AIVEE SR5 hubs, black, 20, 24, 28h – £220/pairsr5-aivee6

– Double sealed bearings
– 4 bearings rear, 2 bearings front
– CNC machined from 7075 alloy – shells, axles and freehub body
– 3 piece axle design
– 3 pawls (in rear freehub body)
– Made in France
– 82g front, 205g rear – 287g/pair

AIVEE is a hub manufacturer that has come from a wheelbuilding background – similar to Alchemy. The hubs are impressively light, especially considering the french manufacturing base and appealing price point.

The hubs themselves are relatively conventions. They employ conventional freehub design. The front hub has standard spacing and can tolerate radial lacing. The 36mm flange diameter on the front is larger than most, which should make for a fairly tough shell, especially due to its 7075 construction. AIVEE have opted for 6802 bearings, which are smaller than those found in Chris King, Alchemy, White Industries, Royce etc. This would generally impact on wear, however AIVEE have opted for a more extensive sealing system, which should help extend longevity. They have also gone for a high quality Japanese bearing to help with this.

I personally don’t think the hubs are well suited to a winter commute, however if you keep them clean, they should still last well for you, and provide good performance while they do so.

One more unusual feature to the hubs is the flange spacing of the rear. It is a 30:19 split. 19mm from the centre line is about as far as you can get a drive side flange out but 30 is a lot more conservative than a lot of manufacturers do. A powertap hub for example is as much as a 41:14 split. AIVEE have done this deliberately, to try and even the tensions between the drive side and non-drive side. Even spoke tensions mean that spokes are not slack on the non-drive side and are a) less prone to failure and b) less prone to loosening.

If you pair these hubs with DCR 38mm deep, carbon/alloy clinchers, you would have a wheelset weight of approximately 1450g. The price would be £725 for Lasers with alloy nipples or £780 for CX-Rays or for a Pacenti SL23 build it would be £535 and £590 with a weight of approximately 1410g.

Chris King R45, pair, many colours, 20, 24, 28 and 32h, £550
– Made in USA – Light Weight
– Angular contact bearings
– 11s shimano/sram compatible
– Available in black, silver, red, navy, green, mango, pewter, gold pink and brown
– Available with ceramic bearings as optional extra
– Unique, patentent Chris King ring drive system for faster freehub engagement and the ability to withstand higher torque. Reduced from 72 to 45 engagement points on the road hub to offer less drag.
– Front hubs are suitable for radial lacing
– Easily servicable
– Now available in Shimano and Campagnolo freehub
– 102g front, 215g rear. 317g/pair.
– 5 year warranty

DCR says:
The R45 is a real classic for those looking for a performance road hub. I contrast it to the Royce range which offers miles of trouble free riding with good performance. The Royce hub is better suited to high mileage users in all conditions, the R45 is better for those looking for a hard wearing hubset with more of a racing edge. There are lighter hubsets out there, however it is a deliberate decision to have the R45 set at the weight they are. Chris King believe in hubs you can service yourself that will last you for many years. Precision is an obsession for them as well as responsible manufacturing.

The angular contact bearing system does need checking regularly and periodic adjustment. This can be done with two 5mm allen keys, however it is better to use the cone adjusting tool (£26) with your hubs as well as some Ring Drive Lube (£9). Better still, if you want to be able to completely service your R45, you can buy the Hub Service Tool Kit (£153) – not only a satisfyingly elegant tool but it comes with comprehensive instructions on maintenance.

Build up these hubs with DCR 23mm alloy rims and CX-Rays for £740 with weights starting at 1405g.

DCR hubs 20/24 front, 24/28 rear, Shimano/Campagnolo, black, silver, red, blue, green, gold, purple – £115/pair

– 85g front

– 210g rear

– 6 pawl ratchet design, 48pt of engagement

– extra wide spaced flanges at the front

– quiet and durable running

– dedicated UK weather treatment applied in UK

– Made in Taiwan.

