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so i see that there's a company that builds "high end" wheels, but doesn't stock a hub to fit the lefty awesomeness. so where does one find a decent aftermarket hub to custom build wheels??!! google only pulls up articles from y2k and i'm not taking my current wheels apart just for the stupid hub
 

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supercocker45 said:
i'm not taking my current wheels apart just for the stupid hub
Unless you want a Mavic, or Industry 9 wheelset, your stupid hub is a good as any other. It's a shell, that holds bearings, nothing more. I think there's some blingy ones on eBay at the moment, and Woodman makes some, but unless you need 36 holes, they are all more expensive, and offer no tangible benefit.
 

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dang. what percentage of the mountain biking community have lefty's??? curious why it hasn't been embraced more by shimano, king, etc
 

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dang. what percentage of the mountain biking community have lefty's??? curious why it hasn't been embraced more by shimano, king, etc

No idea on percentage, but who cares? It's a front hub, it does nothing beyond spin.....

If you simply must upgrade? Ceramic bearings:thumbsup:
 

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the stock/oem front lefty hub is great. i9 has a straight pull spoke design that buids into a very nice/$$$/light wheel. i think they were thinking about doing a j-bend lefty hub, but that was a long time back.

i just built wheel with a lefty hub and it came out great....love the bontrager tlr system, makes for a bombproof tubeless set up. the front hub is great too. it is cheap, light and does what it's suppose to. not available in bing colors, but you can buy a few and have a batch anodized. ;) the woodman is probably a nice hub, but it costs more and i think it is heavier than the oem lefty hub.

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my only heartburn was that normally oem stuff is like shimano's "deore" class, just heavy and clunky. but i dont know a ton about the stock lefty hub, so might just do a ceramic upgrade and call it a day if its not bad. not looking for any "blingy" quite the contrary actually.
 

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my only heartburn was that normally oem stuff is like shimano's "deore" class, just heavy and clunky.
The lefty hub that comes on the lowest level bike with a lefty is the exact same one that people order from Cannondale to build lightweight wheels. NoTubes.com makes the sub 1210g ZTR Race wheelset with that hub, and those hubs are not modified at all.
 

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the stock/oem front lefty hub is great. i9 has a straight pull spoke design that buids into a very nice/$$$/light wheel. i think they were thinking about doing a j-bend lefty hub, but that was a long time back.

i just built wheel with a lefty hub and it came out great....love the bontrager tlr system, makes for a bombproof tubeless set up. the front hub is great too. it is cheap, light and does what it's suppose to. not available in bing colors, but you can buy a few and have a batch anodized. ;) the woodman is probably a nice hub, but it costs more and i think it is heavier than the oem lefty hub.
Those white spokes look f*cking awesome.
 

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I've also heard from various sources that at one time the lefty hubs were made by DT Swiss for c'dale. Either way its by far the best option, although I like the symetrical design of the Woodman.
 

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I've also heard from various sources that at one time the lefty hubs were made by DT Swiss for c'dale. Either way its by far the best option, although I like the symetrical design of the Woodman.
My only beef with Woodman is the weight, we laced up a customers earlier this summer, and I stuck it on the scale, it was a whopping 196g. The stock lefty hub is somewhere around 115g-117g.
 

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My only beef with Woodman is the weight, we laced up a customers earlier this summer, and I stuck it on the scale, it was a whopping 196g. The stock lefty hub is somewhere around 115g-117g.
I wonder if you had the beefy XL version of the hub. I got to weight a standard Woodman a few weeks ago and it was 165gms on the nose.
 

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The only reason for going with a non-Cannondale Lefty front hub is to get something with more or less than 32 holes.
 

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I just had a 650B wheel built up on a Woodman hub, and for $60, it is really nice. I think it was around 160g, but it's not as important as a light rim or tire.
 

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Don't forget to mention the top notch "Kohosis" Lefty hub........they're soooo.... lightweight, inexpensive and come in many different colors ;)
 
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