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Shimano Saint Rear Hub Hub

3.67/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $149.49


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Product Description

Saint uses a solid 10mm rear axle, which add stiffness to the front and rear of your ride.


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by chris G a Downhiller from Merritt

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2007

Strengths:    strong hubs and work excellent with the derailleur.

Weaknesses:    If you buy the hubs you have to get the specific disc that only works with specific barkes.

Bottom Line:   
If you buy it you'd better have alot of money.

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Favorite Trail:   dirt merchant

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   the regular shimano hub

Bike Setup:   04 stinky

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Marcus a Downhiller from Truckee CA

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2007

Strengths:    Burly and super stiff. No bent dérailleurs or hangers with this hub!

Weaknesses:    Takes a while to get used to the derailleur mounting directly on to the hub axle.

Bottom Line:   
Product exactly as advertised. I have ridden hard all last season at Mammoth and this season at Northstar, probably 60 days in all of DH riding and have had NO issues with this Hub.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   There are none so far(1 1/2 seasons).

Bike Setup:   04 IH SGS Pro DH, Mavic ex729 rims laced to these saint hubs.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by b15mo a Weekend Warrior from Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff. High quality. Looks good.

Weaknesses:    Cup & Cone bearings, Replacement Parts not available in Indonesia. Not as tough as expected, although front hub and other shimano Saint components in my bike are still going strong.

Bottom Line:   
Works well for 1 year. Then the bearings started to break. Rodalink indonesia only sell, don't back the product. They don't even have the special tools to open the nuts!!!! Let alone the cups, cones and bearings.

I modify the hub and put sealed cartridge bearings instead. Cheap to replace and readily available.
Please check http://bismo.blogs.friendster.com/my_blog/2006/07/modifikasi_rear.html

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Favorite Trail:   Jayagiri II

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   Rodalink

Similar Products Used:   Deore, XT, Funn, Stout, Hone.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Bighit FSR DH'02, Marzocchi 66VF 170, Saint everything (except shifter & sram chain), e-13 bash, Truvativ Shiftguide & Handlebar, Thomson + WTB PowerV seat, MAG30, ODIs, Funn stem, Etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex Catts a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2006

Strengths:    Price, simplicity, strength

Weaknesses:    not sealed, shimano claims this is a stornger set up as it does not allow microscopic misallignments in the interface between cones and bearings to concentrate forces on one point causing the hub to fail. i think this is just an old habit as shimano have never caught on that in the real world sealed bearings are better.

Bottom Line:   
decent inexpensive hub.
DON'T BELIEVE WHAT SHIMANO SAYS ABOUT HAVING TO USE SAINT MECH! any 10 mm bolt up axle will work (eg. Hadley) and centrelock rotors can still be used with other brakes so long as the adapter suits the rotor diameter.

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Favorite Trail:   five dock bowl

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Burwood Cycleworld

Similar Products Used:   hadley (always the best), deore, ringle, hope, wtb

Bike Setup:   orange hitman w/shermans, sic bar and stem, fsa seatpost, holzfeller cranks, X-O mech and shifter

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chance McCabe a Downhiller from Bellingham, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2005

Strengths:    Everything about but the best? The NOISE its a sick sounding hub. not too loud (if there is such a thing) not too quiet.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Worth it

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Favorite Trail:   dirt merchant

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Jacks Bicycle center

Similar Products Used:   deore hub

Bike Setup:   Stinky primo with syncros ris and all saint with a super T

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Isaac Guerrero a Weekend Warrior from Arlington, VA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2005

Strengths:    Not sure

Weaknesses:    Not all it was advertised to be

Bottom Line:   
The rim is awesome, not bend, dings, or anything that would justify the hub failure. I posted a review on this hub a year ago. But then it was the cone and cups which came apart. The cone and cups came apart once more since then, and now the hub has broken off a the cassette. If you want to see some pictures, check out the link below.
http://www.pinkbike.com/modules/photo/?op=view&image=581785
http://www.pinkbike.com/modules/photo/?op=view&image=581786

A picture is worth a 1000 words.