DCR says:

These hubs are a great option for more economical and training wheelsets.  They are competitively light and durable and are a great option for a range of wheelsets, using high quality TPI bearings (ABEC 5).  The front can be radially or tangentially laced but tangential lacing can, in some unusual cases, foul the fork legs.  The hubs come with a 2 year warranty.  A build with Ryde Pulse Sprint rims in a 24:28 lacing with CX-Ray spokes in black with black alloy nipples will cost £440.  A set has been weighed at 1316g and the rider weight limit on that set is 100kg.  So you can see the sort of competitive sets that are available.  More details at http://dcrwheels.co.uk/products/dcr-components/

DCR freewheel – 32/36h, silver, 126mm or 130mm overlock dimension, £60/pair

These are not strictly speaking DCR hubs, in that they do not entirely conform to all of my principals for what DCR hubs should do. However they fit better in this category than any other. They are most popular in 126mm at the back for classic builds. Commonly with the TB14, D-light and stock brass combination – £270.

– Elegant high flange hubs
– Tough
– Modern sealed bearings
– 126mm O.L.D. (also available in 130mm)
– Quick release
– Does not include skewers

DT Swiss 180 Carbon Ceramic hubs, pair, white, shimano/campagnolo, 24, 28 or 32h, £730
– Ceramic bearings have a superior lifespan than steel versions. They also require less maintenance and they are lighter.
– This version comes with a UD carbon shell and aluminum flange.
– The carbon fibre makes this hub lighter and torsionally stiffer than an aluminium counterpart, especially as they have been able to expand the body.
– DT patented star ratchet system has a lower engagement count than some hubs, however it system allows for particularly fast engagement and particularly low drag.
– Ratchet system has special coating to improve lifespan
– Front 100g, rear 190g, pair 290g.

DT Swiss 240, pair, black, shimano/campagnolo, 24, 28 or 32h, from £350/pair
– The more economical counterpart to the 180
– DT patented star ratchet system has a lower engagement count than some hubs, however it system allows for particularly fast engagement and particularly low drag.
– Ratchet system has special coating to improve lifespan
– Stainless steel bearings
– Forged aluminium shell
– Quad bearing system with corrosion resistant stainless steel bearings and improved contact-free double flange sealing for added durability.
– Front 105g, rear 209g, pair 314g.

M5 road hubs, £300/pairm5

Front:

M5 say:
The M5 front hub is the lightest front hub money can buy. 33 grammes is an unmatched industry bench mark. So if ascending the Ventoux, fast is on your wish-list, this hub should be as well.

Rear:

M5 say:
Our rear hub is a workhorse. But not a heavy one. The 2010 model is equipped with larger diameter bearings for superior mileage. However, the airgrade aluminum combined with our distinctive CAD design keeps things featherlight.
179g.

DCR says:

Let’s be clear, M5 are running up against the very limit of what is actually technically possible. They have to use small bearings for example, so you cannot expect the same strength and durability that you would get on say a Royce hub. However, that front – 33g! That is not only light, it is less than half the weight of a Mig70, which is itself about 30% lighter than what most people consider light. Strenght, stiffness and durability are still priorities of theirs, but you can see that weight saving is the number 1 priority. If you built these hubs up with say an ENVE 25 classic tubular rim and CX-Ray spokes, you would be looking at a wheelset weight of about 940g. You could probably get it about as low as 900g if you ran with CX Super spokes. The price is appealing for the set too, if you went with Ryde Pulse Sprint (clincher) rims, 20:28 lacing, CX-Rays you are looking at a set weight of about 1225g and a cost of £175.

NovaTec a171 or NovaTec Classic, front, silver, 24h, 28h, 32h, 36h, £25
– Made in Taiwan
– Classic design (similar to old campagnolo hubs)
– Made from 7075 alloy
– Sealed bearings
– Lightweight
– 111g

NovaTec f172/272 or NovaTec Classic, rear, shimano or campag 8/9/10 speed, silver or black,24h, 28h, 32h, 36h, £45
– Made in Taiwan
– Classic design (similar to old campagnolo hubs)
– Made from 7075 alloy
– Sealed bearings
– Lightweight
– 271g

These NovaTec hubs are very servicable and very versatile and extremely popular.  The bearings used are relatively basic cartridges but are kept fairly large which helps with longevity.  The freehub mechanism inside is relatively small and can get clogged up but can easily be removed and cleaned.  Spares for these hubs are carried at DCR Wheels and are economically priced, for example a spare freehub body is £24.

