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I took apart my Hadley rear hub the other day to find the bearings are extremely rough. :eek: So rough in fact that the axle is hard to turn after hours of sitting. The seals do not look as though they do very much to keep out dirt and grime. A friend of mine runs one on his V-10 and his needle bearings were siezed up from all the crud after only 8 months of use at 2 rides a week MAX. :eekster: I called Hadley and they are sending me out new bearings but to be quite honest, I am going to throw them in and sell the wheel. I had previously made comments about how great they were. However, after getting them apart and seeing what was inside, I have changed my mind. Sure, they have outstanding customer service, but when you need it as often as I think I am going to, I think I am going to switch to hopes or even go back to shimano. My XT rear went strong for three years without problems. :thumbsup: Now, after six months of use, the bearings are rough as hell on a 300 dollar hub? Bah! I think I am going to pony up for some XTRs and call it good. I am still trying to figure out how in the hell we can put a man on the goddamn moon, yet we cannot make a bearing that will last longer than 6 months. I am done ranting.
 

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Hmmm, I just did the a relube of my King rear hub. The bearings are still buttery smooth after 7 years of dedicated use. I'm not real diligent about the maintenance either. It's been about a year and half since I last touched it. People can beeyoch about the price, but you can't beat the reliability.
 

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That is what I am talking about...

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Hmmm, I just did the a relube of my King rear hub. The bearings are still buttery smooth after 7 years of dedicated use. I'm not real diligent about the maintenance either. It's been about a year and half since I last touched it. People can beeyoch about the price, but you can't beat the reliability.
Kings aren't THAT more expensive than Hadleys. The seals really seem to the the flaw in the design. The front hub looks ok...just ok. I think if I spring for high end hubs, they would be kings or DT Swiss. I have heard nothing but great things about them. I am looking for a hub that does not let me down, doesn't need much maintenance, and is fairly light. By not much maintenance, I mean cleaning once or twice a year or as needed. My hadley is not fitting that criteria. I simply cannot imagine that the new bearings will last any longer than the old ones.
 

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What engagement is your hub? I've been running 36pt Hadleys for years, including tons of abuse in Northwest grime, and every time I take them apart to service them (every 1-2 years), all I find is clean lube and unworn metal. The 36pt mechanism is bomber, all 3 pawls engaging at once. The 108pt idea ... 1 pawl engaging at a time ... not such a good idea from a longevity standpoint.
 

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It does not matter what the engagement is...I was not speaking of the freehub. They are the main bearings.
 

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Kings aren't THAT more expensive than Hadleys. The seals really seem to the the flaw in the design. The front hub looks ok...just ok. I think if I spring for high end hubs, they would be kings or DT Swiss. I have heard nothing but great things about them. I am looking for a hub that does not let me down, doesn't need much maintenance, and is fairly light. By not much maintenance, I mean cleaning once or twice a year or as needed. My hadley is not fitting that criteria. I simply cannot imagine that the new bearings will last any longer than the old ones.
Just get the Kings and be done with it. Then again, since you seem to have an aversion to maintenance, I think you should just get some Shimano hubsets. After 6 months without any maintenance, the Shimano will be cheaper to replace.
 

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And you have an aversion to insightful thought processes...

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Just get the Kings and be done with it. Then again, since you seem to have an aversion to maintenance, I think you should just get some Shimano hubsets. After 6 months without any maintenance, the Shimano will be cheaper to replace.
I do not have an aversion to maintenance. :thumbsup: The reference to shimano was a contrast of price/maintenance. ;) My apologies if this needed to be pointed out to you.:rolleyes: Crawl back under your rock where you belong. :nono:
 
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