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How consistent are rotor mounts between hub manufacturers?

- seb

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I want to build a second set of wheels - my current set has a Hadley rear hub which I know is both expensive and not particularly easy to get hold of in the UK.

If I get something completely different (prob a Hope Pro 2) and mount a 2nd rotor on it, will things line up perfectly when I swap my wheels over, or do rotor mount positions on hubs vary a bit?
 

OGRipper

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Feb 3, 2004
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It sometimes works, sometime doesn't, even with the same friggin' hubs. There is just not that much room for error, and even the slightest variance will leave you with rubbing pads.
 

- seb

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Yeah I was thinking about shimming the rotor, I'd be reluctant to since obviously it puts more strain on the bolts, but I guess if it's only fractional it'd be ok.

Are the differences typically <0.5mm (enough to make it rub, but little enough that the brakes should re-centre and/or I can shim the rotor) or are we talking 1mm+?
 

Sir_Crackien

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Feb 7, 2004
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from my experience its pretty damn close, but like the others have said even a minute difference will make the brake rub. i personal have had very good luck and rarely have to move the brake.
 

big-ted

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Sep 27, 2005
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Seb, as you know I used to regularly switch between a pro 2 and a bulb on the back of my bike without needing t re-shim the rear brake. I just transferred the pro 2 to my other bike, replacing a Shimano hub, and the Bulb is now on my downhill bike, to which I just fitted a back-up wheel consisting of some no-name basic rear hub. At no point in all this swapping did I ever have to re-shim a brake.

Maybe I got lucky, but experience tells me my luck isn't that good! ;)
 

frorider

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Jul 21, 2004
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i switch front wheels on my bikes all the time. i just use the shim kits (got mine at universalcycles.com) to make all my wheels directly swappable. works perfectly. the difference between hubs is very small in my experience (so only a thin shim is necessary) but can create rubbing if you don't shim or respace the caliper.
 

MattP.

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Shim the rotor. The rotor shims are nearly paper thin, fractions of a mm, so I would worry about it putting additional stress on the bolts.
 

- seb

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Cool, cheers guys.

Anyone know how many engagements a pro2 has? My hadley is 48 I think, I'll be reluctant to go to anything much less - I rode a hire bike in Whistler one day which had an XT hub on it IIRC, 18-engagement or something - I fell over the first time I tried to pedal out of a tight switchback, lol :D
 

Steve M

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Cool, cheers guys.

Anyone know how many engagements a pro2 has? My hadley is 48 I think, I'll be reluctant to go to anything much less - I rode a hire bike in Whistler one day which had an XT hub on it IIRC, 18-engagement or something - I fell over the first time I tried to pedal out of a tight switchback, lol :D
haha you can't be serious... engagement points are pretty much a wank for everyone except trials riders. I'd seriously challenge anyone to notice in a blind test on a DH run.
 

worship_mud

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Dec 9, 2006
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another question:

did anyone experience any difficulties with the freehub-side on the rear wheel, i.e. re-adjusting the gears when switching wheels?
 

- seb

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Certainly once you're moving you wouldnt notice much difference, but from a start or in a really tight corner it's very noticable imho.