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Pro 2 - The 12 Month Review

29 Oct 2007 at 16:10 Filed Under:

What a load of crap, in 12 months, the wheel's been in action for only 5,000 miles and it's now knackered for the second time, not just bearings, but the pawls aren't engaging yet again.

When compared to an old XC hub, they're just flimsy and not fit for purpose.. or maye they are, if the purpose is poncing around in lovely weather... however, back on Earth, where people sometimes might have to ride in shite conditions, the hub can't take it.

First time around it took 2828 miles to kill it, second time, 2,100 miles, although, the bearings were already wobbling like mad after only 600 miles, or, as I like to call it, THREE AND A HALF WEEKS.

The problems with the hub seem to boil down to poor sealing, without opening it I can tell there's a lot of gunge in there, as the distinctive an loud freehub clicking that a new hub emits is entirely missing, unlike the 6000+ mile old XC that's been forced back into action.

The Irony of a Lancashire built hub not withstanding Lancashire weather's not lost on me.

Big thumbs down and a Blown Raspberry is my final verdict.

I'm going to enjoy telling the Hope Technicians that they actually replaced the bearings and it wasn;t a botched DIY job.

I'm still pondering a replacement, Hope XC or something screwonable.

The People Comment: (11 responses)

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Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

16:49 29 Oct

I think they've stopped making the XC so get one quick. How often do you replace bearings on Hope XC hubs?

matthttp://mattmagic.com

16:53 29 Oct

"How often do you replace bearings on Hope XC hubs?"

Well I have two hubs, I've replaced bearings once, 4721 miles for one (I think), however, I can't be sure about the other one.

6,200 miles per ratchet ring.

miketuallyhttp://mactually.co.uk/

17:28 29 Oct

"600 miles, or, as I like to call it, THREE AND A HALF WEEKS."

Your average MTBer would take a year to do that, and usually in better weather.

matthttp://mattmagic.com

17:37 29 Oct

I ain't AVERAGE :)

Wayne

06:38 30 Oct

DMR revolver, it is the answer, cheaper - better - screw on able or skewer without changing parts on hub, it's got to be worth a try!!

matthttp://mattmagic.com

09:54 30 Oct

yeah, saw that, Revolver + WI freewheel.. but how durable are those freewheels - I don't know anyone that's ridden the tits off one.

Wayne

13:45 30 Oct

sounds like a challange to me! be the first to ride the tits off one

matthttp://mattmagic.com

13:58 30 Oct

No, because that costs *me* money and gets me angry that bike components are shit, I'm sick of being a guinea pig for lazy designers.

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

15:40 30 Oct

ISTR Jon Bateman saying he gets about 6 months out of the bearings on WI freewheels, dunno about tooth life. I've sold both of mine as I needed some money for other stuff and a normal hub and DX sprocket lasts me forever :)

Tomhttp://tom.levell.eu

04:22 31 Oct

Teeth are good but bearings sometimes seize (although if used everyday they'd have no time to seize) I think I've killed 3 bearings since 2003 but one of them was on a secondhand one and another was due to inaction.

Do you still run your ss cog near the lockring on the freehub?
Might this be causing the body to twist a bit and wreck the pawls etc?

matthttp://mattmagic.com

04:28 31 Oct

Yes, but what's causing the pawls to wear is that the bearings in the hud shell die, then the pitiful sealing lets the bearings in the freehub die, then everything dies.

there's THREE bearings inside the freehub, they should be enough to stop things moving incorrectly, however they're a tiny and useless size.

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