Back in the early ’90s square-taper bottom brackets didn’t just rule the roost in term of crank interface standard, it was the only crank interface standard, and if you wanted the best quality titanium axle bottom bracket you bought a titanium axle model from UK Ti miesters Royce.
Based on the South coast, Royce is a tiny operation turning out BBs and hubs so smooth and ef?cient that they were used by Chris Boardman (remember him?) for many of his most famous track records. With disc brakes everywhere Royce updated their non-disc hubs to include a set with international standard six-bolt pattern interface.
The rear has a Shimano pattern free hub, 32 holes in the mid-heightflanges and a mirror polished finish that you could use to apply make up.
Bearings are the finest quality Swiss made jobs and action is silky smooth and, thanks to excellent sealing, likely to stay that way for a long, long time. What you gain in performance you give away in terms of super light weight, the front hub weighs 216g and the rear 365g. Not lardy, just not feathery. Chuck ’em on a sturdy hard-hitting trail bike and you’ll be on the smoothest rolling hubs available. Royce can also slot the spoke holes for you if you’re going to use a bladed spoke like the Sapim CX-Ray.