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Sandwich

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Need a hub for my project...

Have the option of a Ringle Lawwill hub in camo for $80, or a Rocky Mountain formula knockoff for about $30. Each should fit, weight is not as much of a concern as durability and clickiness. The rest of the bike is black but I don't care much about color.
 

FlipSide

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Ringlé no doubt.
I have 2 of those and they are good quality. Easy to service, 36 POE, nice sound, ...
 

atrokz

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Ringle for sure, but buy a set of bearings soon, because the stock ones DO NOT last a season. AND, do NOT run enduro bearings. The only bearings that will last more than a season with the way the hub is designed is a high quality one like SKF. My Ringle 12x165 with SKF's lasted over a year untill I sold it.

The reasoning is the way the hub design preloads the bearings. It wears over time and allows the hub to be overtorqued. Cheap bearings, like enduro (which are so bad I have no idea how they are recomeneded here) can't handle the loads and fail sooner.

With the right bearings, the hub lasts a while, and is quite robust.
 
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Sandwich

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Cool, thanks guys. I was set on the lawwill (especially with the stupid removable cap) but then I saw the RM hub for $30. I've had a ringle before, and while it came broken on a used bike, after sending it away for 6 weeks of warranty, it was a great hub.
 

Sandwich

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90gbp = $145 us, plus postage.

I can buy two ringles for one of those. If you can't beat $80, I'm not buyin...