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Hub Interchangebility
#1
Want to upgrade the hubs on my 2009 Cannondale Comfort. 26x2.0 wheels.
I have V-brake hubs now. Only problem I see is all the new hubs I looked at are disc brake style. Can I still use the disc brake style hubs with my V-brake setup? The current hubs are Cannondale Earth hubs. I am looking for strength and durability in the new hubs. Love to have some Phil Wood hubs but they are too expensive (but they are made in America).
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#2
Yes you can, you'll just have unused disc rotor tabs, assuming you're not putting disc brakes on. Just make sure you put the right data into a spoke calculator to get the length right. However bear in mind it is often cheaper just to buy a new complete wheel (wasteful and depressing really)

As for hubs, it doesn't make a huge amount of difference how strong the hub shell is. I ride a lot of Downhill MTB and hub failure is not that common, and people use everything from cheap and cheerful to Chris King. What you want instead is a good bearing system that lasts, ideally cartridge as they're replaceable and prolong the life of your hub. I don't know much about roadie hubs, though in my experience the Mavic MTB ones aren't bad, and Richey hubs have a good sealed bearing system. The preferred hub choice over here is Hope, but I don't think you can buy them outside the UK.
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(05-08-2011, 02:32 PM)rprough Wrote:  Want to upgrade the hubs ......
Why?

What do you expect from the replacement hubs that a quick clean and rebuild to your present hubs will accomplish?
Nigel
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(05-08-2011, 05:27 PM)nfmisso Wrote:  
(05-08-2011, 02:32 PM)rprough Wrote:  Want to upgrade the hubs ......
Why?

What do you expect from the replacement hubs that a quick clean and rebuild to your present hubs will accomplish?

I am looking for strength and durability in the new hubs. Probably durability as most important. If the current hubs will be ok then I will just rebuild them.
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#5
There is not much difference in hub durability between hubs.

Rebuild what you got, and spend your money on something else.
Nigel
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