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Machine Tech Hubs Hub

3.27/5 (60 Reviews)
MSRP : $310.00


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Machine Tec Hubs


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Phil

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2012

Strengths:    They look really beefy and cool

Weaknesses:    The flanges on both hubs broke in pretty light use. These things suck. Avoid them.

Bottom Line:   
Don't throw your money away

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2008

Strengths:    Silent, looks great, zero problems, and bearings stay very clean.

Bottom Line:   
Simply works. I have never had a problem with these hubs. I bought these used, and can't believe they cost so little. These things are like getting a Chris King hub on the cheap. After 10 years I am finally adding a small amount of Phil Wood tenacious oil.
As for those who broke wheels, it's how you had the wheels built, abused them, or you just had a fluke. I seriously think you would have broken an XTR hub.
If you want totally bombproof, then buck up and pay for Phil Wood.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   LX, DX, XT, Mavic, Chrono Metro

Bike Setup:   Full suspension carbon fiber Schwinn Sweet Spot designed by John Castellano

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2007

Strengths:    Silent, smooth

Bottom Line:   
Had my rear hub for 8+ years now and just had to replace cartridge bearings. No problems up until then, love the silent action. Other readers comment about using engine oil instead of grease is spot on, no slippage with oil. There is a small amount of lateral play but I think this is due to the clutch engagement machanism. When you step on the cogs, even lightly, the clutch engages and the play disappears. About to replace the rim with Mavic 717 as they have worn out.

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Favorite Trail:   Sherwood Pines forest Park, UK

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John "Schwinnski" a Weekend Warrior from Norman, Oklahoma

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2003

Strengths:    Bomb Proof, Looks, Hub is as big as a beer can!

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the front hub. I bought this set up 3 years ago when my Spin cracked. My LBS hooked me up for less than 50 dollars, and I've had zero problems.
Thanks Kevin.

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Favorite Trail:   NuDraper

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Al's (Norman)

Similar Products Used:   LX, SPIN

Bike Setup:   On a Mavic 217 SUP

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tony a Weekend Warrior from Bucks England

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2003

Strengths:    T30. Beautifully built tough hub

Weaknesses:    Not sealed enough for the U.K 7 & a bit noisey.

Bottom Line:   
Bought on a whim in 97 as it had sat in the display cabinet looking the dog's bolxxx for 2 years. I offered the shop owner about 1/2 the asking price and built it up on a Mavic rim.
It has been abused ever since and is still going strong although it now has a tiny bit of sideways freeplay.

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Favorite Trail:   Walse

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Heffs

Similar Products Used:   Machine tech, Hope.

Bike Setup:   Kona & Rocklobster Hardtails with XT gs, Marzocchi & R/S.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nic a Cross Country Rider from raleigh, nc, usa

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2003

Strengths:    strong and durable

Bottom Line:   
my machine tech front suspension hub is one of the few things i have not been able to break. in the 7 YEARS and ~5000 miles i have ridden this hub off road i have broken a white industries rear hub twice, 2 cranks, 2 seat posts, 2 rims, headset, and even cracked my litespeed frame. This hub has seen 2 forks come and go. i weigh 200 lbs and used the hub with 3x lacing, 32 hole, and butted spokes. if these guys are still in business im buying the disk version

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Favorite Trail:   centennial/rocky road

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2002

Strengths:    Front hub is bomb proof.

Weaknesses:    Rear hub slips a little, but it needs servicing. Which brings me to my biggest concern. Where do I get a tool that'll take that wretched lock ring off?

Bottom Line:   
Bummer about everyone's product support problems, guess I'll have to get a tool machined to take the rear hub to bits.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by wojo a Racer from philly

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2001

Bottom Line:   
i still road that hud even with the broken off flange and
risk it on some small tours last month, the soda can hub
broke again this morning. this time 8 spoke holes on the
right flange completely tore off like nobodys bussiness!
trust me everyone!!! get your butts off those hubs before
yee lose many teeth...

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Favorite Trail:   wiss

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   metropolis


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by wojo a Racer from philadelphia

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2001

Strengths:    nice and shinney!

