I have been racing on a prototype of my narrow aero front hub for five years. With a deep section rim the spoke bracing angle is similar to a shallow rim on a regular hub, giving a wheel with good lateral stiffness, but a small frontal area for aerodynamic efficiency. I recommend these hubs being built with the Enve 6.7 and 8.9 rims. Machined by C4 in California.
English Aero front:
A narrow flanged, straight pull front hub designed to be built into a deep section aero rim. Airfoil end caps for maximising aerodynamics along with the reduced frontal area. Carbon fibre bearing covers, adjustable pre-load. 16h (red or black) and 20h (black).
English Aero rear:
Designed to match the front hub. Flanged drive, straight pull non-drive spoking, Campagnolo or Shimano/SRAM. 24h and 28h.
For shallow front rims (such as the Alpha 340 and Enve 1.25 or 3.4), this is a 55g straight pull front hub to match the rear. 20h.
Carbon and aluminum handles with titanium rods.
Extralite of Italy have chosen their name with good reason – in many categories they truly are the lightest out there. Careful engineering and material choices result in super light parts that perform.
At 49 grams this is very light front hub, but it still features reasonable sized bearings and a pre-load adjuster, making it suitable for training as well as race wheels. This hub can be mated to a rim of your choice from Enve or elsewhere to make a superb lightweight wheel.
- WEIGHT: 49g
- PRICE: $198
- PRICE (with Enduro hybrid ceramic bearings): $260
At 135g this is about the lightest rear hub I know of. It uses straight pull spokes on the drive side to allow for high tension with lightweight flanges, and regular J-bend spokes on the non-drive side. Shimano or Campagnolo freehub body.
- WEIGHT: 135g
- PRICE: $525
- PRICE (with Enduro hybrid ceramic bearings): $640
Alchemy take an uncompromising engineering approach to their hubs. In 2009 they introduced the ELF (extra light front) hub, which offers larger bearings than most ‘lightweight’ hubs, a wide flange width for stiffness and yet still a very compeitive weight. This has been followed up with the rear ORC hub, which features a unique fifth bearing between the cassette body and the hub shell to deliver a super smooth, stiff, durable hub. Machined in Colorado, USA.
ELF front hub:
Smooth bearings, oversize axle, widely spaced flanges. And light!
- WEIGHT: 66g
- PRICE: $180
- BEARING UPGRADE (F1 Hybrid Ceramic): $50
ORC-UL rear hub
Where to start with this one? Five bearings, including an oversize unit directly connecting the freehub body with the hub shell. Oversized axle and flanges designed to maximise right offset (thus getting the best bracing angle possible on the cassette side) for a strong, stiff wheel.
- WEIGHT: 194g
- PRICE: $440
- BEARING UPGRADE (F1 Hybrid Ceramic): $150
Chris King needs no introduction; the quality of their product, from headsets to hubs and now even to bottom brackets, is key to their reputation. Being made in an environmentally friendly manner in Portland, Oregon (just up State from English Cycles!) only adds to the attraction. Their road hubs, which offer durability and flexibility (wide choice of drillings and colors) in a fairly low weight package, complement their long running standard and mountain series.
R45 front hub
Typical Chris King construction and finish with low friction seals. 10 color options and 5 year warranty.
R45 rear hub
This hub uses a titanium 45 tooth ringdrive for fast engagement, low friction seals and the usual Chris King high precision construction and 5 year warranty.
(currently only available with Shimano/SRAM freehub body)