Thecopterdr wrote:This may have been covered in one of the 79 pages on this topic...
What do you guys do for a front hub? I'm looking to get a pair of 19inch rims together for my Enduro project and keep running into problems.
Regarding the front wheel hub, Are guys just drilling the spoke holes bigger to fit the thicker spokes or what?
If I look at a moto hub then there are issues fitting a bicycle brake rotor (Different bolt pattern)
Any ideas? Cheers
Not all hubs can be drilled for thick spokes due not enough material around.
I know exactly cheap in price and good in quality hub which is good for drilling. It is Novatec 32H 20mm through axle (40usd). This hub is used by QS company making front wheels, 32H version. I recommend it if you don't have hub yet. 32H version is for sure drilled without problem for thicker spokes. 36H version too can be drilled.
Personally myself have abovementioned 36H hub version and I think that holes can be safely drilled/increased a little bit to accept 2,6mm / 13G spokes, but I use standard bicycle 2mm / 14G spokes for my front wheel.
Regarding 32H hub. You can increase holes to accept 2,6mm / 13G and possibly thicker. Drilling (0 usd), need thicker spokes (about 18usd).
On the other hand.
Regarding 36H hub. I keep it with regular 2mm / 14G spokes as this wheel is stronger than 32H.
If bicycle rim than I don't see why not use 14G with 36H bub without any modification. As you go with mc rim than you better with 2,6mmm spokes and 32H version due hub having more material around flanges after drilling. But if you can get only 36H rims than possibly 36H hub will work too.
Find out possible spoke max hole size, hols number,and decide on spokes size before parts buy.
Regarding cheap motorcycle hub. They are massive in size and most importantly in weight. There two to choose from good and cheap pit bike aluminum hub (prices range from 35usd to 52usd.) but you don't put it in bicycle fork without modification and they are only in 32H versions. and weight almost twice than what bicycle hub weights but are bullet prove therefore they are good into rear fork with powerful mid drive motor possibly together with pit bike alum rim in size 17" 1,6" rim (40usd). Nevertheless these pitbike RIMS are not any good for hub motor due hub motor having 36H. And yes, different brake rotor holes pattern for bicycle brake rotor therefore adapter needed.