Shimano LX Hubs Hub

DESCRIPTION

Shimano LX

USER REVIEWS

Showing 1-10 of 146  
[Jun 28, 2015]
KAcper
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Weight, smooth, very good factory adjustment.

Weakness:

Shimano.

I've laced wheels.
Front: Shimano HB-T670, Sapim D-Light, Mavic A 319.
Rear: Shimano FH-T670, Sapim Race, Mavic A 319.

Hubs are smoother than Quando, but Cris King Classic that I have in the other wheelset are better. Especialy on engagement and smoothness.

By the cost. Whole Kellys (Qando hubs) wheelset was $100, wheels on Shimano were $250, while Cris King hubs were $700.

I think that LX hubs are worth it's price.

Similar Products Used:

Quando, Cris King

[Nov 20, 2008]
lebikerboy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Hubs are able to be rebuilt because they're cup and cone.

Weakness:

LX free hub is crappy compared to XT.

This bike belongs to my friends wife who has owned it since new. She's not a stickler for maintenance so it's been a fairly big job to return it to new or better quality. The front hubs just required cleaning and new grease. The rear needed polishing of the races, new bearing and grease. Also, the free hub was partially seized so it was changed to XT.
All in all pretty good for a hub set that's seen no service for ten years!

Similar Products Used:

Too many to list.

[Oct 04, 2008]
Barkleyfan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5

I've been riding this setup for 10 years, I weigh 240lbs, and the hubs have never even been lubed. Standing up to a Clyde like me for 10 years is impressive for any component. Doing so without being maintained properly is a statement.
These wheels are light enough for XC, yet sturdy enough for all mountain, engagement is quick and crisp, and the only sound from my bike going sown the trail is the hum of the tread, and a little chain slap.

Well worth the money spent. LX components have always been a reliable workhorse group, while remaining at a replaceable pricepoint.

[Jun 06, 2003]
Alex
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very smooth cup and cone bearings. Cones made of a very good instrumental grade steel, and they have borozon treated racing surfaces, that contributes to these hubs' over all longevity.
Labirint rubber seals completely isolate water and dust from getting into hubs' innards.

Weakness:

Shimano manufacturer put very little grease in these hubs. This grease is rather suited for concervation against the rust, rather than for the lubrication.

This is review for 2002 Shimano LX (HB-M563 Front & FH-565 Parallax Rear) hubs. This is a very good product for non demanding riding applications e.g. long distance commute. They look quite bulky but who cares?
I wouldn't advise to use them for pure MTB applications, but forXC riding they're just fine.
I rode these hubs for over 3K mi without any problems.
I repacked and readjusted its bearing after every 1k mi as a general PM procedure. Just rims wear and failure forced me to switch to spokeless Teny Rim wheelset with sealed cartridge bearings.
I can give one practical advise on these Shimano LX hubs.
As soon as you get them, unscrew its cones and flush out old grease.
Put a plenty of new grease preferably with PTF (e.g. Super Lube at $4 a tube). Readjust cup and cone berings without overtightening them.
Leave just a slight axual play before putting the wheelset the on a bike. When you fully tighten up the skewers, hubs' axual play should go away.
This simple measure will prevent hub damage in a long run.
Some people in their reviews complained about damaged cones and cups. It's a direct result of over tightening the hubs.
This Shimano rear hub have reliable cassette body. Its ratchet mechanism worked flawlesly over a year, although it has only two pawls in it. Some better quality cassette bodies have at least three pawls in its
ratchet mechanisms.
I would advise everybody to periodically libricate rear hub's rachet mechanism with Finish Line Wet lubricant (green cap bottle) as well. The bottom line - buy these hubs but try to chose best rims you can afford with them.
I would say these hubs deserve four solid flaming chilis for its performance and quality.
I can't give them all five chilis 'cause they're loosing big to cartridge bearing hubs I'm riding now.


Similar Products Used:

Different kinds of generic hubs and other Chinese POS.

[May 21, 2003]
Ben Wichterman
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

They are inexpensive and work well for their intended usage.

Weakness:

None that I can see for a product in this price range.

OK, I checked over a lot of reviews written about these hubs and the word seems to be that they are junk. However, I have experienced none of the problems that other riders seems to have had. I live in MN and I ride only during spring, summer and fall. I don't ride in the snow and I stay out of the rain and mud for the most part. This is the second season I have been using these hubs on XC trails with moderate drops. I weigh 145lbs and I ride fairly aggressively. I have not serviced these hubs yet during my use. They have several hundred miles on trails and a couple hundred miles indoor training on them. I think they work great for what they cost. They were a huge improvement over what came stock on my bike. I don't think these hubs were designed to take major beatings so maybe if your into big drops and extremely aggressive riding, look past these and go for XT or probably better XTR.

Similar Products Used:

Cheap, low end, shimano hubs that came stock on bike.

[Mar 20, 2006]
Eric
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, and strong!

Weakness:

None yet

These are the lightest hubs I've seen in a long time. I beat mine in an urban,dj,trials way and they probably arent designed for this but they are holding up remarkibly.

[Nov 28, 2001]
miha
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

it is black

Weakness:

the bolts came loose and are doing that ever since

rear shimano hubs suck big time. i have had this one for 21 days and its already loose.I fastened the bolts on the axel so the wheel was barely rolling, but them litle suckers came loose again. It seems like this hub is even worse than acera and alivio. I ll be damn if I buy any shimano part again, thy disappoint me ewery time. I assure you i am not the agressive tipe of a rider, I just like to go fast down the slope and do not have the balls to drop more than 2 m (ca.6ft) with my frame. Shimano parts are all lite, but not as lite as weak - I ve broken almost everything cheeper than very expensive they make and it is a shame!!!!!!!!

PS:excuse my spelling

Similar Products Used:

acera, alivio

[Dec 02, 2001]
rod atkinson

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

The front hub is great never had a problem with it and it had been beaten hard

Weakness:

the rear hub sucks large

the rear hub is not even worth using as a paper weight i have had nothing but probs. with it ever since i got it
time for somthing new the clutch has broken 4 times now and the first was on a biking trip in france i went to see the tour de france and missed it because of this

Similar Products Used:

I have always used shimano but i thingk that this is the last time

[Oct 29, 2001]
Jim Jones
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1

Pretty weak product. I smacked the front end not going too fast and the axle bent and ripped through the bearings. Now the hub is pretty much worthless. I will not get LX hubs again.

[Jul 17, 2002]
Alex
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Really good rear hub (silent clutch, of course) for trials, if you don't have much money to buy expensive Hope hubs. For it is a roller (i don't know how it is exactly called in english, i mean it's silent clutch :) ). It won't break after pedal kick etc.

Weakness:

Maybe its axis is weak a little bit. One of my friends used it rather intensively for about 10 months (pedal kicks, 2 meters drops etc), at last its axis broke. But everything except the axis was almost new, so he just bought an old LX hub and change a broken axis with the axis from the old one

Really good & rather inexpensive hub for amateur trials ride

MTBR Newsletter

Get the latest mountain bike reviews, news, race results, and much more by signing up for the MTBR Newsletter

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2021 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.