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Hubs: an unpaid endorsment


By Flynny - Posted on 02 October 2013

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

OK, Hubs a little unglamorous but pretty important. A few brands seem to get all the rave reviews but as I was doing some maintenance after the week end it struck me just how good mine were.

This is a Hadley DHS XL 150. I first built it into a wheel in 2005 on my Cove Peeler. Cost a fortune at the time but they were a hub I'd always wanted to try.

It's had a few rim replacement, been on another 2 frames (Norco A Atomkic and now the M6) and hasn't had one single bit of maintenance.

Zip, nil, nothing, Not a drop off oil, a bit of grease or even a pull down to clean.

that's 7 years on a part that is down in the mud and dust and grime. so here is a big thumbs up to the Old Hadely hub. Check out how well it still spins.


http://youtu.be/EnvxoEe4ydI

That is a video only a MTB 'er could love!!
Will look out for these tho, probably made back when parts were made to last and not be "serviced".

Yeah, I know they use to e hard to get.
Mike Hadley would make so many a year and if the had sold out you had to wait.
They were expensive but no more so then other high end hubs.
A bit heavier then say Chris king or Hope but for DH I'd choose them everytime

You would probably still find new bearings would make it roll better when it's weighted up. Dry worn bearings can spin forever with no load on 'em, my Hadley is a bit noisy but still spins for a while but it's dog compared to my other hubs in regards to rolling resistance. That is however due to the owner being an idiot on the tools and a tight wad, the hub has been pretty good to me for how badly it's been neglected.

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