Hubs: 

The hub is the heart of your wheel set. It's your first consideration when deciding upon your ultimate custom build. There are lots of choices and Cognoscenti Cycles has chosen the absolute best hub manufacturers in the world to enable you to build up a perfect pair of wheels for whatever cycling discipline you favour.  At the present time we have partnered with Chris King, Industry Nine, Project 321, White Industries, Extralite, Hope Tech, Onyx, DT Swiss, Paul, Rohloff, Phil Wood, Stealth, Trailmech, Tune, Syntace, Power Tap, Mack,  SON, Kappius Components, Curtis Odom, SP Dynamo, Royce, Gokiso and Hadley Racing Products. These companies represent the very best hubs available today and the number of diverse models is incredible! 

Below is a list of pretty much every hub option currently available, listed in alphabetical order. I have only given the briefest of summations on each hub manufacturer, so please visit their websites for more information if needed. 

 

 

  • Acros: This German company produces numerous bicycle parts, hubs being just one of them. Their hubs are CNC machined from either 7075 or AL7000 series aluminium. The bearings are double sealed stainless steel with 5 pawls and 30 points of engagement on the MTB hubs and 6 pawls and 60 points of engagement on the road hubs. . Numerous axle configurations are available with either 135mm or 142 mm axle lengths. The flanges are drilled for standard J bend spokes on some hubs as well as straight pull spokes on others. All of their disc hubs use a standard 6 bolt configuration for the rotor. Available in black red or blue colour.
  • Aivee: These hubs are made in France and were designed in cooperation with the French company Asterion. They are made from a solid stock of 7075 T6 aluminium and are available for road and mountain bikes. They run on double sealed Ezo bearings and the free hub has 3 pawls with 30 points of engagement. They have hub designs for straight pull spokes as well as regular J bend spokes. Their MTB hubs are available in 135 & 142 mm widths. Various colours available upon request.
  • BOR:  Another German company that produces high quality mountain bike hubs. The flanges are designed for standard J bend spokes and the disc rotors are affixed by a standard 6 bolt configuration. Available in several axle configurations and colours. 
  • Boyd Cycling: This American company has a single hubset which is made completely in the USA, and is called "Eternety". It incorporates some unique and desirable design features. Bearing placement is quite wide which adds strength. Rolling resistance is reduced by the use of high quality Enduro 5 stainless steel sealed bearings. The freehub is made from titanium for reduced weight and far greater longevity than any type of aluminium. Their use of a dual axle design on the rear hub has a claimed 50% reduction in drag. Spoke hole offerings are from 20 to 32 hole and the finish is either silver or black. As of spring 2017 it appears that Boyd have ceased production of this hub. I am not sure if they will once again offer it, or a version of it, but i'll keep you posted. 
  • Carbon Ti: This Italian company designs hubs that offer both road and mountain bike with the newer "boost" width.  There is a large selection of hubs in both straight pull and standard J bend spokes. They have possibly the lightest front hub on the market weighing in at an incredible 58 grams!  All disc brake options are a standard 6 bolt interface. Note that their non disc road hubs are for straight pull spokes only. Numerous colour options exist for the colour obsessed!
  • Campagnolo: Tulio Campagnolo was the inventor of the Quick Release skewer, so hubs were his entry into the world of light weight racing components. Since around 1952 Campagnolo has produced high quality racing hubs, their current version being no exception. If your are riding Campagnolo, you are in good hands with their latest iteration of the Record hub. Available in 32 spoke holes only in a black finish and with an alloy freehub. A ceramic ball bearing upgrade is available. Weight is 231 grams.
  • Chris King: Chris King's hubs stand out as exceptional and are very popular. The R45 is their top end hub, with a slightly tamer version of their angry bee buzzing sound that comes from their specifically designed freehub. These beautifully made sealed bearing hubs come in several eye catching colours and spoke hole drillings from 24 to 32 holes. If you are looking to build a very special set of racing wheels for your all-round “go fast bike” then look no further.
  • Chub: These hubs come from an American design team from California. Working under the name "The Hive", they have now merged with e13. Chub hubs are available for both road and off road applications. Their design takes advantage of gigantic flange sizes and carbon centres. The hubs are affixed to the frame by the use of titanium m10 bolts.  They advertise an intended use for single speed cross country cyclists and trail racing. 
