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Shimano Deore FH-M535 Hub

2.5/5 (6 Reviews)

Product Description

  • IMproved sealing system
  • Cup & Cone bearing
  • Smooth rolling
  • 32H/36H

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by umarth a Weekend Warrior from Eugene, Or

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2011

Strengths:    They attach to rims.

Weaknesses:    Run rough, wear easily, parts are hard to find.

Bottom Line:   
Save money and buy the next step up. Get some XT hubs or something. I took in the wheel because the hub was turning like crap, a month later, the wheel turns like crap. I have had three wheelsets with these hubs and it is the same continued problem.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   XT/Formula

Bike Setup:   SS

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by twoxstreem a Weekend Warrior from Twoxstreem

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2011

Strengths:    Inexpensive

Weaknesses:    poor design, weatherproofing

Bottom Line:   
I replaced the factory specialized hub with the Deore after the factory hub bit it. After 6 months and a few winter rides it started clicking (broken bearing and engagement points) I rode it until complete failure about 3 miles later. I replaced the internals/freewheel and it froze again 1/4 mile into the ride.

This hub is not made for anything more than carriage road rides.

I am replacing with the Deore XT today to get back out but I have a feeling I will be going with chris kane or I9 soon.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Specialized hubs

Bike Setup:   08 Enduro SL

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Farmer Ted a Cross Country Rider from Fort Collins, CO

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2010

Strengths:    cheap, serviceable

Weaknesses:    Freehub body, factory grease

Bottom Line:   
These came on my 29er and are probably the low point of the spec on this bike. They're really not that bad of a hub but I had the freehub body blow up on me in the middle of a race and I also noticed that the hub started to sound like a cement mixer after 100 miles.

There's barely any grease in the hub from the factory so an overhaul with some good grease fixed that. A new freehub body was $40 and the new one works but for how long? It doesn't seem that there's an upgraded freehub available for this style of Shimano hub. Once 'rebuilt' with the new freehub and Finish Line grease, the hub spins really smooth and is nice and quiet again. Hopefully it will last a while.

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Favorite Trail:   dirt and rock

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came on Bike

Similar Products Used:   you name it!

Bike Setup:   29er hardtail

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jean-Philippe a Cross Country Rider from Rotorua, NZ

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2009

Strengths:    Easy to find second hand spare parts, relatively easy to service

Weaknesses:    Sealing, freehub body

Bottom Line:   
The sealing on the drive side seem to be inefficient. During winter, I need to service it really often to clean the bearings and add new grease.
Recently (after 7 months), my freehub started to make a bad noise and was not freewheeling properly. I had to change it (that was cheap, I found second hand parts).
I don't think it's reliable for intense winter riding (I ride nearly every day) but probably ok in better conditions.

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Favorite Trail:   Hot X Bun in Rotorua

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC2 2008

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GrampBredo a Weekend Warrior from Somewhere, CT, US

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2009

Strengths:    Simple, fairly reliable, easily fixable.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, lousy engagement action, finicky bearings.

Bottom Line:   
Performance wise, this could never even compare to a nicer hub, in exemplar Chris King, Industry 9, DT Swiss. But, for the price it's good. I got mine used, at about 7 years old the freehub died. Replaced that, and it still rolls fairly well. Recommendation: entry level bike or a budget project bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Killington

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Hand-me-down

Similar Products Used:   FH-M475.

Bike Setup:   Kona Coiler 2x1, with a Yess ETR-V tensioner. Big brakes, big fork, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steven Chebba a Cross Country Rider from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2009

Strengths:    Seemingly maintenance-free, long enduring.

Weaknesses:    for a pro-rider or anyone who is against gravity the obvious issue would be its heavier weight when compared to expensive hubs.

Bottom Line:   
Considering the price, this is a great hub, and if you find axle overhauls not worth the trouble then this is especially something to consider, it can survive quite a while and any problems that arise avoid the overhaul and the hassle just toss it and buy a new one.

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Favorite Trail:   street

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Larry's cycle shop

Similar Products Used:   non-disc LX hubs from the 90's.

Bike Setup:   came with my GT avalanche 1.0-2006.

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