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Favorite Trail:   Fountain Head

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Complete Saint Heckler

Similar Products Used:   Sun ringle, Mavic Deemax

Bike Setup:   Heckler Saint, wheel is built aroud a 729 rim, and DT swiss spokes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mr.ED a Weekend Warrior from Montréal,Qc

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2005

Strengths:    Everything is servicable and replaceble.

Weaknesses:    #1 ,Shimano doesn't specify that the rear hub has to be adjusted in a (very) special way!I sold three full SAINT bikes last year (one of them is mine).2 failed,the third one rides on fire roads.But the first 2 have had 2free hub replacement each(warranty).Shimano said the hubs were too tight.You should feel a bit of play when the wheel is in your hands and when your wheel is half torqed on the frame the wheel should wooble(??)and at the end when the tool cliks the slack will dissapear.(you may have to repeat your hub play adjustement a few times to figure it out so do all this before putting the rotor on,should save you a bit of time if your a shop mechanic.)#2 is that you need specific tools for this and you should do this before the bike is out of the shop because the hub will be too tight.I was a bit dissapointed but was a learning experience for myself and like any high end stuff there's always a price to pay to keep it going.

Bottom Line:   
It's still the best group for what I like to do and will sell it again and again.But this time around you can bet they won't fail,mine hasn't since. P.S. to Shimano service centers it's not cool when you blame shop mecanics for your problems and then we figure it out for you.Get it?

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   ? is there one??

Bike Setup:   '04 DEVINCI "BANZAI"

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Isaac Guerrero a Weekend Warrior from Springfield

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2004

Strengths:    Keep the spokes in place, only brakes down after 4-5 months. Does not make too much noise

Weaknesses:    Cone, cups and bearing suck.

Bottom Line:   
Go with something else, Saint is not all it's supposed to be. Their hub is weak. I mostly ride trails, and downhill, and I don't mind hitting the a 3-4 ft drop, but by no stretch of the imagination am I riding anything that's even compares to the Shore. If Shimano says that these hubs are supposed to with stand anything, then why after only 4-5 months is my local bike shop charging me $80 to replace the cone, cups, and bearings. Then I had to take my bike back after only three rides becasue the hub had bacame loose again. The brakes are okay, and the crank is very strong, and the front hub has been solid, but the rear hub has not performed too well, so I am giving it 3 chilies. If you do your own maintance the get the Saint group, but if your like me, a guy who loves to ride but barely finds enough time to ride, much less do repairs on his bike, go with something else that will be more reliable. I hear Chris King makes a pretty good hub.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Lane

Similar Products Used:   Some cheap hubs that came stock on my Giant Iguana, at least those hubs never busted.

Bike Setup:   Heackler 04, z1 Fr, with saint set up

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Downhiller from Reno, NV

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2004

Strengths:    super smooth and strong. the hub engages almost instanly as you crank on the pedals. nice and stiff. a seriously beefy hub.

Weaknesses:    only the fact that you must use the brakes with the hubs as well as the rear derailleur.

Bottom Line:   
This hub is awesome. With the through axel in the rear, it is really stiff and strong. There is almost no slack in pedaling. This is perfect for trials riding. The rear derailleur mount is a sweet touch. You cannot go wrong with this hub. It might discourage you that only the saint hubs work with their brakes and derailleur. Don't let it. Save up the extra and get the SAINT. You will never regret it.

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Favorite Trail:   anything going down

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   cambriabike.com

Bike Setup:   2002 Rocky Mountain RM9 with Mavic D321 rims, panaracer FR 2.4 tires, saint hubs brakes and derailleur, ird black lightning chain and cassette, mr dirt chain guide, XT levers and shifter, race face cranks bottom bracket handlebars and seatpost, azonic seat and pedals and a marzocchi super t pro up front.

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