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This is partly for a buying need and partly for fun, but if you had to pick out a 9 spd rear hub, but couldn't get the popular King, Hope, Hadley, DT, or Shimano hub...what would you get?

I am curious as to what cheaper hubs people have had good experiences with.

***Extra credit: Best engagement rear hub under $200?***
 

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probably white industries, cause theyre around 200 for a rear hub i think. but since i have the option, it has to be king
 

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i was thinking i9 but they have proprietary stuff which scares me away from them- and they cost a fortune. hopes are nice as well, kinda remind me of colorful dt hubs. but both of them cost a bit more than the white industries
 

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I own 4 set of i9s 2 of the set going on year 4 no problems. have them set up both 3 and 6 degree. Durability is not an issue. They also offer the classic model with conventional spoke, but really what's the point.
 

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skeem said:
i was thinking i9 but they have proprietary stuff which scares me away from them- and they cost a fortune. hopes are nice as well, kinda remind me of colorful dt hubs. but both of them cost a bit more than the white industries
I9 does standard flange hubs too, but I've got 4 seasons of riding in the rockies on mine and only bent 1 spoke (I realize luck is a factor in this). Google Mitch Chubey, saw him at Goatstyle and he's been running the same set for more than a season of dirtjumping, and a lot of those guys wreck a set or two of wheels at every contest...
 

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ElbowScabs said:
This is partly for a buying need and partly for fun, but if you had to pick out a 8/9 spd rear hub, but couldn't get the popular King, Hope, Hadley, DT, or Shimano hub...what would you get?
No takers on the first question yet?
 

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It would depend on application.

Excluding King, Hope, Hadley, DT, and Shimano, I would go with American Classic if weight was the primary consideration.

On the other hand, I'd go with I-9 if weight were not paramount, and budget wasn't an issue.
 

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skeem said:
probably white industries, cause theyre around 200 for a rear hub i think. but since i have the option, it has to be king
I have never been disappointed with my White Industries product and my area's most senior wheel builder and one of the oldest shops says he's never had a bad experience with the company.

The White hubs are 15 mm and make for stiffer axle and fork if you have old school dropouts and they convert to the Fox standard.

My age may show on this but I also like their option for polished metal.

I have the ti spline model with DT 5.1D hand built wheels and I am completely happy.
 

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Ooh, White Industries - good call. +1 on that option too.
 

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I think Shimano XT is a good answer to the OP's question. Not sure why you would exclude Shimano and group them in with the expensive, high-end stuff when the latest XT hub can be had for <$80 and has 36pt engagement. Definitely falls in the "cheaper hubs people have had good experiences with" category
 

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mtnbiker72 said:
American Classic are fairly nice and affordable (not to mention light), I like their new FH Bodies too with the steel splines to keep cassettes from digging into the aluminum
I have a set of the WTB Laserdisc Lite(rear), and Superduty(front 20mm)

I got them used from Enel for $150 laced up to flows, and they work just fine. The freehub just stripped out, but hard to say just how worn they were when I bought them, as I just installed them and rode.

They were stupid easy to service though. Cost me $45 for new freehub body, and pawl rotator plate, but it was reallly easy to replace, and I think it should last pretty well with 6 pawls engaging at once.:thumbsup:

Like mtnbiker72 stated, my new freehub body came with the steel splines built into it, so it should help especially since I am using a 12-36 cassette on it. This wheelset is now going on my girlfriends Behemoth, since I ordered a 36 hole Hadley/Flow wheelset for mine.:D
 
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