Weaknesses:    weak flange

Bottom Line:   
i demand the best when i`m touring who know`s where. I need to depend on the equipment i buy. My front flange cracked taking two holes with it. THIS HUB SUCK`S!! STAY AWAY FROM
THIS PRODUCT-- MAD MOGOLIAN BIKER FROM PHILLY

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Favorite Trail:   wiss

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   metropolis bikes

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   cannondale touring w/40h phil in the back and 40h mtec inthe front, mainly used for long distance w/ heavy loads.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg a Racer from Boston MA

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2001

Strengths:    Light, easy to disassemble and repair

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Great Hub! Works fine, no problems, light and responcive!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $310.00

Similar Products Used:   Chris King

Bike Setup:   Klien Adriot

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Doug a Racer from Idaho

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Hint for everyone with a rear hub. Clean it out with WD-40 then lube it with motor oil. Do not use grease or a wax type lube. The hub has a roller clutch in it. Grease and wax type oils will bind up the bearings in the roller clutch, preventing it from engaging. If you just use motor oil, you'll have many years of life (I have 6 on 3 hubs). If you used grease and rode the crap out of them with the teeth slipping, your probably screwed. It helps to read the directions.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by steve a Cross Country Rider from washington dc

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2000

Strengths:    Silent,easy cleaning,good looks

Weaknesses:    Slips more than my grandma on ice, cost too much, and machine tech support sucks the biggest one.

Bottom Line:   
Machine tech provides the worst service,which is probably why ther are out of the bussiness. The owner, Bob, has a lot to learn about providing a quality product and good support and service. This hub has slipped so much on engagement that it can kill any hill climb or any holeshot.
It sounds like I'm breaking a gear when it slips.
I will say it stays pretty clean and looks nice, but so what. I will never buy another M-tech product. The biggest prob I had was with their zeroflex brakes. I was very patient with M-tech and they kept coming up with excuses. I asked for the owner because the guy was so rude and blamed it on me and my ride. Turns out I had been dealing with Bob, the owner the whole time. He even hung up on me and I never cursed or raised my voice. He just didn't know how to say my product sucks I will refund your money. He never even returned a certified letter I sent. I hope he goes bankrupt in all his future endeavors!
Buyer Beware

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Lx,Xt and Chris King

Bike Setup:   Gt Zaskar LE, Shimano XTR drivetrain, Mavic rims, Cooks cranks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from Elkhart, In

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2000

Strengths:    Light, Smooth, Colors

Weaknesses:    Dunno yet

Bottom Line:   
Got the front hub only.

Not a bad hub. Got it on closeout from the LBS a while back and it was an easy build. Put it on the wife's bike and it's smooth and trouble free. The way every bike part should be.

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Favorite Trail:   Still looking

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Alivio, XT, Nukeproof

Bike Setup:   Mongoose hardtail with some nicer bits

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Steve Boyd a Cross-Country Rider from New Brunswick , Canada

Date Reviewed: September 27, 1999

Strengths:    
Front hub very stiff


Weaknesses:    
Longevity of rear hub very poor


Bottom Line:   
Front hub still going strong on my hardtail but the T30 rear only lasted about a year.I hate to drool on independant companies but obviously they had repeated problems with rear hubs which may have been a deciding factor in their decision to get out of bike parts.Front hub still impressive though and that earns them three fried goat turds.

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Favorite Trail:   
Backyard Noonan

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Ringle,XTR,White Ind.


Bike Setup:   
Heckler,Judy 100,Race Face,Avid

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Doctor a Cross-Country Rider from Las Vegas, NV

Date Reviewed: September 23, 1999

Strengths:    
Stiffness, bearing seals are excellent, looks cool


Weaknesses:    
Rear hub slipping, heavier than many high $ hubs


Bottom Line:   
Front hub has been a winner. I will keep it for my second bike. Rear hub worked great for 2-3 years, but then started slipping on me. I thought it was the cogset/chain, so I replaced them, but LBS guy pinned it on the hub. It is absolutely unrideable now (it has sent me over the handlebars twice when it slipped during a high power climbing move), and I have no recourse with Machine Tech. I'm buying a set of Dave's Wheels for the new bike.

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Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
Ringle


Bike Setup:   
Proflex 855

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