NovaTec A291/F482 – (SL) abg 482

 

Owing to the success of DCR hubs, these hubs have been much less popular, we do still have some models in stock, some colours, some drillings a mixture of bearings.  All pairs are £70, contact for availability.

 


Phil Wood hubsphil

DCR Wheels is proud to now announce the sale of the complete range of Phil Wood hubs (as well as other Phil components too). All hubs are available to order, lead time is approximately 3 weeks and prices are the approximate conversion of the USD RRP of the hubs as seen at philwood.com – Contact for any requests.

PMP hubs, £250/pair

98g front
298g rear

PMP hubs may not be setting the benchmark when it comes to weight but they aren’t exactly heavy and what you get with them is a very durable and solid hub design which utilises a pmplot of exotic materials to provide a set of hubs that will perform well for many years whilst looking and sounding great.

7075 aluminium is about as strong as aluminium gets, you find that in all the PMP shells. The rider weight limit on these hubs is 120kg, making them a good choice for heavier riders or high mileage users. Especially when you throw in their very high quality bearings and special mud protection and grease recipe.

Powertap, Powermeter Hubs:

I no longer sell any powertap hubs. I also no longer do any servicing on them and I will not build or rebuild wheels onto one. Please do not contact me with any powertap related enquiries or send me any powertap products. I will still provide a warranty on any wheels I have supplied in the past with powertap hubs in them.

Royce hubs
– Made in New Milton, Hampshire, UK
– All with sealed cartridge bearings
– Titanium axles with a lifetime warranty
– Ultra light front hubs weigh as little as 99g
– Machined out of a solid billet of aluminium
– High polish finish
– Hard anodising coating
– A wide variety of hole counts available
– A variety of axle lengths available
Ultra light front – £172
Venus front – £172
Venus rear – £251 for Shimano freehub, £260 for Campag
Royce lockrings are required with Campag freehubs, two versions available:
– CS201 – when the lowest cog on the cassette goes down to 12 teeth or more
– CS301 – when the lowest cog on the cassette goes down to 11 teeth or more.
Please note, standard lockrings are not compatible with Royce hubs. Royce lockrings are £33 each. For more details on Royce hubs see Royce hubs.

Tune Hubs – Mig70 / Mag170, 20/24/28/32, many colours, shimano/campag, £421/pair

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– 8/9/10/11s compatible
– front weight 71g
– rear weight 178g
– weight for pair – 249g
– 7075 T6 axle (front)
– alloy freehub bodies
– titanium freehub mechanism
– 7075 T6 shell
– 6803 front bearings
– 3×6803, 1x 6903 rear bearings
– 17mm axles now used throughout
– Made in Germany
– Self aligning front shell flanges
– Labyrinth sealed bearings

DCR says:

Tune hubs have performance as their key focus. They have gone for large, 17mm axles to help with both stiffness and durability. While they have gone with fairly small bearings, they have very high quality sealing on them and they have gone with a 6903 on the drive side rear where it really matters. You can tell from the design that longevity has not been overlooked.

The nature of the forging, tempering and machining of the shells makes them exceptionally strong. 7075 is already a strong alloy but the forging keeps the molecules all pointing up the flanges to keep their tensile strength to a maximum.

On the front hub, (28h drilling and below) radial lacing is not only tolerated but recommended. The hub has a different drilling in order to cope with this. The axle loading system means that even with high clamping force there is no bearing misalignment. The front flanges rotate slightly to align themselves with the rims to ensure that the perfect spoke angle is achieved. The MIG/MAG pair is one of the highest performing hubsets going – great for stiff, light wheels. Paired up with Laser or CX-Ray spokes and Pacenti SL23 rims you are looking at a build weight of 1369g (approx.) and prices for that build starting at £711. On the basis of ENVE tubular weights could be as low as 979g for around £1900.

Velo Orange Grand Cru touring – 36h, silver, £110grand cru touring hub

Available in a few flavours.  36h silver, 135mm shimano normally in stock.

