|Rear Axle Type||3/8" bolt on|
|Cassette Body Type||Single Cog Driver|
|Rear Hub Spacing||175mm|
|Skewer Included||NA, Bolt-On|
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by Christof – 25th May 2016
I bought this from Niagara to go on to my old Mtb frame (early nineties Focus with Araya frame). This is my 'about town' bike and I rarely go more than 5 km with it on mostly flat terrain with some hills. That's key, because I don't think it would do very well for daily long commutes if there are steep hills, or on rough trails. I have been riding it for about a month on mostly flat terrain with some minor hills which it handles easily. Here are the cons first (followed by the pros).
1. It is very heavy. the weight of the shipping box stunned me. Now that it is on the bike though, I don't notice the weight and in any case I have a steel frame...
2. Gear shift adjustment is very finicky and a lot of the time it is a 4 speed as I can't get all gears in. Maybe this will change once I have the adjustment set properly. Installation was done by a LBS, but I guess the gear cable might have stretched a bit since then. A clear(er) YouTube video would be helpful.
3. Most seriously, on steep hills under a lot of pressure (standing) in gear 1, it skips with a bad crunching sound. This might be due to adjustment, or maybe it just isn't designed for it. Since I rarely do this (I have been riding the bike on rough trails where I shouldn't be), this is not a big deal for me, but I thought you should know.
4. Taking off the back wheel is now more complex because you have to undo the brake cable and the gear cable. But this is just a slight complication.
5. I don't love the grip shifter that it comes with because it is quite thick and not too comfortable. Other styles are available though.
1. The fun-factor is undeniable. I love riding this bike as my daily ride. Shifting is smooth most of the time (see comments above) and when it does shift properly, it's great.
2. Installation is relatively easy. I had it done by my LBS only because I was not too keen to lace the wheel myself.
3. Changing gears at a standstill is surprisingly useful.
4. The drum brake works well when wet.
5. The 'look' is nice too. My Mtb has vertical drop-outs and it fit perfectly, although I do use a chain tensioner.
Having read the cons, you might be put off by this hub, but don't be. I think most of the issues will be solved with proper adjustment and 99% of the time it is pure fun. I paired mine with a SA front hub drum brake/dynamo combo, which I also love. I would have given it a 5* rating, but for the steep-hill riding and the long learning curve to set the gears perfectly.