HOPE III rear hub freewheel cassette body problems

Nov 14, 2009
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I had some nice road wheels with HOPE III hubs built up for me last year. I run a Shimano 10spd Ultegra cassette on the rear. I have found that the smaller cogs(13,14,15T) have dug into the rear hub freewheel body splines by up to 2mm. Hence they jam on and take some force to rotate back and remove. Eventually the cogs will work their way right through the splines and spin on the freewheel body!

I wrote to HOPE UK about this and they basically told me that I should only run cassettes with alloy carriers on HOPE III hubs, not steel ones. Given all shimano cassettes do not fit this requirement, what are my options here? They suggest I replace their alloy freewheel body with a steel one. May as well choose a different hub then.

I also run White Industry hubs on some other wheels. They have Ti freehub body, so no issues with steel cassettes.

So avoid an alloy freehub on your next expensive hubs!

Comments?
 
purpletezza said:
I had some nice road wheels with HOPE III hubs built up for me last year. I run a Shimano 10spd Ultegra cassette on the rear. I have found that the smaller cogs(13,14,15T) have dug into the rear hub freewheel body splines by up to 2mm. Hence they jam on and take some force to rotate back and remove. Eventually the cogs will work their way right through the splines and spin on the freewheel body!

I wrote to HOPE UK about this and they basically told me that I should only run cassettes with alloy carriers on HOPE III hubs, not steel ones. Given all shimano cassettes do not fit this requirement, what are my options here? They suggest I replace their alloy freewheel body with a steel one. May as well choose a different hub then.

I also run White Industry hubs on some other wheels. They have Ti freehub body, so no issues with steel cassettes.

So avoid an alloy freehub on your next expensive hubs!

Comments?
Yep, too many hub makers use aluminum for low weight and cost and you see the result. Either use a ti, steel or deep splined aluminum but Hope is as guilty as a lot of other hub makers using soft, shallow ALU freehub bodies.
 

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