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Pulstar Pulstar Hub

3.36/5 (11 Reviews)


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Pulstar


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sebastian a Cross Country Rider from Karlsruhe, Germany

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2003

Strengths:    I had my wheels made by a sophisticated local wheelbuilder about 8 years ago. Since then they had not to be trued one single time.

Weaknesses:    The nuts on the rear axle went loose frequently until In had an extra washer added. The free hub sometimes "jumps one cam" with a loud "click".

Bottom Line:   
What really impresses my is how few maintainance the wheels need (so far none at all). I used to have wheels that looked like potato chips after only a few years.

DT spokes are very common in Germany since they're from Switzerland.

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Favorite Trail:   Blackforest

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT (rear), Shogun (front)

Bike Setup:   GT Terramoto custom build

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ryder drumm a Cross Country Rider from pasadena, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2002

Strengths:    straight spokes are more rigid and i had a limited run 24 spoke hub front and 32 rear. they only go out of true when the nipples get loose from big hits which you dont see too often in xc. if you tighten them up every couple hundred miles they are great and will treat you well. the ride is also really plush and they accelerate quickly. the bearings have been cleaned after every race and have held up fine, they look like new.

Weaknesses:    not made anymore and i know everybody complains about the spokes being expensize since they are dt hugi but thats what you get when you have something original like the first straight pull hub. if you notice mavic and shimano now both make straight pull wheelsets.

Bottom Line:   
personal preference, if you take care of your bike like i do you love them, i you want to put them on and forget about them then these are not for you. they look great, ride great, straight spokes are rigid but forgiving on big stuff at the expense of the opposite spokes coming loose sometimes.

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Favorite Trail:   angeles crest fire trails

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   wheel world in anaheim

Similar Products Used:   shimano xtr on mavix rims

Bike Setup:   foes fab fxc, full xtr and fox front and rear

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Ottawa

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2001

Strengths:    Durability, quality, looks.

Weaknesses:    ...special spokes which are hard to get, building the wheel is cumbersome.

Bottom Line:   
...definately worth the money, never had a problem with it considering I don't actually pamper my bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   ..ad is for a front hub only

Similar Products Used:   brubz, shimano XT, shimano LX

Bike Setup:   custom made True North frame with various type of components.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kelly Covington a Cross Country Rider from Brooklyn NY

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2001

Strengths:    looks good as hell, very reliable.i'm 210 pound hard riding and only had to true wheel twice..if built by person with skill..

Weaknesses:    rare parts(spokes & Free hub body)

Bottom Line:   
if purchased, hope ya baught spare parts ta' boot!!

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Favorite Trail:   lake minawaska..(ny)

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   bicycle rennasance

Similar Products Used:   ringle' & xt

Bike Setup:   jamis dakota mix of xt & xtr

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by george from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2000

Strengths:    cool looks, reliable,

Weaknesses:    uses special order spokes, no longer available

Bottom Line:   
In three years of hard riding at lest two or three times a week these hubs have performed without a problem. Ive had the rear wheel trued three times and the rims are just about shot, but this is just as as result of normal wear and tear and not due to the hubs.
The people who were having problems with the wheels staying true probably had their wheels built by a less than competent builder. That has a lot more to do with a wheel staying true than the hub does.
All this is probably pointless though since the hus are no longer available unless you can find a shop that has had a set sitting around for a couple years.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Mission Cyclery

Bike Setup:   AMP, X-Vert Super, Mostly XT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jason a Cross Country Rider from mo

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2000

Strengths:    light
Interesting idea, but does not work well. The idea of straight-pull is good, no bend in the spoke to
break. But this allows for the spokes to twist as they move to the non-pressure side of the rolling
wheel, and they loosen over time. This has cost me two rims due to uneven spoke tension. Plus
spokes are almost impossible to find, and if you do, they cost you super high $ for simple straight
guage. Get anything else.


