Re: American Classic Micro Hub
"Paul Southworth" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in messagenews:jcC_9.31523$Aemail@example.com
> Anyone tried the 68g American Classic front "Micro" hub? Any bearing slop or other problems
> with it?
I used one to build a set of "do it all" (training and racing) semi-aero wheels a couple of years
ago. After about a year or so (5000 miles total?), the tiniest amount of play had developed in the
bearings, not enough to really matter but I decided I might as well change them anyway. My LBS got
new bearings from AC for me in less than a week for about $15, and I popped them into place (a 15
min job). That eliminated the play, but then one of the new bearings quickly developed a "knock"
that was quite audible when riding, so I had to put new bearings in again. No problems after that
(wheels have since been sold).
Bottom line: I'd definitely buy the hub again, but I'd also probably keep a spare set of bearings
handy because they won't last forever. OTOH, they are so easy to change, it isn't a big deal - less
work, I'd say, than regreasing a classic cone-and-loose ball bearings hub.
Dave of Speeddream wheels apparently uses the AC Micro extensively, and has reportedly found a
source for higher quality/more durable bearings than come standard...