Looking for a hub don't know what to look for.

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by appye, Jul 17, 2008.

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  1. appye

    appye Guest

    Currently, I have the "Eagle / Velocity 26" Rear Wheel w/105g spokes" wheel from GEBE... Check the link, it is about 3/4 down the page. I do have a different rim now though.

    I am going to have a 9 gauge wheel built by wheelmaster, but it is going to use the Disc Hub adapter that Andyinchville1 created. What I am looking for is a decent hub that will still be able to use the axle that is on my current wheel (it is longer than normal), while being able to accomodate a disc brake. I do not plan on using disc brakes, rather I am going to attach the sprocket to the disc brake mount on the hub itself. Can someone please point me to an inexpensive hub I can use for this project? I want to get this bike started, and I don't know what to look for in a hub that will meet these criteria. I am fine with a cheaper hub, as i don't need super light weight or any of the high performance stuff found in race bikes and the like. I just want something that is as durable as possible, can use my axle (unless longer axles are cheap and readily available) and will support a disc brake.

    Basically, I want durable and cheap. Maybe there are some steel hubs that are meant to go on cheap bikes that are nice and durable?
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  2. stude13

    stude13 Active Member

    isnt the wheekmaster the guy to ask?
  3. ocscully

    ocscully Member

    More information please

    How many speeds/cogs do you need to be able to fit to the pedal side of the hub? Freewheel or Cassette? How wide does the hub need to be 135mm?

  4. lennyharp

    lennyharp Member

    I would not use an inexpensive hub for a wheel like that. The stress that would break a spoke will now almost certainly break the hub. Spokes are way easier to replace than hubs. I would insist on a hub manufactured with additional strength in the spoke flange areas so this will not happen.
  5. appye

    appye Guest

    lennyharp, I will be sure I check for that.

    ocsully, I currently have 9 speeds on the wheel. Boy. that freewheel or cassette question threw me for a loop. I had to read up on it, and I need to look tomorrow to be sure, but I would think I have a cassette because the bike is not very old. As far as the width, I will measure it from end to end and report back.
  6. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member


    i'm sure you need a 135mm o.l.d. hub with cassete gears.

    you may want to look at shimano deore XT and XL disk ready hubs. these are quad bearing, double sealed hubs. very good quality.

    i think you are going WAY over kill on the spoke thing, esp. since you are no longer going to be driving off them. 105g is more than enough and 10g would be a really WIDE margin of protection.

    why not just get the disk hub from GEBE with 105g spokes put in it. edit, too much wait, never mind

    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  7. appye

    appye Guest

    maybe I am going overkill on that. Keep in mind that I plan on running with a solid tire from airfreetires.com though... Maybe I will see how well the wheel holds up under the chain drive first. I do want to be able to go months without worrying about anythign but engine maintenance if possible.
  8. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    Have you considered using an all aluminum 26" 6 spoke mag wheel seeing
    that you won't be using the gebe setup?
    They would work with your chain drive and disc brake i think

    I have only found the pair available though as I guess you wouldn't be
    using the front wheel on your recumbent

    I am planning to use them on a 50cc 4 stroke in frame grubee bike

    They look like this.

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  9. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    WOW, thanks for that, where do we find these for sale ?

    do you have any specs on them , bearings, dropout fitments, etc. ?

  10. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

  11. lennyharp

    lennyharp Member

    There ya go if you don't like spokes go with a mag wheel. At 9 gage spokes you were talking almost solid steel wheel with a little bit of aluminum hub. They don't make bicycle hubs or rims that mate well with even 10 gage, so OVERKILL is what you had. I think the mag is more of the same but I build my wheels so don't worry about a periodic true or even a spoke replacement.

    With a Bicycle you need to expect weekly maintenance if you are commuting. You have a little light weight machine that is carrying at least 4 times it's weight at 30-40 mph and physics just seems to cry out for maintenance work. Well my squeeky brakes and wheel issues and headsets that need adjustments and air in the tubes just adds up to some work.
  12. appye

    appye Guest

    Hmm. I found them here for a hundred bucks for a front/rear set. I don't think the seller offers them as individual wheels, but I did ask the question.

    Do you guys think that the mag wheel would be stronger than a spoked wheel? I know you think this is overkill, but I really want as strong as possible. As far as getting the hubs to mate well, wheelmaster said that he drills them out to fit just fine.
  13. Accender

    Accender Member

    I believe parts are a quick ship. Clutch packs are delaying the shipping
    of kits.
    Good company, GO USA

  14. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    hm, i missed some thing here what was it ?

    i like the mags, i'd do them even from Taiwan. thanks for showing that link.

  15. appye

    appye Guest

    hmmm. I talked to a guy at the bike shop and he said that the mag wheels would not be as strong as spoked wheels. He also made the point that once the wheel goes out of true, there is no way of adjusting it back. It looks like I will be going with wheelmaster. As far as being overkill, keep in mind I am using a solid foam tire. Contrary to the advertisements about how great they are, they do put a lot more of a beating on a wheel. Pneumatic tires have all that air to absorb impact when hitting a pothole or something, whereas foam tires only provide cushion directly underneath the rim at the point of impact. I have used them before, and this is the main reason I am going with a beastly heavy tire... I am also paranoid of getting a blowout when there is a vehicle (much less a loaded 18 wheeler) barreling up behind me.