  • Circus Monkey: This Taiwanese company has a number of different hub options for the MTB and road/fixie crowd. Plenty of colour options keep the visuals strong. Hub shells are machined from AL 6061 and there are now 6 palls in the free hub. They are very inexpensive, so people on a budget might want to take a look at whats on offer. At those prices they probably are not going to out live you, but they'll keep you on the road for now, in flashy colours no less.
  • Curtim Odom: Curtis Odom is a designer of wonderful retro inspired road and track hubs. If you are familiar with such British classic hubs like Airlite then you will immediately see where Curtis has drawn his inspiration from.  He also has a very nice bearing design with his Magneto hubs. These use a similar bearing to the now defunct french hub manufacturer Maxi Car, considered by some to have made the ultimate bicycle hub. Curtis' hubs are made in limited quantities so, if this is what you desire, best to give yourself some lead time for delivery.
  • DT Swiss:  DT Swiss is probably as famous for it's high quality spokes as it is for it's other components. Their sealed bearing hubs are unique in design and provide many useful options. Their 240's are great hubs for almost any cycling discipline.  For the speed demons out there, their line of ceramic bearing 180 hubs can't be easily beat. Perfect for the road racer, time trial specialist, audax rider or triathlete. Very light weight with superb bearings.
  • E13: This company has put their energies into building a high quality hub fit for both downhill and freeride/bike park devotees.  Their LG1R hubset utilises large flanges and a carbon fibre centre for strength and weight considerations.  
  • Erdmann: Road hubs using 4 sealed bearings and  3 pawls. Available in several bright colours. 
  • Extralite: An Italian company producing hubs for both road and mountain bikes. They produce hubs favouring both a J bend spoke as well as straight pull spokes. All of their disc brake hubs have a standard 6 bolt interface. The alloy hub shells are made from a special 7075TX material and are very light weight. Option for Hybrid ceramic bearings.  
  • Gokiso: This company has the distinction of making the most expensive hub on the market. Their very unique hubs take their technology and expertise from the aerospace industry. Their patented design concentrates on minimising all rolling resistance by compensating for all axle deflection brought about by vibration. They have an incredible titanium version that looks like nothing I have seen before. Available from 24 to 36 hole drillings with ceramic sealed bearings. Check out their movie explaining their patented design. 
  • Grand Compe:  The Grand Compe Pro track hubset bares the official "NJS" stamping.  This designates it as an officially approved piece of cycling gear worthy of the best pro track cyclists in Japan. Shimano Dura Ace also enjoy this coveted seal of approval. The Grand Compe Pro track hub has sealed bearings and is polished to a near mirror finish. Available in a double fixed configuration. 
  • Hadley Racing Products:  At the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains is the town of Upland California, home of Hadley Racing Products. This company has been turning out high quality hubs for several years and they have a loyal following. In this age of hyper information Hadley is almost invisible. They have no website, no Facebook page and no Instagram account. Despite their non existent advertising Hadley remains busy building some really lovely hubs. They employ some desirable features like a titanium freehub and a 4 pawl set up with 72 points of engagement, compatible with either a 10 or 11 speed cassette and a standard 6 bolt disc interface. When its time to service these hubs no special tools are required. Available in 32 or 36 hole counts in 5 different colours. Black, silver, blue, red and gold to suit your fancy. 
  • Hope Tech:  This British company makes a large cross section of different hubs, including those for MTB, BMX, road, trials and Fatbikes. Their road hubs use stainless steel sealed cartridge bearings and are Campagnolo/Shimano compatible from 9 through 11 speeds. MTB hubs are use a 6 bolt disc brake interface. A 150mm and 148mm "Boost" version is available. At this time it appears that all hubs are a black colour and use J bend spokes only. 
  • Industry Nine Componentry: My favourite hubs from this company are the Torch "Classic" series. They all incorporate a standard J bend spoking option which I personally prefer. This series has a road, mountain, cyclocross and Fatbike hub, most with a  6 bolt disc brake option. Available in a handful of eye popping colours with numerous axle configurations as well as drillings of 28 or 32 holes. Hybrid ceramic bearings are available as well. 
