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Kings seem to be the (ahem) undisputed champion of hubs, but I was wondering what others thought are as good, or perhaps better than the Chris Kings. I am looking for a very fast engaging rear hub that is reliable and relatively easy to service. I have had CK's and they are great, but as noted in other posts they have a pretty stiff premium price-wise. While I don't mind paying for truly superior performance, I want to make sure I am not throwing away $$ for minor increments of improvement.

What hubs have the best number of engagement points for the $?

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BikePharmer said:
Kings seem to be the (ahem) undisputed champion of hubs, but I was wondering what others thought are as good, or perhaps better than the Chris Kings. I am looking for a very fast engaging rear hub that is reliable and relatively easy to service. I have had CK's and they are great, but as noted in other posts they have a pretty stiff premium price-wise. While I don't mind paying for truly superior performance, I want to make sure I am not throwing away $$ for minor increments of improvement.

What hubs have the best number of engagement points for the $?

Thanks!
Check out Hope, Hadley, Hugi (what the hell is with the Hs?...)
 

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Good question...

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What do you mean you "had" CK's, what happened to them?
I am in the process of converting two bikes to disk, and my CK's are the "Classic" (i.e non-disk) version. So, while I still have them, they are not in service at this time. I will say the Chris King hubs are truly awesome and I would love another set, but I am struggling to convince myself that they are really worth north of $700 for a mtb wheelset.
 

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CK will put on new hub shells

BikePharmer said:
I am in the process of converting two bikes to disk, and my CK's are the "Classic" (i.e non-disk) version. So, while I still have them, they are not in service at this time. I will say the Chris King hubs are truly awesome and I would love another set, but I am struggling to convince myself that they are really worth north of $700 for a mtb wheelset.
For much less than the price of new hubs. You would still need to get them built up, but it wouldn't be even close to 700.

I had some DT240's which had the hub shell crack (twice) in the rear.

I had a set of CK rear hubs that constantly came loose and had horrible drag problems.

I just recently got a Hadley rear hub. It's been great so far, but I've only ridden it for 2 months or so. I've heard some disturbing things lately about the reliability of the rear hubs.

I've had the freehub on some of my Shimano hubs die, but it's a cheap replacement (20-30 bucks)

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Kinda thought as much. You could probably sell your current CKs and offset the price of new ones by quite a bit if you have no use for them. I kept my old classics around for vbrake bikes, so I didn't consider the King shell swap, but wouldn't hurt to ask King what they'd charge. One thing to consider with the disk hubs is the front hubs aren't convertible between 9 and 20mm (altho the 20mm is convertible to 24mm).
 

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Colorado Cyclist can build you three different Chris King Disc wheelsets:

with Mavic XC-717 -- $616
with Mavic XM-819 -- $624
with Mavic EX-823 -- $637
 
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