Front hubs for a warrior

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What have you used for front wheels specifically the hubs. Did you build your own wheels using aftermarket hubs that were threaded for the brakes, or did you go to a bike shop and just break open the wallet and buy complete rims?
 
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If you use screw on brake adapters the right-hand wheel will be fine (disc on it's left) but the left hand one (disc on it's right) will want to undo as you apply the brakes. I have used this method and glued the adapter plus bolted the disc through the hub. It's a bodge rather than a proper job but it worked fine even under extreme braking. See top picture. You really want hubs that are designed to take a disc direct not the disc screw on adapter. You'll be exceedingly lucky to find any ready made wheels that will do the job. Regular 3/8 axles will not take the strain. 12mm, 14mm, 15mm and 20mm will all be ok. Of them only the 14mm regularly comes in a 20" wheel and almost (rocking horse droppings levels of rare) never with disc brakes so it's a case of lacing a pair of suitable hubs into some 20" wheels. It looks quite daunting doing your own lacing but frankly it's simple though time consuming.



I laced a pair of each of these myself. Both 20" nominally! One with a 20mm axle and one with a 12mm.
 

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We used a pair of DMR 20mm hubs laced to a pair of second hand rims from a bmx . Alternatively 15mm hubs could be used with top hat spacers and 12mm hubs .
If you are lucky enough to find a pair of pressed steel quando disc hubs these can be modified with 14mm bmx spindles and smaller balls.

Regards Emma
 
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If you use screw on brake adapters the right-hand wheel will be fine (disc on it's left) but the left hand one (disc on it's right) will want to undo as you apply the brakes. I have used this method and glued the adapter plus bolted the disc through the hub. It's a bodge rather than a proper job but it worked fine even under extreme braking. See top picture. You really want hubs that are designed to take a disc direct not the disc screw on adapter. You'll be exceedingly lucky to find any ready made wheels that will do the job. Regular 3/8 axles will not take the strain. 12mm, 14mm, 15mm and 20mm will all be ok. Of them only the 14mm regularly comes in a 20" wheel and almost (rocking horse droppings levels of rare) never with disc brakes so it's a case of lacing a pair of suitable hubs into some 20" wheels. It looks quite daunting doing your own lacing but frankly it's simple though time consuming.



I laced a pair of each of these myself. Both 20" nominally! One with a 20mm axle and one with a 12mm.
Thanks for the info Popshot. how do you determine what length spokes to use if you use a different size hub?
 
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Dave

You don't say where you live ?

making it rather hard to give advice as to what is available and where to get it from ?

All help so far is UK based !
 
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DMR front hubs in the UK are c.£49.99 ea.
They have a 20mm bolt-through axle, but you can put a 20mm tube in there with a 2mm wall thickness and an M16 bolt through that (what I did).
They are plenty strong enough then for single-side mounting.
 
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I got 20mm hubs from China and ad first I wanted to use 20mm tube with 16mm boles and nuts, but I went for 20mm.
I let my wheels be build together by a BMX shop. He didn't ask much and he also delivered, the rims, spokes and the tubes and tires.
 
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Thanks for the replies, I'm in the USA. I'm going to check with a couple of the local bike shops to see what they would charge to build the wheels. From what parts and prices that I have found, I'm thinking it's going to be around $70 USD just for parts, for one wheel (new). I'm not sure if there's better places to buy the parts besides Ebay or Amazon, but I keep searching.
 
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Look ad mountain bikes for the hubs.

Aliexpres has them, but shipping from China is now even slower than it was.
 
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Thanks for the replies, I'm in the USA. I'm going to check with a couple of the local bike shops to see what they would charge to build the wheels. From what parts and prices that I have found, I'm thinking it's going to be around $70 USD just for parts, for one wheel (new). I'm not sure if there's better places to buy the parts besides Ebay or Amazon, but I keep searching.
Ok so I can't send you any !

We have a large Auto/cycle chain called Halfords , I found they had a bike with suitable wheels in their range.

Further investigation showed the wheels available as spares and I was able to order them to the shop ?

good hunting Paul
 
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