  • Kappius Components: Kappius have created several excellent innovations. Their hubs incorporate  240 points of engagement with a 60 tooth drive ring and 8 pawls that use rare earth magnets instead of conventional springs. This design must be one of the quickest of engagement times of any hub manufacturer today. Kappius use Enduro angular contact bearings and some of their hubs use a carbon fibre centre with alloy flanges. Spoke drillings are 28 holes only. 6 bolt disc brake friendly.  
  • Mack:  Mack hubs are made in the town of Tyczyn in Poland. They make beautiful custom made hubs for track, road and MTB. Due to their custom nature there are many different possible options available. Spoke hole drillings start at 12 holes and go up to 36 holes. A very large choice of colours exist as well. Rear axle spacing for road hubs are available from 120mm up to 135mm. MTB hubs incorporate a 6 bolt disc brake interface and sealed bearings. Track hubs are available with a double sided option to run two different cog sizes. Hub shells are cut from 7075T6 alloy stock. If you want something very special a custom order could take some extra time, so keep that in mind.
  • November Nimbus Ti:  The Nimbus Ti hub is actually made by White Industries and shares many features of the lovely White Industries T11 hubs. The Nimbus Ti hubs could be considered a budget version of the White Industry T11 hubs, by virtue of some cost cutting measures  employed to make a more affordable hub. The shape of the hub has been simplified and they are available in only one colour, silver. Laser etching has replaced the more costly machined logos. They are available in 24, 28 and 32 hole versions. 
  • Odyssey:  Odyssey makes very affordable hubs for the BMX rider. One piece alloy shells made from 7075-T6 aluminium with sealed cartridge bearings. A small range of colours are available.  If you are putting together some BMX wheels with a limited budget you might want to take a look at these hubs. 
  • Onyx Racing Products: Onyx Racing hubs use a "Sprag" system that gives you instant engagement with very low drag and a silent running hub. Their use of hybrid ceramic bearings ensures ultra smooth running. They provide hubs for MTB, BMX, Downhill, cyclocross, road, track, and Fat bikes in virtually every axle length currently available. The disc options are standard 6 bolt and Shimano's centre lock. All hubs in an assortment of various bold colours including custom colours for an additional up charge.  An awesome USA made hub that leaves little to desire. 
  • Paul:  Hailing from Chico California is a small but specialised bicycle component manufacturer. They offer several different hub options. Paul has a few cool hubs on offer. Fat bike riders enjoy their Fhub 15X150. Single speed mountain bikers love their renown W.O.R.D rear hub. All their hubs are made from 6061 aluminium and come in black , polished or silver finish.  Spoke hole counts from 28 to 36. Enduro sealed bearings come standard. 
  • Phil Wood: Phil Wood began producing hubs in 1971. They have continuously evolved with new innovations & improvements to all their components. They cater to pretty much every need be it track, road, tandem, mountain bike, touring, BMX and cyclo-cross. They are also available in a multitude of cool colours. Custom options are available if required but allow for plenty of lead time. Their website is extensive so check it out and see if their hubs figure into your next set of dream wheels.
  • Power Tap: This American company has designed a wireless rear hub that enables the rider to assess his/her power output. Through a 3rd party analysis Powertap hubs have been tested and rated to be +/- 1.5% accurate. Thats pretty impressive. The Powertap G3 AMP 35/50 hub is the heart of the system. It weighs in at 325 grams and is available in 20, 24, 28 and 32 hole counts. The freehub options are for Campagnolo and Shimano. They also have a disc hub with options for a 135mm OLD with a QR or a 142mmX12mm thru-axle version. Powertap goes well beyond just making hubs and has incorporated pedals, chainrings and their Joule GPS into the works.
  • Project 321: These hubs shine for the off road crowd. The G2 MTB hub is J bend spoke friendly and has a 6 bolt disc brake interface. Available in 28 or 32 holes with an impressive newly designed freehub. Comes standard with Enduro ABEC 5 angular contact bearings. One can upgrade to ceramic if desired. Some recent new hubs include their 150mm x 12mm or the 157mm x 12mm, as well as their G2 single speed hub. Tons of bright colours to choose from! Made in the USA with a 3 year warranty. They make everything that a MTB rider might lust after. 
