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 Post subject: Re: Royce Hubs
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:39 pm 
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i can answer that a bit as i have a set of these hubs.

i have 3 bikes with hope hubs, 2 of those pairs are hope pro2, brilliant hubs, no doubt about it, easy to service, look good, last well,

but, i wanted something different for my bike, "King!" i hear you say, well yeah, great hubs, available in an array of good colours, but god i hate the sound they make! that annoying freehub sound especially when setting the bike up on the stand, makes me want to be deaf!

also, with my build i wanted something english if possible, Royce was the obvious choice, i only intended to have the normal hubs, the polished silver alloy versions, i bought the racing gold ones because they are a beautiful bit of kit right the way through, from the CNC machining, to the polishing, Ti-nitriding, and the tolerance is i believe better than any other brand, also small touches like being able to grease the bearings with out stripping the hub, an ingenious old fashioned part of the design which i think is great, also, if like me you got the chance to buy them from Cliff himself, not only is he a good salesman of his product his passion for what he is doing shines through like the finish of his hubs.

there is also the individuality and poncy-ness of them aswel, i don't deny that, are they as much better as a fiesta against the ferrari? no, but if you can afford a ferrari you probably wouldn't buy the fiesta would you (for the record i think fiesta is not a fair analogy of the hope hubs but i just continued it)


 Post subject: Re: Royce Hubs
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:26 am 
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^ exactly what jonnyboy666 said! And for the record I also have 2 bikes that both have Pro IIs and they are excellent hubs. I've been mountain biking for long enough to spot a beautifully made product and there are many components I wish I could have afforded when I was younger that are now no longer manufactured. I now have the means to buy this stuff without too much worry - and so do.

The point about "Al [sic] alloy hubs look just as nice and should be lighter and just albeit made in taiwai.???? [sic]" is probably a reason that small volume, crafted CNC components are harder to come by these days (though the overall benefits of cheaper, more reliable mountain bike componentry on a large scale for the general consumer can't be denied). However, small outfits that manufacture products with passion still deserve support - especially as many innovations arise from these areas.

Yes, perhaps my analogy was a lazy one, but my point is that of course there are cheaper hubs that do a similar job (hence me clearly stating that the Royces are an extravagance etc etc). Make no mistake, I did not buy these hubs thinking they would be faster or lighter - I bought them (in addition to the other reasons listed) for their reliability, something that having amazing tollerances cartainly does contribute towards.

"When it comes to bicycle parts, I always put performance, function and cost before form and bling" - well done you, but just as you don't care what I spend my money on, nor do I care about how you go about deciding to spend yours. :)

 Post subject: Re: Royce Hubs
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:35 am 
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I am reminded of this;

"Just Because."

Stunning. I aspire to a set of (regular) Royce hubs for my Unicorn ride.

 Post subject: Re: Royce Hubs
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:52 pm 
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Rob1 wrote:
^nor do I care about how you go about deciding to spend yours. :)

good coz I don't care that you don't care.. Image

 Post subject: Re: Royce Hubs
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:14 am 
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There has to be some reason he was selling to the olympic team. And it funds the pedal car racing too. Always a laugh. I used to walk past Royce on my way to my friends house.

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