VO say:

The Grand Cru Touring Hub is designed for long distance riding and heavy loads. The sturdy hub shell is our own design. It boasts a large-flange hub with room for four identical and rather large cartridge bearings. We use very high quality Japanese bearings of a common size and relatively easily replaced if they ever do wear out.

The axle is hollow and oversized. The free-hub body is steel for durability. There are three pawls with sturdy springs. The hub fits up to a 10-speed cassette; you can fit a 7-speed cassette by adding a 4.5mm spacer. The VO enclosed-cam quick release skewer is included.

DCR says:

It seems a little odd to have a hub that is so easily pulled apart, however once you have adjusted to the design, it makes a lot of sense and it is really nice to be able to service a hub in a genuinely tool-less system.  The engraved logo is nice and the hub is well finished and the price is pretty reasonable, especially when you consider the quality of the bearings.  It is actually remarkably hard to find an easily servicable hub with a steel freehub which should be the obvious choice for the touring cyclist.

I think this hub makes a lovely companion to a Schmidt Son 28 dynamo hub.  A build like that with Sputnik rims and a Strong (Sapim Race/Sapim Strong) build would cost £410.

White Industries hubs

T11 front hub available in 20, 24 and 28h, black/silver – £88: t11 front

White Industries say:

Our lightest weight front hub designed specifically for road bikes. We engineered the T11 front hub to be light without sacrificing durability. In today’s market the demand for light weight products continues to drive the market. We understand the market, and, yet, we also understand that quality of craftsmanship, design, and engineering are vital in producing a product that will stand the test of time. With that in mind, we confidently present the T11 front hub. Made in the USA

97g

DCR says:

The T11 is a smart hub. The weight is right. You could go lighter, but you are getting diminishing returns and fundamentally undermining the durability of the hub. The big question that a lot of people ask me is why would I go for White Industries over either Royce or Chris King? Well when it comes to the T11 front, price is a significant factor. It costs a lot less than either of them for a start. It is about the same weight as an R45 front hub or a Royce Ultra Light front. Unlikely the Royce and like the Chris King it comes with an alloy axle. It has standard cartridge bearings unlike Royce that has NTN bearings and the R45 which has Chris King manufactured angular contact bearings. The bearings themselves roll very nicely. Other major differences include an engraved logo – while this is purely aesthetic, it is very smart and has been done well. The centre to flange on an Ultra Light is 34mm, on a Chris King it is 34.5mm. On the T11 it is 35.5. Flanges that are further apart will help to keep the loading closer to the dropout and also increase the overall stiffness of the wheel. It will take a little maintenance, but less than an R45. The longevity is good on them. So in a way it offers the practicality of a Royce hub with the performance of an R45 with a few unique features thrown in.

T11 rear hub, 24, 28 and 32h. Shimano and Campagnolo, black/silver – £260.
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White Industries say:

Lacing up a new set of road wheels? Try our T11, a perfect choice. The hub shell design is a high/low flange which allows for a more even and better spoke tension with a hub spaced to 130mm. The hubs design maximizes aerodynamic efficiency – always a goal for road riders. Unique to the T11 is our titanium freehub body in a choice of Shimano or Campy configurations. Titanium, we feel, is the best choice in the freewheel application since it is nearly as light as aluminum and has the equivalent strength to many forms of steel. Made in the USA

– 252g

DCR says:

Titanium is a sensible choice for a freehub body, but I would not put it quite as optimistically as White Industries do. Cassettes tend to bite into aluminium freehub bodies. Steel freehub bodies will always make a rear hub heavier. So titanium is a good choice for a freehub body but aluminium is the more popular choice on performance road hubs, generally something from the 7000 series which is nice and tough. Titanium is an expensive way to make a freehub body, so that accounts for the extra cost of this hub. The centre to flange spacing is pretty similar to an R45, although the drive side is 1mm closer. This is probably because of the particularly large flange on the drive side which will add stiffness to the build.

White Industries have also used a steel axle on this which will make it nice and strong and generally adds quite a bit of weight. Despite this, they have managed to get the weight to a feathery 252g which is remarkable. This is a good option for a durable, strong and high performance road hub.