MBc-Member Product Review: GruBee Solid Hub Heavy-Duty Axle Kit

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alesterfeind

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Ok, I got my new axle, hub and sprocket yesterday by FedEx from bicycle-engines.com. I called them on Tuesday and got it on Saturday. This is the 2nd order I have made with this vendor, and they have been very quick to deliver both times.

Now, about the hub:

It's HUGE! The picture on the website does not really give you an idea of the size of this thing. I had planned on threading and building my own wheel. After getting it, I realizd the diameter is bigger than my other axle, so I have to replace the spokes as well. I took it up to the bike shop along with my wheel to talk to the techs about it. And, just so everyone knows, the guys at Bicycle's Plus here in Flower Mound were really cool about it being a motorized bike. One guy mentioned, "I have seen a guy riding one of these going north on FM-2499." I said, "That was me!" They can't wait to see the bike once it's put together.

After talking about options, I decided that if I am going to put any more money into this, then I am going to do it right. I purchased a heavy duty rim, (2 ply), new spokes, and I am letting a tech build it so it will be true when I put it on. It was $35 for the rim, $18 for spokes, and $45 for labor. So, it's going to cost about $100 to build the wheel around this new hub, and the hub cost about $50 with S/H. I really think the end result will be worth it in the long run. This new wheel should last forever and run much smoother compared to using the assembly kit we get with our engines that compresses and bends the spokes.

One great thing about this hub is how easy it will be to interchange different size sprockets since it just screws onto the axle. My hub kit came with a 44T. When Andrew gets his, I am sure he can come up with some custom sprockets to fit. I really want a 36T or 32T for my bike.

I should have it ready by this next weekend, and I will post pictures of the parts and the final result.
 
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Alaskavan

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Cool Alester. No trouble finding spokes to fit it? From what I understand it's made for 12g. I'll have to order then on the net.
 

azbill

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I for one, eagerly await your review
I did hear that the last bunch of them were packed with inferior grease that had to be replaced with good grease
 
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alesterfeind

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The bike shop said they had plenty of spokes to fit, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I did ask the tech about the grease. Of course, he doesn't know anything about this kind of axle, so he couldn't say much. We did notice grease around the seal, so it looks like they came packed properly. However the quality of the grease is unknown. I guess I will find out at some point.
 
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gone_fishin

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I guess I will find out at some point.
that's the spirit!

if you'd like to start a new "member-review" on the hub, please feel free...i'd be happy to split off the last coupla posts and do that now if you want :)
 

azbill

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not to be picky, but ...
should this thread more accurately be named grubee hd rear hub ?
just so people don't get confused
(you know how easy it is to confuse me :LOL:)
 
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