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    Default Re: Reliable, light, reasonably priced MTB hubs

    XTR does have a Ti freehub. I got front and rears for $291 off ebay.
     

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    Default Re: Reliable, light, reasonably priced MTB hubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr B View Post
    XTR = Titanium freehub? Price?
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    Default Re: Reliable, light, reasonably priced MTB hubs

    Those XTR Thru Axle hubs look kind of nice! I'd use a pair on a commuter or CX bike. I hope the OP fills us in on his impressions once he gets them.
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    Default Re: Reliable, light, reasonably priced MTB hubs

    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    Just checked at the same paper from the M785 hub, the parts are indeed the same. It say however that all freewheel parts from M-785 XTR and XT are interchangeable. So it sucks but in the event of a failure you can still get the replacements parts in XTR level. It is probably not cost effective compared to buying an XTR in the first place though.
    They are interchangeable. Somehow, the cassette body of my 985 hub cracked along one of the splines, killing it. I looked into a replacement XTR freehub, but it was nearly what I paid for a new pair of XTR hubs. So I went with XT-the two are physically compatible.

    Unfortunately, the XT freehub now makes strange, nasty eccentric sounding noises while freewheeling after a few months of use. I'm sure it will fail soon.
     

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    Default Re: Reliable, light, reasonably priced MTB hubs

    I havent read this whole thread, but I have destroyed every shimano freehub I have ever owned. I always buy the highest end compatible with my hub when they break too, and its never solved it. I've considered trying again, but havent found a reason too. I even just blew the ultegra one on one of my road/cross wheelsets.

    My first wheel build, and my current wheelset, I did BikeHubStore hubs, I really like them so far. 48 pts of engagement too, I even counted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s_curran View Post
    My first wheel build, and my current wheelset, I did BikeHubStore hubs, I really like them so far. 48 pts of engagement too, I even counted.
    When you get some free time, you should count the points of engagement on a pair of Onyx hubs. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Neide View Post
    When you get some free time, you should count the points of engagement on a pair of Onyx hubs. :)
    Onyx are sweet. Totally different pricepoint than Ultegra or XT though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgaddis View Post
    Onyx are sweet. Totally different pricepoint than Ultegra or XT though!

    Sure are! All my hubs are currently I9, so when I got a chance to take some Onyx hubs for a spin, it was eerily quiet. The hubs should almost come with a bell for your handlebar so you can alert other trail users of your presence.

    I really want a pair of Onyx disc road hubs for a SSCX bike. Just complete silence all around.
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    This video is making me wish I'd bought Hopes for my Cannondale rebuild. I've had their hubs in the past, love noisy hubs and am an Englishman. Whatever was I thinking buying Shimano?

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    Default Re: Reliable, light, reasonably priced MTB hubs

    Is there an essential difference / upgrade from Hope pro 2 hubs to 4's?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    Is there an essential difference / upgrade from Hope pro 2 hubs to 4's?
    4 more points of engagement
    Larger DS flange for a stiffer wheel build
    11spd Shimano Road compatible out of the box (pro 2's require a different freehub)
    1 less bearing in the freehub body

    No reason to upgrade if your Pro 2s are still in good shape IMO. But if buyig new hubs, I'd go Pro 4
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    So just to close the loop, since this thread was bumped. I ended up buying XTR hubs, and lacing them with DT Competition spokes and brass nipples to 35mm Light-Bicycle carbon rims. So far, so good. And they look fantastic.
     

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    I am likely buying new wheels this spring before my stans hubs completely die. I have a set of pro 2 (non evo) on another bike and they have been great, but I would prefer quieter. I want hubs that are easily swapped between axle standards as they will hopefully last longer than my current frame so shimano is out. What is the better option between pro 4s and dt350s with durability as a top priority.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor View Post
    I am likely buying new wheels this spring before my stans hubs completely die. I have a set of pro 2 (non evo) on another bike and they have been great, but I would prefer quieter. I want hubs that are easily swapped between axle standards as they will hopefully last longer than my current frame so shimano is out. What is the better option between pro 4s and dt350s with durability as a top priority.
    White Industries would be a good option. Very well made, axles are adaptable (not as quick/easy as Hope tho - a few allen wrenches are needed to make the swap), quiet when coasting, titanium freehub body. Centerlock or 6-bolt. 24 points of engagement or 48 - I hear the 48 is pretty loud though. The 24 is quiet.

    Hadley is also a great option, with faster engagement (72 points), also a ti freehub and convertible axles. Louder than the 24POE Whites, but quieter than Hope for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor View Post
    I am likely buying new wheels this spring before my stans hubs completely die. I have a set of pro 2 (non evo) on another bike and they have been great, but I would prefer quieter. I want hubs that are easily swapped between axle standards as they will hopefully last longer than my current frame so shimano is out. What is the better option between pro 4s and dt350s with durability as a top priority.
    Sorry, I missread your question.

    Between the Pro 4's and DT 350s, if you want quiet go with the DTs. If you want adaptable axles and fast engagement, go with the Pro 4s.

    The DT 350 front hub axle isn't convertible. But if you've already got a 15mm axle, you won't likely need anything else in the future.

    Except that Boost axles are likely to take over as the dominant axle standards, and non-boost hubs can't be converted to boost (at least not without a semi-ghetto set of spacers).
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    As someone w/ old-skool QR's on his 26" ride, I feel like there's a need for an axle primer (for me anyway).

    What's with the different standards? How confident are you in Boost as new standard? I'm just thinking of BB30 being hardly dominant except on OEM biznass and wondering...
     

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    Still a good topic.

    Chris King is too rich for my blood. Considering Hadley or Hope Pro 4 for a rear hub. I ride singlespeed most of the time but want a regular free hub to run 1x10 some days. I weigh about 165. Not convinced that XTR is reliable and considering those BHS Bitex hubs, but willing to pay for durability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by christian View Post
    The MTB stuff is crazy expensive.

    Not the way i do it> v brakes + 8 sp + 26in + rigid frame.
    It's still a lot of fun. I will never know if it's less fun than a FS that will put me in a way over my head situation since i have $ priorities. I still believe all a bike needs to do is look good, climb well and obey while descending steep stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Still a good topic.
    Not convinced that XTR is reliable and considering those BHS Bitex hubs, but willing to pay for durability.
    xtr is fit and forget in my experience, my mtb has xtr hubs brakes and complete drive train. i have had xtr hubs before those grey and polished 8 speed hubs as well as dura ace gear, i would not hesitate to go the same route again, something i cant say about hope and king for that matter
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    Quote Originally Posted by michäel2 View Post
    xtr is fit and forget in my experience, my mtb has xtr hubs brakes and complete drive train. i have had xtr hubs before those grey and polished 8 speed hubs as well as dura ace gear, i would not hesitate to go the same route again, something i cant say about hope and king for that matter
    I have 2 m950 rear wheels and it could be better. I killed the freewheel on the 3rd one. Other than not being bombproof engagement is sloooow... If a used king hub falls on my lap, it will be the definite upgrade.
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