Weaknesses:    stupid straight-pull spokes

Bottom Line:   
Interesting idea, but does not work well. The idea of straight-pull is good, no bend in the spoke to break. But this allows for the spokes to twist as they move to the non-pressure side of the rolling wheel, and they loosen over time. This has cost me two rims due to uneven spoke tension. Plus spokes are almost impossible to find, and if you do, they cost you super high $ - for simple straight guage. Get anything else.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   LX, XT

Bike Setup:   Cannondale CAAD3, Fatty SL, XT stuff, Grip Shift Attack

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from mo

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2000

Strengths:    light

Weaknesses:    stupid straight-pull spokes

Bottom Line:   
Interesting idea, but does not work well. The idea of straight-pull is good, no bend in the spoke to break. But this allows for the spokes to twist as they move to the non-pressure side of the rolling wheel, and they loosen over time. This has cost me two rims due to uneven spoke tension. Plus spokes are almost impossible to find, and if you do, they cost you super high $ for simple straight guage. Get anything else.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   LX, XT

Bike Setup:   Cannondale CAAD3, Fatty SL, XT stuff, Grip Shift Attack

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Bingham a Cross Country Rider from Seattle

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2000

Strengths:    Best Hubs that I have ever owned.
10,000+ miles and still rolling strong.
The straight-pull spokes build up a bombproof wheelset. I love to ride up/down stairs on these hubs built up on ceramic rims.

* hint * don't over-tighten your spokes & they won't pull out of your rim !


Weaknesses:    The original '93 rear hub cassette tore out after 1,000 miles & were replaced immediately - including rebuilding my wheel - for free, by Pulstar.



Bottom Line:   
These hubs rule. I had to build up a new wheelset after crunching my front wheel & this required a special order of the DT spokes. The front/rear wheel use the same sized spokes - so I ordered a box of each size, enough to build 4 complete wheels.

After 10,000 miles they are still rolling strong (had to replace the rear at 1,000 miles). I never grease the sealed bearings, replaced the front bearings after the 3rd wheel & 9,500 miles.

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Favorite Trail:   any dirt trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, XT, Ringle

Bike Setup:   '94 ParkPre, Manitou 3, XTR V-brakes, Mavic 217 ceramic rims

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from London, Ontario

Date Reviewed: July 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Hasn't fallen appart


Weaknesses:    
Never stays in true, and I've had several different people true the things


Bottom Line:   
These hubs suck, the spokes are a total paain in the ass if they break, not only because they're hard to find but to get them on you have to be a spoke contorsionist. This is by far the most frustrating bike product I have ever owned! Thank god they don't make'em anymore, now I know why

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Favorite Trail:   
Kains Road

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year


Overall Rating:1
Submitted by jim a Cross-Country Rider from alamogordo,nm

Date Reviewed: April 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Looks cool.


Weaknesses:    
The straight pull spokes keep breaking on the rear wheel (not the front. The spokes are hard to find. I finally junked the wheel and bought a Swami with XT hub. The front hub is finally worn out (cone and races)after three years.


Bottom Line:   
I won't touch these hubs again. Looks aren't important.

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Favorite Trail:   
slickrock

Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
XTR, XT


Bike Setup:   
The hubs came on my 95 Mt Fuji SX with a Manitou 4 fork. I weigh 185 and ride some rough terrain.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Diogo Bellas a Cross-Country Rider from Miami

Date Reviewed: March 28, 1999

Strengths:    
They are better than XTR lilht and roll much than a baby.


Weaknesses:    
Don't have.


Bottom Line:   
Unkown.

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Favorite Trail:   
I don't Know

Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
Don't Have


Bike Setup:   
A easton trek 7000 whith JudySL 97 and XTR group.

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Pulstar spokes

I am doing the yearly cleaning out of the shop and found some new spokes that are labeled for pulstars. They are straight pull and looks to be about 3 or 4 different lengths. If anyone has any need for a a handful to get an old wheel back on the road shoot me a PM and I will mail a few out. If yo ... Read More »

Spoke lengths for Pulstar hubs

Ive aquired a NOS set of Pulstar 32 hole hubs, that I'm gonna use for a "vintage" wheelset, just for laughs. Like these: [url]http://www.bikepro.com/products/hubs/hubs_pulstar.html[/url] Does anyone know how to calculate spoke lengths for these hubs? Can I use ordinary Sapim Laser straight ... Read More »

Where to get some spokes for Pulstar hubs???

Can anyone here help me out? I'm looking for some spokes for a rear Pulstar hub. 8spd. Want to lace it up to a Sun CR16 rim (also, sorry for the lack of knowledge on my part, but Rim ERD is unknown as well... ??). Any tips, info, or help here is much appreciated! :thumbsup: Thanks.Read More »

Pulstar Hub

I have an old pulstar rear hub that im trying to rebuild. The problem Im having is that when I took the part of the cassette slides on the bearings fell out. My question is do I have to replace just that part with the same piece or will any piece from a diffrent hub work since pulstar hubs aren't th ... Read More »

Servicing Pulstar rear hub

I've got a set of Pulstar hubs that are 12 years old and have never greased the rear bearings. Do I need special tools?Read More »

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