  • Ridea: For the fixie rider looking for a decent entry level hub, the Taiwanese made Ridea might be an option. Looks great in its all black finish with small allen key bolts to affix your hub to the frame. If you are on a bit of a budget these just might do the trick. 
  • Rideworks: This British made MTB hub is CNC machined from a solid billet of aircraft grade aluminium. Its available in a 15mm, 20mm and a QR version with rear widths of 135, 142, and 150mm.  The rear hub boasts 44 teeth in the ratchet drive for fast acceleration. Available in 28 and 32 hole drillings and several colours. Tough enough for all off road applications. 
  • Rinng: This small Japanese company seems to be concentrating mostly on high quality hubs for the BMX market these days.  I have seen a few Rinng hubs for fixed wheel machines but that is not where their energies are focused at this time. Check out their blog if your Japanese is up to snuff. 
  • Rival: This Australian company specialises in high end BMX gear. Their hubs are made from aircraft grade heat treated 6061 T6 aluminium and use Japanese Enduro sealed bearings. They also offer 120 points of engagement and their H seal system helps to keep the hubs running free of dirt. Available in gold, blue, red and black colours. 
  • Rohloff:  This German company has taken the internal hub gear into new territory. Their Speedhub 500 has 14 gears that are staggered at 13.6 % increments for even gear changes. Operated by a twist shifter on your handle bars that works with 2 separate cables for up and down shifting. You have the option of either a quick release or solid axle hub. Disc brake options are also offered. For Fat Bike riders there is the new Speedhub/14 XL that has a 170mm OLD. Flange distances have increased to strengthen the rear wheel as well as new internal components. This hub is available in 32 hole only with a beautiful black anodised finish. 
  • Royce:  In 1980 Royce was founded by Cliff Polton, a Precision Engineer with a passion for high end bicycle components. This small British firm employs only a few people but manages to turn out some of the loveliest hubs you will ever see. Made to the highest standards and polished to a mirror finish in either alloy or titanium with an option for a carbon fibre shell. If that's not enough they give you the option for a gleaming gold Titanium Nitride finish which is about is eye catching as it gets! Royce is not just about exceptional aesthetics.  Their components s have been ridden to a gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games by Chris Boardman and several other top riders have chosen to trust Royce to help put them on the podium. Their hubs cater to both road racers, MTB/cyclocross riders and track riders. Disc version's use a standard 6 bolt interface. At this time there are no thru axle options. 
  • Schmidt SON Nabendynamo: Wilfried Schmidt is the inventor of a unique front dynamo hub, the SON series of hubs. The SON Deluxe, SON 28,  and SON XS  all provide excellent lighting performance. These high quality German made hubs are a great option for either a commuter bike or a touring machine. A six bolt disc friendly version is available. They are available in several axle widths and 3 colours. 
  • Shimano Dura Ace:  The Dura Ace hub set made it's debut in the early 1970's and continues to the present day. Since day one they have been excellent value for your money. They still have the classic cup and cone design which enables easy & quick disassembly for their annual re-greasing. Classic & bomb-proof with buttery smooth bearings and a titanium cassette, they are available in 11 speed road and classic large flange or low flange track hubs. Timeless! A no-brainer.
  • SP-Dynamo: This Taiwanese made and designed front dynamo hub comes in several different variations. Both 6 bolt and centerlock breaking options are available as well as regular V brake. There are 3 main models to explore and all come in several different colours. 
  • Soma Fabrications: This San Fransisco based company has an array of colourful fixie/track hubs on offer. Nothing too fancy here, but something that will keep the budget minded fixie fiend on the road. Available in high flange 32 or 36 hole configurations with sealed cartridge bearings in a myriad of bright colours. There's even a 48 hole version called the Somax, that would build up to a near indestructible set of wheels. 
