Nuke Proof Hubs Hub

Nuke Proof Bombshell Hubs

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Mladek   Cross Country Rider [Oct 07, 2009]
Strength:

None

Weakness:

Unreliable

First ride the ratchet started slipping. Almost didn't make it out of the woods.

By far the worst bike component I have even had.

Similar Products Used: mavic
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Mark   Cross Country Rider [Mar 10, 2002]
Strength:

Light

Weakness:

Silly carbon wrap around the barrel. Cheap Chinese bearings. Questionable machining tolerances and build.

Throw out the bearings and get a set of NGK (Japanese) bearings to replace the horrific Chinese bearings these came with. Unfortunately, the Japanese bearings will set you back almost what you paid for the front hub and a significant portion of what you paid for the rear. Otherwise, have many sets available to swap. I haven't snapped the flanges off yet like one guy, but can see where the whole thing is coming apart at the seams. Get something that is forged or single piece unless you are really light weight. I have about 200 miles on the NGK bearings, but the whole hub is coming apart. If you are into durability and want to pull off wierd stunts or ride hard and aren't tiny, get some Phil Wood hubs and forget about them. After all, who cares about the weight of the hub? Phil Wood has these bearings.

Similar Products Used: XTR, King, Phil Wood
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Dave   Cross Country Rider [Oct 14, 2001]
Strength:

none

Weakness:

no quality control

In two years I went through 3 front hubs and 4 rear hubs.
Flanges breaking off the Carbon Fiber body. Flanges breaking, Cheap bearings that would come from the Factory dry, all 7 hubs came to me with bone dry bearings. So called pressed in bearings would fall out, lateral play in the hub because the flanges were so poorly milled. When the counter sink holes were drilled in the flanges groves were cut buy the drill dragging across the flanges. Cassette bodies failing.
Nukeproof would keep sending me hubs but would not give me my money back. Just about every 3 months something on the hubs would break. What a nightmare and a lot of excuses. They sent me a case of grease lots of tiny Allen wrenches and a T-shirt that became the joke of the local bike shop, Hey there's Dave and his Nukeproof the hubs suck T-shirt. I have NukeProof hubs in my basement that in all good conscience I can't sell or give away. I haven't broken any in 3 years and expect them to last forever in the bottom of my JUNK BOX!!
I now run Chris King hubs. They have served me flawlessly for 3 years. Not one problem, none.
Stay away from Nuke Junk.

Similar Products Used: Shimono and Chris King
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Jeff Krisel   Weekend Warrior [Jul 20, 1999]

Any old school Nuke Proof hub, identifiable by the high/low rear flange configuration, or the absence of a brass badge (there are exceptions), can be upgraded to the newer Bombshell style hubs at a minimal cost. Contact info is available at the website.

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David V   Cross-Country Rider [Jul 15, 1999]
Strength:

Notta. Well, I guess the thing was light. It's even lighter now that it's missing part of a flange. For sale, One broken Nuke Proof Hub.

Weakness:

The rings that keep the axle in place constantly came off. Fixed with a file and some locktite.2 weeks ago a flange broke. Replaced the bearings several times.

Front hub only. Purchased in '94.
Had problems from the get go. Warranty will not cover broken hub. I replaced it (and a Shimano Parallax in the back) with a KING set. bzzzzzzzzzzzz. I'll sting your puke proof ass if you don't move outta my way!

Similar Products Used: Shimano LX
Shimano Parallax
Chris King
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Christopher Smith   cross-country rider [Sep 21, 1998]

Well, I haven't had a problem with these until I fell off the top of a waterfall (only 5' but it sure sounds cool) and now my rear hub is all ass fuct up and doesn't spin freely. So now I have to send it back to Phat Tire ($38) and have them check it out. Really I guess it's a shimano problem since it's their piece of cockshit freehub. To hell with Shimano. Otherwise, good product, light and trick. Eat me raw Shimano.

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corbett   racer [Sep 18, 1998]

I have been running the NukeProof Titanium hubs for this whole season. I have them laced with Ti spokes on Mavic 517 rims. They are super light. I've race with them 8 times this year and I think that I have touch trued the back wheel once. These wheels end up being lighter than Crossmaxs and cost about 300 less. I'm super impressed. I would recommend them to anyone. You also get a lot of oohs and aahs from the other racers.

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tim   weekend warrior [Jul 18, 1997]

As a mechanic, I have serious problems with these expensive hubs. They use the smallest bearings available and are made to be hard to service. Even United Bicycle Tools is wondering what to supply for an allen wrench to remove the bearing collars (Tell suppliers: no allen screw smaller than 4mm has any place on a bike!)One of our customers' hubs developed a bearing squeak after 3 months and none of our local shops has been able to get the wrench to get it apart, including the guy who sold it to him. Stick with Phils.

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Marc   cross-country rider [Jul 11, 1997]

I've put 1200 off road miles on these hubs since January and haven't had any problems other than the spacers coming loose. Nothing an allen wrench and Loctite won't cure.

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J. Daniel   cross-country rider [Apr 03, 1996]



I first bought a set of Nuke-Proof hubs in 92. All my buddies told me horror stories about their buddies who used Nuke-Proof hubs and hated them. It was too late I had already ordered the set. If you ask me NUKE-Proof makes a good product. I've built up three sets of wheels with the same hubs, and only had to replace the bearings and the Shimano freewheel. Of course bearing and freewheel replacement is a little costly, but if you burn money on hubs you can burn some on upkeep. When the time came to buy another set of hubs I went with the old reliable nukeproof. This time I bought the Bombshell front and the New 8 speed rear (this was in 94). I built up the wheels and thought they looked and worked AWESOME; until my first race. There I was, hammering ahead of all my pals, when bit by bit it got harder to pedal. My compatriots started passing me, and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why I was slowing down. Then came that unmistakable sound of metal on metal. I looked down at my rear hub and to my surprise noticed the bonded aluminum flange had come loose from the carbon shell and popped the bearings and axle out. This is not a problem that resulted from my cycling style or abuse, but a design flaw. Once again the magical warranty came into play. Nuke-Proof sent me a new updated Bombshell rear that has an oversized shell and flange lip. This keeps that pesky bearing from popping out the side while you're pedaling (Ihate it when that happens). Of course I had to eat the cost of tearing down and rebuilding a lightweight wheel 2x and that pissed me off...a lot. But they replaced the part with a new trick lightiweight one. I'm now on my second season with these hubs and haven't even replaced the bearings yet. The new Atom bomb and Bombshell hubs are worth the $. They're light, reliable, and use shimano freewheels so you know your cassette won't embed itself like some other hubs have a tendancy to do. Pick 'em up at YOUR LOCAL BIKE SHOP today.

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