Urban Velo

Chub Hub

The most distinctive fixed hub ever is back. After a roughly 5 year hiatus from the scene, the oversize carbon shelled Chub Hub has reappeared under new management and development, this time with a front hub to match. The giant flange is supposedly for increased torsional stiffness and whatnot, but no doubt this form has a lot of fashion behind it.

Function. High flanges do have precedence in terms of strength and stiffness, with the math to go behind it. At 101mm, these are the biggest flanges around. It’s all about the slightly shorter spoke and the more tangential direction of the spoke tension on the hub flange. Spokes are under less load and arguably less likely to break, but in reality spoke quality has progressed to the point where breakage under load isn’t much worried about. Manufacturing quality is evident in the ultra-smooth sealed bearings, giant M10 titanium bolts, knurled steel axle ends and smooth fixed/fixed threading. For as huge as it looks, the hub and bolts are all of 296g making it on par with other high flange hubs. The matching 96g minimalist front hub shares the overall feel, but with smaller M6 bolts.

For a proper over-the-top build I chose the black on black Chub decal set, Velocity ELVS Deep-V rims with black DT spokes and brass nipples. Laced 3x on the rear wheel and 2x on the front wheel, this led to a difference of about 2mm in spoke length front to rear. Building with quality, straight parts is not to be underestimated – this was an easy set to bring up to tension and keep it all in true. The cog and lockring both went on nice and smooth, as they should on hubs like this.

If you like the aesthetics, there is nothing like it. And now after a few weeks of service I can say they ride like the high-end hubs they are. They roll smooth, don’t have any perceptible side to side bearing slop and the confidence in it holding in place with those giant bolts has proven true. Even in hardened steel track ends I’ve found the rear Chub to stay put where I tend to jar other hubs out of place save for BMX-style tensioners. The rear hub is even easily convertible between 120mm and 130mm rear spacing by switching out the axle ends. My only complaint at this point is about those smaller M6 bolts on the front hub, or more-so the 4mm hex key interface. While I’ve not experienced any problems, I’d much rather it was a 5- or even 6mm wrench interface just for peace of mind.

Chub hubs are completely excessive. 101mm flanges? Carbon fiber shell? Titanium axle bolts? You don’t need this hub, but you very well may want it. This is classic high end bike nerd stuff. Form and function. Available for $225 rear / $90 front, rollin’ on 101′s comes at a price.

14 Comments

  1. adamNovember 17, 2008 at 11:07 am

    In the future I would recommend building the rear 2x rather than 2x, as it gives a more perpendicular spoke/rim angle.

  2. adamNovember 17, 2008 at 11:08 am

    err rather than 3x, i mean.

  3. ZlogNovember 17, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Oooh I got one of the old ones. Do the new ones have issues with the bearings like the old ones do?

  4. ChrisNovember 19, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Great article, def gonna pick up a pair of these.

  5. Urban Velo does the Chub | the HiveNovember 24, 2008 at 10:50 am

    [...] The Urbans Veloists (sp?) got their hands on some Chubs.  Take a look at what they had to say here. [...]

  6. Hardcourt Bike Polo » Blog Archive » Chub Hubs at TrackstarDecember 16, 2008 at 2:57 am

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  7. RossDecember 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Yes, but where can I find them?

  8. OliJune 3, 2009 at 8:19 am

    hey, yeah, i checked out the new chub hubs at 14 bike co. off brick lane. they are awesome. friendly people in the shop too.

  9. jelloJune 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    these things are retarded. they should come with a hole in the head cuz that’s about how much sense they make.

  10. rick the rulerSeptember 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    do you have any evidence that they dont make sense?

  11. vicJanuary 23, 2011 at 12:17 am

    i just want to add another high end accessory on to my baby and i think this sweet hub will do the trick… .. .

  12. the hive » Blog Archive » Urban Velo does the ChubSeptember 16, 2012 at 1:15 am

    [...] behind it.” – Urban Velo 11/17/2008 Take a look at the rest of what they had to say here.  Chub.   The hive is a proud member of the International MT…port & race Organizers [...]

  13. Josef NelsonApril 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    how good are they for velodrome racing?

  14. Hiram RodríguezMay 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

    You have avaible the front and rear hub, both 24 holes in black.

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