  • Stealth:  The California based "True Precision Components" are manufacturers of "Stealth" hubs. Their 3 main offerings are for MTB, BMX and road hubs. First off, their road hubs boast silent coasting and instant engagement.  The new S4 model is now 9, 10 and 11 speed Shimano compatible, with wider bearing spacing as well as better internal protection from dirt contamination. Available in 24, 28 and 32 hole versions. A 5 year warranty is offered which shows confidence in the longevity of their products. The MTB hubs come with a handy interchangeable axle design that enables you to go from a QR to 15 or 20mm through axle. The bearing preload is adjustable while the wheel is on the bike, so that it can be fine tuned perfectly. Ceramic bearings are offered as a possible upgrade.  The Stealth "Pro" BMX hub is quite popular amongst pro riders. Available in their standard configuration or a disc version. Also a 20mm model with an interchangeable axle that lets you go from a 3/8th bolt on to a 15mm Through axle. Many different colours to choose from.
  • Syntace: This high end German MTB hub looks much like many other good quality off road hubs, until you get inside. Don't let its basic black exterior fool you. The Syntace Hi-Torque MX hub makes use of a few important innovations that separate it from the others. Their patent pending design incorporates a unique system of engagement that relies on 36 tooth precision machined spur gears driven by 4 spiral springs. Syntace claim a far greater degree of strength and reliability with their design. Their 17mm butted axle and careful bearing placement guarantees maximum stiffness at a competitive weight. Adaptable to all current axle standards with removable end caps. The hub shells are machined from 7075 aluminium. 
  • Trailmech: Trailmech came into existence in 2012. Based in Poltava in the Ukraine, these hub designers and manufacturers have broken the mold with an innovative new engagement system that uses no pawls. Their award winning design is being used by the Ukrainian National MTB team at the UCI World Cup and the World Championships. Their "Vortex Ring Technology" offers just 6 degrees of rotational play. The XC hubs engagement mechanism is made from hardened tool steel and the hub shell is machined  from 7075 aluminium. Coming soon are both Enduro and Freeride/downhill versions. Trailmech offers a confidence inspiring 5 year warranty on their hubs. They are available in 4 colours, black, red, silver and blue.  Disc brakes are 6 bolt interface. 

  • Tune: Hailing from the Black Forest in Germany, Tune has been making ultra light weight bicycle parts for 25 years. On their menu is a large selection of both straight pull and J bend spoke hubs. They make hubs that would suit road bikes as well as most off road machines. Their MTB hubs sport 6 bolt disc friendly interfaces and through axle options are available. The Tune Mag 170 road hub weighs in at a mere 178 grams and uses 4 high quality sealed bearings and is available from 16 holes up to 36 holes. The freehub is Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM compatible. 
  • Via: This British company has 3 distinct hub offerings. A road hub, a cyclocross hub and a MTB hub called the "Three in One". Their road hub uses a ceramic hybrid bearing with grade 5 balls. The cassette body is crafted from 7075 aluminium.  Spoke hole drillings from 20 to 32 hole are on offer. Their cyclocross hub is 32 hole only and has a standard 6 bolt interface for a disc brake. 6 pawls and 60 tooth ratchets keep things solid and fast for engagement. Lastly, their "Three in One" MTB hub has a few features that contribute to real world versatility. Removable end caps enable a quick change to either quick release, 15mm, or 20mm thru-axle on the front, or quick release, 135mm/12mm thru-axle or 142mm/15mm thru-axle on the rear hub. All wrapped up in a black only anodised finish.  
  • Cycles Victoire: This French company produces hand made frames as well as their own line of hubs. Their first set of track hubs debuted in 2011. Their intent from day one was to make the best hub they could, sparing no expense on material costs. The hub shells are CNC machines from 7075 T6 alloy and use 6902 2RS bearings. They use a 15mm oversized axle and titanium M10 bolts to affix the hub to the frame. Their cog design borrows from a few other hub manufacturers who have chosen to opt for a splined interface rather than traditional threads. Available in 20 through 36 hole drillings and a myriad of colours. There are 3 different versions to choose from. 
  • White Industries: White Industries hubs are made in the USA.  Another high quality sealed bearing hub, that are available in road, track, tandem and MTB/cyclocross/ versions. Their track hub has a unique splined interface for the cog that will most likely never strip like conventional track hubs do on occasion. Their T11 road hub sports a titanium freehub for added durability. All their hubs are available in 24, 28 or 32 hole drillings. Their disc hubs are available in a standard 6 bolt interface or Centre Lock with various thru axle configurations. All in all an excellent choice for most any type of riding.