridge.
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Postby supersonic » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:50 am

They sometimes need regreasing from new - you need a set of cone spanners.

Park tools has a guide on stripping and adjusting.

With care they last a long long time.

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Postby mikeyj28 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:51 am

Superb. I shall be placing my XT hub order right away.

Thanks guys


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