Noisy hubs when freewheeling

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Steelchap, 19 Oct 2017.

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  1. Steelchap

    Steelchap Regular

    Location:
    London
    Hi,

    I'm looking to buy a new bike and add to the frameset myself. My main concern is avoiding buzzing hubs, like the Hope hubs on Mavic wheels. I've currently got some very old Shimano hubs on my road bike, that are sweet and silent.

    I was just wondering if there were any known hubs that ran silent among current wheelsets? Or is it just something common to modern hubs that they make this noise?

    Cheers for any advice

    P
     
  2. Threevok

    Threevok Four Sprung Pork Technik

    Location:
    South Wales
    Why don't you like the noise?

    I have Pro-4's on both my bikes (one of which I commute on) and you don't even notice it after a while.
     
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  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    My Novatec hubs are ticky, I like the noise, but nowhere near as loud as some on Mavic like the Ksyrium Elite (on a Boardman on the Sunday London ride)

    If getting handbuilt wheels, speak to Spa or DCR say fur examples of quiet(er) hubs
     
    Last edited: 19 Oct 2017
  4. Jason

    Jason Senior Member

    Location:
    Carnaby Street
    I'm with the OP on this, my cheap Shimano wheels are silent, and yet folks pay for noisy hubs? why?
    I don't understand it :-)
     
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I like the fact peds on shared paths can hear me coming
     
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  6. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    The Novatec hubs on my PX (Which I rode Sunday) are clicky.
    The Novatec hubs on my VN are near silent.
    They are identical hubs except one is disc brake (noisy), the other not.
     
  7. Gary E

    Gary E Veteran

    Location:
    Hampshire
    Why are you freewheeling??? :laugh:
     
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  8. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Erm because I slow down on shared paths when there's a ped, and can anticipate and don't always need to brake
     
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  9. Gary E

    Gary E Veteran

    Location:
    Hampshire
    I know what the OP is on about - some wheel manufacturers seem to make a special effort to make their wheels especially noisy. OK if it doesn't bother you but irritating if you let it get under your skin.

    Although I can think of one very good use for noisy hubs - on the very rare occasion that I manage to scalp someone, imagine how much more humiliated my victim would be! Not only has he been bested by an overweight old guy, the old guy is doing it while freewheeling :becool:
     
  10. Threevok

    Threevok Four Sprung Pork Technik

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    South Wales
    I prefer the almost instantaneous engagement you get from a Hope Pro 4 freewheel, plus you can remove the freehub by hand.

    Try that with a Shimano
     
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  11. Jason

    Jason Senior Member

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    Carnaby Street
    That doesn't mean anything to me - I push on the pedals and the wheels go round. when i stop pedalling, the wheels turn in near silence.
    My question still stands - why do manufacturers make noisy hubs, and why do cyclists like them?
     
  12. Threevok

    Threevok Four Sprung Pork Technik

    Location:
    South Wales
    The more pawls a freewheel has, the better the engagement. Cyclists like this, but it also makes them noisier
     
  13. Jason

    Jason Senior Member

    Location:
    Carnaby Street
    thank you :-)
     
  14. Threevok

    Threevok Four Sprung Pork Technik

    Location:
    South Wales
    Btw - when I say it makes them noisier - I meant the hubs (although some Hope owners do like to shout about it :whistle:)

    The main reasons I swapped though were for ease of axle conversion and serviceability
     
  15. Yellow Saddle

    Yellow Saddle Veteran

    Location:
    Loch side.
    All noisy freewheels except Chris King can be silenced with grease.

    Chris King hubs cost so much that their owners feel they have to make a song and dance about it and this they do by buzzing when freewheeling. The sound is so sought after that there's even a cellphone ringtone with the King buzz.

    Campag is noisy out the box too, but the cure is once more, some grease.
     
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