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Yup, this is the hub for me. Rim brake, sealed bearing, and doesn't sound like a swarm of hornets. Used for a year so far several thousand km commuting touring and bikepacking. Only complaint is that it doesn't freewheel very well for some reason. Looks like another reviewer noticed this too. Always a slack chain when coasting. Any remedy for this? Might try finish line instead of Phil on the pawls. Freehub is fully broken in but still so stiff...
Reasonable price, good looks, smooth operation, kudos for the two over-locknut spacing options, excellent ability to replace a broken spoke on the roadside. But, even packed with grease the rachet is noisier than the previous VO hubs (annoying). Despite the noise it's truly a great hub for serious riding.
Great modern design with a really nice finish. I went with the Campy freehub body which was an easy swap. The hub also has a competitive weight, slightly lighter than Sun XCD, and 100 grams lower than Grand Bois.
Good quality 1st impressions! Love I can take off free hub without any tools to lubricant body. Built bike for touring wanted this hub in the event I break a spoke. Have had happen in the past lives.
I'm not concerned with shaving every gram, or eliminating every source of friction, etc. I don't use ceramic bearings or fancy headsets. I'm not that kind of person, so please don't think the following is hyperbole.
The freehub on this hub is really, really stiff. When I coast downhill I can feel and see the chain go slack from the resistance in the free hub. For years I rode on midgrade shimano deore hubs, with full labyrinth seals. I have had 2 or 3 of them, and never experienced resistance anything like this, even though they are super overkill sealed. So this is not just a case of me not knowing how weather-sealed hubs feel.
I've ridden this hub about 500 miles now, and I almost feel like they have gotten worse over time, rather than wearing in as I would expect.
As a side note, when I finally opened it up this morning, I saw that the freehub was full of white lithium grease in the pawls. I had noticed this when I first bought the hub, and I wiped as much of it off as I could, but it was seeping residual grease from under the pawls. I spayed it out completely and put in dumonde freehub oil, but it's still just so stiff! It's probably just my imagination, but I swear I can feel the drag when I'm riding...
Anyways, I actually do like these hubs, they certainly fill a niche. But I may not spring for these again, unless the seals finally loosen up in my next few hundred miles.