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Building up a girlish-figured bike...to average things out I suppose from last month's 42 lb beast i got...anyway, just got new XTR hubs in for wheel build and was pleasantly shocked that weights were as sweet as they are (270 grams rear, 142 grams front; centerlock version). Also dig the more industrial look of hubs (ie, not lame polished pewter looking nonsense).

Anybody running them? I am pretty stoked to try them out. I "hear" 09 stuff is better too (no idea what that means).

p.s. blingy parts, a la King and I9 are for poseurs
 

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I have been running the "new" XTR hubs for almost a year, they are ridiculously good value for money, light, decently quick engagement, seem to roll very well and as good as dead silent. The best part is the Ti body, as opposed to the Al body found on most other decent, light hubs that get chewed up sooner or later. They are understated, with the grey ano, if Shimano made them in all colours like Kings or Hopes they would really seal the deal. At first I was not too happy about having to run centerlock rotors, because of the weight penalty, but on the bright side the XTR rotors look good and they seem to hold up well and not go out of true. Great hubs for the intended usage, cheap too - compared with the worthy alternatives.
 

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rasmusj said:
I have been running the "new" XTR hubs for almost a year, they are ridiculously good value for money, light, decently quick engagement, seem to roll very well and as good as dead silent. The best part is the Ti body, as opposed to the Al body found on most other decent, light hubs that get chewed up sooner or later. They are understated, with the grey ano, if Shimano made them in all colours like Kings or Hopes they would really seal the deal. At first I was not too happy about having to run centerlock rotors, because of the weight penalty, but on the bright side the XTR rotors look good and they seem to hold up well and not go out of true. Great hubs for the intended usage, cheap too - compared with the worthy alternatives.
thanks for the feedback...sounds good!

though Shimano not my first choice in general, this bike will be full XTR so will also be running the XTR rotors so good to hear. Also have to say that Shimano parts on my other (slightly less new) bike are fantastic...Shimano bashing may be the trend but I dont think I am on that bandwagon anymore

As for colors, suppose is they offered colors it would jack up price to some extent and this bike is boring black ano so I am more than content with these anyway

cheers
 

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FoShizzle said:
As for colors, suppose is they offered colors it would jack up price to some extent and this bike is boring black ano so I am more than content with these anyway

cheers
nooo! Shimano's last venture into colours brought us LX green/blue/ass
 

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Yes, the newer XTR hubs are excellent value, and have great hub engagement- vastly improved over previous generations. Also, they have reasonably even flanges which make for a balanced and even build. Durability is very good, provided you service the somewhat exposed bearings. Great hubs for the money, and very capable as the foundation for either a race or trail wheelset.
 

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Hardtailforever said:
Yes, the newer XTR hubs are excellent value, and have great hub engagement- vastly improved over previous generations. Also, they have reasonably even flanges which make for a balanced and even build. Durability is very good, provided you service the somewhat exposed bearings. Great hubs for the money, and very capable as the foundation for either a race or trail wheelset.
sounds good!
 

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are the new 09 hubs still loose ball, or have they finally gone to cartridge bearings, and are the axles titanium as well?
 

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Flystagg said:
are the new 09 hubs still loose ball, or have they finally gone to cartridge bearings, and are the axles titanium as well?
dont know...anyone?
 

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FoShizzle said:
p.s. blingy parts, a la King and I9 are for poseurs
Uh, okay. Come see me in about 12 years and tell me if your XTR stuff has held up as well as my King hubs have... :rolleyes:

They're laced to the second set of rims and on their third bike now. I expect them to last a long time yet. I'm not against bling as long as it works well and lasts. ;)
 

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IAmtnbikr said:
Uh, okay. Come see me in about 12 years and tell me if your XTR stuff has held up as well as my King hubs have... :rolleyes:

They're laced to the second set of rims and on their third bike now. I expect them to last a long time yet. I'm not against bling as long as it works well and lasts. ;)
King stuff is ok if you are into looking kewl at the trailhead i guess
 

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FoShizzle said:
King stuff is ok if you are into looking kewl at the trailhead i guess
Really... at least you look good like I do then, right? :thumbsup:

FoShizzle said:
thanks TA...this is not for the UZZI...that bike already has Kings, HD rear with Funn bolts laced to 823s so i am set there. As for the Intense, only needed to change saddle and post and its perfect...not sure i even need to lower the front but may try

still need to sort out if front 20mm King hub which i have access to can be converted (easily hopefully) to run a 9mm DT Ratchet skewer as thats what I have and want given the fork i have for that bike...perfect setup for that bike for me
 

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Really... at least you look good like I do then, right? :thumbsup:
If you are talking about wheels posted under FoShizzle, this must have been somebody else logged in as me...but that is the old me, the new 2009 me is no longer into bling...oh yeah, forgot to add i just put I9s on my Inbred (not pictured) but i swear thats it!

the reds and coppers below sold cuz people at the trailhead begain to recognize me and needed a new look





and from last month's fat-sow-of-a-bike purchase

 

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So lets hear a little more about this girlish-figured bike project. Don't tell me your coming over to the dark side, the AM guys wouldn't let you post over there anymore!
 

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My understanding was that the cup and cones rolled faster than most "sealed" cartridge style bearings. And wasn't there something about measuring the size of the balls and putting matched sets into the hubs on the XTR's? Maybe I'm wrong about this but it made them seem like even a better value.
 

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Cranked said:
So lets hear a little more about this girlish-figured bike project. Don't tell me your coming over to the dark side, the AM guys wouldn't let you post over there anymore!
the AM guys, whatever AM means, dont let me post already :)

the new(est) bike is intended for XC riding/racing but certainly wont cross any true weight weenie's threshold of being "light". Having said that, it will be perfect (i hope) for my needs.

I love my On One Inbred (and prevous one) SO MUCH that I decided to buy an On One Scandal hardtail.

* large Scandal frame (mediums weigh 3.5 pounds spot on)
* full 09 XTR group
* On One fleegle pro bars
* On One stem
* On One carbon post
* Selle Italia SLR XP saddle
* XTR hubs laced to Stans arches with Supercomp spokes and Comp spokes on drive side rear
* tires TBD

By the way, if anybody is interested in On One let me know as I constantly order and can get you a great deal. by a mile, favorite hardtails i have owned to date
 
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