Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Front end goodness.

Real big wheel. This Is the eventual front end for my winter project. The hub is a black Paul WHUB. It is a 135mm OLD front hub, and it's huge. The official specs are not up on Paul's website yet, but the flange diameter is 54mm, with a flange spacing of 82mm! For comparison, a non disc Surly 1x1 measures 54mm at the flange, but only has 64mm of flange width. So for a disc hub to have almost 20mm wider flanges, you can imagine what that does to your spokes' bracing angle. You get more stiffness and strength for the same set up, at near the same weight. This is assuming the same spoke, rim and tension set up on a standard hub to the WHUB. Spoke length ends up being a normal 291mm, and final weight with skewer and rim strip ends up being 1255gm. Not to for its intended use.

Spokes for this built are straight 14g black DT Swiss spokes with black brass nipples. This particular build is a 36h Gordo rim from Salsa.

Paul is not currently offering this hub in a bolt on version, something I hope to see from him in the future. My solution to this is to use a DT Swiss RWS skewer, which allows for a higher clamping force than a traditional QR.

Pictured is a Weirwolf 2.55" tire. This or the Bontrager XDX 2.1" will be the go to tires for the build. The combo of huge volume with low rolling resistance is going to be perfect for the bike's use. The tire measures a full 60mm on this rim at 35psi.

I really like the look of this shot. Seeing the ends of the hub is a little weird, but soooo good! I look forward to looking down at this turning along for the foreseeable future. I am sold on this concept fully. If you're looking to have a rigid bike built, why not? We will be offering these wheels in whatever set up you'd like. Pofahl is getting a fork made for me, in addition to the winter project. Stop on in if you'd like to see this set up in person. Cheers.

6 comments:

Guitar Ted said...

Nice! I really like that WeirWolf on the Gordo. Nice and wide!

Seems like a smart option for rigid 29"ers. You get strength and ride quality without the full weight penalty of uspension, and we won't even bring up maintenance.

Marty said...

oh! oh!


That looks niiiice.

Ben said...

Thank you gentlemen. Wait 'til you see it in person. The pictures don't quite do it justice. It's yummy.

jimmythefly said...

Niiice. Do you have some tandem or DH width hub up your sleeve for the rear? Does chainline get all wrong, or is there some other reason that 29ers seem to be sticking with 135?

Ben said...

No tandem or DH hub. If I was going "normal" gears it would be a SS or 6 spd type rear hub with 6, 8 spd cogs and a double front. The wheel for this one is the Roholff wheel talked about earlier in the blog. It shares many of the redeeming qualities of this hub, wide, tall flanges, even spoke tension, and bullet proof reliability. Makes for an expensive wheelset, but figuring that it is the entire drive train as well, it balances out. Damn they look good together as well.

Wide rear hubs suffer from poor chain line, increased cost, and heal clearance issues. I ride predominantly SS, so normal gears are not a big deal for most of my riding. This bike is going to be special.

Cellarrat said...

sweet just answered my own question...