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So I just got my new rear hub. I was playing around with the engagement points (gonna go from 16 to 48 :D :D ) Interesting sounds it makes.

But when I held the hub by the spindle (as if it were on a frame), I found the rotation of the hub to have a lot of drag? Is this just because I don't have the rotation mass of a wheel?

Is this typical? Does it need to be broken in? Should I take it apart and regrease before using?

Please help out a newb. I'm a good rider. But new to wrenching my bike.
 

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traffic002 said:
So I just got my new rear hub. I was playing around with the engagement points (gonna go from 16 to 48 :D :D ) Interesting sounds it makes.

But when I held the hub by the spindle (as if it were on a frame), I found the rotation of the hub to have a lot of drag? Is this just because I don't have the rotation mass of a wheel?

Is this typical? Does it need to be broken in? Should I take it apart and regrease before using?

Please help out a newb. I'm a good rider. But new to wrenching my bike.
Yes, any bare hub will feel surprisingly draggy in your hand. The momentum of the wheel does change it a lot, and even more so when you are riding and coasting with even more momentum.

Have you ever had the opportunity to try spinning a car hub in your hand? You will wonder how cars could ever drive, let alone get decent gas mileage.
 

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Sweet! Thanks for all the good responses.

Can't wait to lace up the rear wheel with this new hub. My only gripe about my Monocog Flight is the lack of POE. Tough(er) to do pedal kicks and such with only 16 POE.
 

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Hope SS hubs are a good value. Most complaints revolve around the noise - which you'll become accustomed to. I've got about 2000+ miles on the two hubs I've used - never let me down.
 

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I have a pretty noisy hub on my road bike. So I think I can live with that.

Yeah, all the reviews I've read were positive with the only potential negative being noise.

We shall see. Hoping to rebuild my 'Cog wheel this weekend.
 

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also note, hubs are designed to work best when laced to a rim. the forces on the hub change everything. king actually offers slightly oversized bearings for just that reason, lace the wheel and the hub opens up a bit.
 

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Well, rebuilt the 'Cog's wheel with the Hope hubs. I kinda rushed it the build a bit since I was running out of time (full time job, 2 kids, trying to get ready for tomorrow morning's ride). Well, it's close enough until I can spend a little time on it after the ride.

The sound seems acceptable to me. Very similar to my road hub.
 

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rushing the wheels might not be a good idea, wheels arnt very strong unless they are tensioned correctly and true and all that...
 

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Yep, Kings feel the same way.

You want a hub that spins freely get and old cup and cone shimano hub, take it apart and thoroughly clean all the grease out of it and then put it back together with nothing but some 10W40. :D Don't expect it to last though. :skep:
 

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rushing the wheels might not be a good idea, wheels arnt very strong unless they are tensioned correctly and true and all that...
Dish is even. Tension is just about right. Radial true is very good. There was a hair lateral that I just didn't get as good as I thought I could.
 

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I have the Hope Pro II on my monocog 29er and they are great. The noise is amazing to, would want it any other way. My buddy's know if the can't hear them buzzing they might want to start pedaling faster
 

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So one good ride on the rebuilt wheel and it is all that. The sound is actually quite pleasing to me. Some may find them a bit noisy. But they are actually similar to my road wheels if not quietter. Except with twice the engagement points, the Hope sounds better.

I have to retrain my muscles to not have to back-pedal as far to get a pedal kick. No need to account for extra slop in the engagment.

Otherwise, business as usual. I actually choice a black hub. So there is no bling factor. The noise is the only thing that tips you off that it's anything other than the stock hub.
 

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sounds great....

what did you end up building them up with?>>???

did you jsut swap hubs from the original stock one that came with the monocog>>>>??
 

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what did you end up building them up with?>>???

did you jsut swap hubs from the original stock one that came with the monocog>>>>??
I rebuilt the wheel with the stock WTB Laserdisc Trail and spokes. I used new nipples.

The flange holes were within a mm dimension so the stock spokes worked fine. I had to verify with the front wheel on spoke tension of the 29 wheel vs the 26.

Also, the stiff hub seals and the bolt-on bolts made it challenging to rotate the wheel on the stand. It kept moving laterally with the threads. That's one of the reasons I called it "good" and stopped.

I can try again with the wheel on the bike but it seems to be working pretty good for now.
 
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