Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
Reload this Page >

Best Inexpensive Hub?

Notices
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

Best Inexpensive Hub?

Old 06-11-15, 06:44 PM
  #1  
nob
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 97
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Best Inexpensive Hub?

Hello, I'm about to have a wheelset built, and was curious as to what people would suggest for the best choice for an inexpensive hub that can handle commuting and training miles.

Here's what I'm looking at:

Origin 8 Track Hubs - It is my understanding that these are Formulas
Some Somax Hubs
Surly Ultra New Hubs

From what I've read, it seems the Origin 8 is a solid choice. I also read that the Soma may be a better choice, however I wasn't able to find an explanation regarding why it may be the better choice. I've read multiple accounts of people having bearing issues with the Surly hubs, while others seem to have no issues.

If anyone can share any further info about these hubs, I'd appreciate it.

Last edited by nob; 06-11-15 at 06:47 PM.
nob is offline  
Old 06-11-15, 09:06 PM
  #2  
nightfly
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,264
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 88 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 15 Times in 10 Posts
Can't really beat Formula's for the price. Upon closer investigation, often the competition is simply re-branded Formula's anyway.

I really like Suzue Pro Max hubs which I think are better looking and not a ton more expensive but might not be any better technically.

Sometime you find wheels built with loose bearing Dura Ace hubs for a relative bargain.

After that you are into Pauls, Phil Woods etc...
nightfly is offline  
Old 06-11-15, 09:09 PM
  #3  
Leukybear 
THE STUFFED
 
Leukybear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 12,680

Bikes: Rock Lobster; EAI Bareknuckle; Evil Insurgent

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 361 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 5 Posts
*sealed cartridge bearing* Formula hubs, hands down.

Yes there are loose ball Formula hubs and they're pretty ehhhhh considering the price difference is not even that bad.
__________________
pɐǝɹ oʇ sᴉ sᴉɥʇ ƃuᴉʎouuɐ ʍoɥ ǝǝs

Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
Pound sign: Kilo TT
Leukybear is offline  
Old 06-11-15, 09:13 PM
  #4  
sickz
Senior Member
 
sickz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: los angeles
Posts: 366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
+1 for formula.
sickz is offline  
Old 06-11-15, 10:27 PM
  #5  
TheRealFaux
Senior Member
 
TheRealFaux's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 1,108
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Formula, but I don't think inexpensive hubs are worth the hand built wheel labor.
TheRealFaux is offline  
Old 06-12-15, 01:27 AM
  #6  
sickz
Senior Member
 
sickz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: los angeles
Posts: 366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by TheRealFaux View Post
Formula, but I don't think inexpensive hubs are worth the hand built wheel labor.
lol. solid point.
sickz is offline  
Old 06-12-15, 07:40 AM
  #7  
davebarnes
Old Junior Member
 
davebarnes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO, USA
Posts: 13

Bikes: 1974 Italian frame with Campy Nuovo Record Components, 2016 single speed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Miche

I bought a Miche Pista/Strada hub set for my new single-speed build. $110.
Pista/Strada Hubs | Miche Bike Components

Last edited by davebarnes; 06-12-15 at 07:49 AM.
davebarnes is offline  
Old 06-12-15, 07:46 AM
  #8  
Mumonkan
Brown Jersey Winner
 
Mumonkan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: The Bad Woods.
Posts: 8,806
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 243 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
formula/novatecs

i have thousands of miles on them in heat cold rain snow and i havent even needed to adjust them or do anything besides wipe the crap off the outside

mine are on a set of handbuilt wheels and no ragrets. not one letter.
Mumonkan is offline  
Old 06-12-15, 09:36 AM
  #9  
ThermionicScott 
7-speed cultist
 
ThermionicScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CID
Posts: 20,091

Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers)

Mentioned: 88 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2792 Post(s)
Liked 734 Times in 516 Posts
No complaints with my Origin8/Formula rear hub after nearly 5000 miles of year-round riding.
__________________
Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
Originally Posted by noglider
People in this forum are not typical.
RUSA #7498
ThermionicScott is offline  
Old 06-12-15, 09:51 AM
  #10  
rreahard
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: LA not L.A.
Posts: 213

Bikes: Are awesome!

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'd definitely recommend the sealed bearing Formula hubs too. I'm currently running some rebranded Formulas on my SS bike and while I don't have as many miles on mine as Mumonkan or ThermionicScott (~500 or so), I've had zero complaints/issues so far.
rreahard is offline  
Old 06-12-15, 10:12 AM
  #11  
RollCNY
Speechless
 
RollCNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Central NY
Posts: 8,805

Bikes: Felt Brougham, Lotus Prestige, Cinelli Xperience,

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 106 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I own the Soma Somax and the Surly Ultra New (rear hub only for both), and I have nothing but positive to say about the Surly, and a long list of bearing failures with the Soma. Most likely it is a problem axle chewing through the Soma's, but I have replaced the sealed bearings on it twice in probably 6000 ish miles of use.
RollCNY is offline  
Old 06-12-15, 10:15 AM
  #12  
SquidPuppet
Calamari Marionette Ph.D
 
SquidPuppet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 7,862

Bikes: 3 Chinese Gas Pipe Nerdcycles and 2 Chicago Electroforged Boat Anchors

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2356 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 17 Posts
Where are you guys buying the Formula hubs**********????

I was looking for the TH-20 (low flange track front) a while back and could not find a source. Still can't.
SquidPuppet is offline  
Old 06-12-15, 10:22 AM
  #13  
Unkle Rico
Senior Member
 
Unkle Rico's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: dEnVeR
Posts: 1,684

Bikes: CENTURION / LOOK / Bianchi

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 214 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Ive got a set of wheels with Novatecs currently -- Couldnt be more happy with them. Don't have a lot of miles on them yet but workin on fixing that in the next year

Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
formula/novatecs

i have thousands of miles on them in heat cold rain snow and i havent even needed to adjust them or do anything besides wipe the crap off the outside

mine are on a set of handbuilt wheels and no ragrets. not one letter.
Unkle Rico is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
DIMcyclist
Bicycle Mechanics
2
01-09-17 05:02 PM
island rider
Road Cycling
20
05-27-13 09:21 PM
andrizzle
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
17
02-06-12 06:21 PM
tim00gle
Road Cycling
5
11-10-10 10:40 PM
magic-conch
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
13
01-04-10 10:41 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.