A strong foundation is important for many things in life, including bikes! Bike hubs are an integral part of your bike's foundation, both for the front and rear wheels. Hubs connect to the wheel's rim through the spokes and through the axel enabling the wheel to spin freely on the bearings.
With bad hubs, there's no riding, period. You can check out the selection of bike hubs from Crimsonbikes here, but allow us to briefly explain some important details that might make your shopping experience easier.
These tubular body hobs are usually made of metal and have a set of bearings attached at each end. Front hubs feature a wheel axle through the body and have bearings on either end, they may be secured to the fork or the frame using bolts or fast-release clamps depending on the bike.
Some front hubs will feature disc mounts for disc brake rotors (typically more common in mountain bike hubs, but sometimes for road bikes as well).
Nearly all bikes will feature a freewheel on the drive side of the hub. A metal tube, usually aluminum or steel, is inserted into the cassette or sprocket and contains the pawls which make that iconic "clicking" sound you're used to when coasting a bicycle. While that sound might seem cosmetic, the number of pawls (clicks) can be factored into riders when upgrading rear hubs. Fewer pawls mean the mechanism can handle more torque.
Finding The Right Hubs
Hubs are not the first thing many people think of during an upgrade phrase, but they can make a noticeable difference. Of course, lighter weight hubs and better bearings will make a ride go more smoothly, but which brand of hub make for the right upgrade will depend on several factors including what type of bike, how you ride, your budget and your axle dimensions to name a few.
The experts here at Crimsonbikes can help you make the right decision. We carry high-end hubs from brands like All-City, Campagnolo, Crank Brother, DT Swiss, Hope and more.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out and ask our team for some guidance!