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So I have a set of "Ovation" hubs I got when I bought a Marin about 3 years ago. I've relaced them as the rims they came with were crap. But the hubs/freehub are still running strong and haven't shown any signs of skipping a beat. I no longer have the Marin but kept the wheels for my current bike. I figured I'd get a year of beating them up before they quit.

My last set of Shimano XT disc rear hubs died in 18 months - free hub seized. My Hugi hub lasted about 3 years as well. I do routine maintanence but I also am not gentle with my equipment and ride on average 4 times a week.

Are generic Taiwanese hubs getting better or do I need to start abusing my equipment more? Anyone else with good luck on OEM cheapo parts?

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Cheaper, heavier parts are made to last, not perform.

I can't discount the idea that cheap hubs are worth it in terms of maintainence free durability, but there's no making up for the lack of performance. When hubs don't spin smooth that's a lot of power coming from you to make up the difference.

If you don't really feel the need for performance--nothing wrong with that--then get the hubs that last.

On the other hand, I have to say that if your wearing out high end hubs despite maintaining them then you probably need to get a lesson on proper hub maintainence (sp?) and adjustment. If you're beating them to death then your simply on the wrong bike and should be shopping for a downhill or freeride bike rather than what you have now--which is apparently a cross-country bike.

There's nothing cool about destroying perfectly good equiptment that's not made to be disposable.

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Reek said:
So I have a set of "Ovation" hubs I got when I bought a Marin about 3 years ago. I've relaced them as the rims they came with were crap. But the hubs/freehub are still running strong and haven't shown any signs of skipping a beat. I no longer have the Marin but kept the wheels for my current bike. I figured I'd get a year of beating them up before they quit.

My last set of Shimano XT disc rear hubs died in 18 months - free hub seized. My Hugi hub lasted about 3 years as well. I do routine maintanence but I also am not gentle with my equipment and ride on average 4 times a week.

Are generic Taiwanese hubs getting better or do I need to start abusing my equipment more? Anyone else with good luck on OEM cheapo parts?

REEK
While I do believe that the OEM parts are getting a lot better, high quality hubs should last a long time. XT should be BOMBPROOF, but maybe you just got unlucky on 2 sets of hubs. As far as the OEM thing goes, a lot of good stuff still goes into them, and if you don't mind a weight penalty, the lack of a cool name on your wheels, and if you are having good luck with them, stick with them.
 

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You need to feel a crappy hub and then a sweet hub like a King or Campy. There is deffinatley a noticable difference. Nice hubs spin so much smoother than the crappy ones. They also last longer (usually).
 

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Acme54321 said:
You need to feel a crappy hub and then a sweet hub like a King or Campy. There is deffinatley a noticable difference. Nice hubs spin so much smoother than the crappy ones. They also last longer (usually).
I have LX hubs and they spin pretty good. Better then the kings my friend and I own...
*waits to see all the king'rs jump up and prove me wrong* :rolleyes:
 
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