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Mountain bike hubs keep wheels running smoothly on varied and demanding terrain. Frequently asked questions concern compatibility with different types of braking (disc or rim brakes), the number of spokes, bearing types, durability and resistance to external elements, compatibility with different axle widths, ease of maintenance, and weight and its impact on performance, as well as the differences between hubs for cross-country, downhill or enduro mountain bikes.
How do you choose a MTB hub based on the type of braking you use?
The choice of MTB hub largely depends on the braking system used. Rim brakes are becoming less and less common in mountain biking and rely on brake pads contacting the rim, therefore the hub has no specific braking interface. For disc brakes, however, the hub must have a suitable interface compatible with the specific type of disc used—often "IS 6 holes" or "Center Lock" (CL).
How important is the number of spokes on a MTB hub?
The number of spokes influences the rigidity, strength and weight of the wheel. A wheel with more spokes is generally more robust and therefore preferable for downhill or enduro riding. A wheel with fewer spokes is often lighter and ideal for cross-country or competition use.
How do you maintain and extend the life of your mountain bike hubs?
Regular maintenance of hubs is crucial, especially for mountain bikes where they are exposed to mud, dust and water. We recommend that you regularly clean the outside, check the condition of the bearings and, if necessary, grease or replace them. Particular attention should be paid to the sealing of hubs to prevent the ingress of water or dirt, which could affect the bearings and shorten the life of the hub.
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