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WTB LaserDisc Lite Rear Hub (discontinued)

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Mostly a good way

The Good:

Lasts and lasts
Fairly light
Quite inexpensive

The Bad:

Very soft cassette body

Overall Review:

These came on a bike that I purchased in 2009, that previously existed as a demo bike. So, they have been, um, well-loved. I've ridden thousands of miles on them.  I enjoy chunk and rocks, but do not send myself flying into the air.  I rode this hub without doing anything, but spokes started breaking with alarming regularity.  I rebuilt the wheel with new spokes, same hub.  It is still spinning quite smoothly.  I live in the wondrously dry southern California area, so I cannot say much about riding through bogs.

The down side is (and perhaps this is true for all hubs) that the aluminum freehub body gets notched by the cassette.  Removing a cassette is an exercise in patience and willpower, plus having a variety of repurposed tools to remove the cassette.

I will continue to use these into the foreseeable future.


Product WTB LaserDisc Lite Rear Hub
Riding Type Cross Country, Trail
Hub Body Material Cold-forged, fully machined aluminium hub shell
Cassette Body Material Alloy freehub
Rear Axle 12mm x 135mm
Bearing Type Stainless steel sealed cartridge
Hole Count 28 or 32 hole options
Disc Mount Type 6 Bolt
Colors Black
Weight 0 lb 6.2 oz (175 g)
Miscellaneous WTB LaserDisc Lite Rear Hub 2011.
Power transfer is driven through six, double-sided stainless pawls, totaling 12 points of engagement.
Price $67.41
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