So... sort of a ramble but I'd really just like to invite anyone with experience with the hub in the last ten years to chime in with their thoughts/experiences.
In the meantime I thought I'd share my own experiences as they evolve on my new IGH - a X-RK8 8-speed disk brake SA hub. For those...
'05 Marzocchi MX Pro ETA 105mm fork, Stratos Helix Expert shock and new WTB Momemtum headset. Otherwise all stock: XT rear derailleur, LX: front derailleur, 8-speed shifters, crankset and rear hub, WTB Momentum front hub, Avid AD 1.9L levers and SD 2.0 V-Brakes, Titec stem, post and Hellbent bar.
'02 Marzocchi Marathon S 85mm fork, Stratos Helix Pro shock, SRAM 9.0 8-Spd Shifters, Rear Derailleur and Levers, XTR V-Brakes, XT hubs with X517 rims, Thomson post and stem (stem not in this photo), Club Roost Go Fast bar. Stock STX-RC front derailleur and crankset. 4.25" rear travel. Chai