Paul Hubs (MTB)
I had the opportunity to examine the hubs that were ordered for my Moots FrostTi, which won’t be built up until mid-December 2012.
Wow. These Paul hubs are beefy, seriously strong units, and with my mechanic’s skilled treatment were customized a bit (grease, palls) for lower friction riding as well. I was very impressed and look forward to riding them.
They are not light (427g for the rear), but for a snow and sand bike with huge tires, one wants strength and durability, not stuff that requires maintainance.
Paul Components Engineering description:
The Disk RHUB 170 is a super wide cassette hub for use on fat-tire bikes with 170mm rear axle spacing.
We've partnered with Industry Nine to create a cassette hub that marries our hub shell, axle, and bearing adjustment system with their premium Mountain Freehub.
The drive mechanism has two sets of three pawls on a sixty tooth ratchet that provides 120 points of engagement at just 3°. What this translates to is a freehub that responds nearly instantaneously to rider input.
The splined freehub body is compatible with 10 speed cassettes from Shimano and SRAM, and the disk mount conforms to the 6-Bolt ISO standard.
The large solid flanges provide a solid base for wheel builds with their large diameter and nearly symmetrical spacing.
An oversized aluminum quick-release axle supports the hub on three sealed bearings, along with a massive 40mm bearing supporting the freehub.
The Disk RHUB 170 features our simple bearing adjuster ring for hassle-free maintenance. The freehub is simple to disassemble for service, and can be converted to run on just three pawls instead of six for lower drag and less noise (but with a 6° engagement).