NAHBS 2012 – Shiny Components from White Industries
White Industries, famous for their beautiful chrome hubs, didn’t disappoint. On display at their booth were their splined track hubs. One side features their proprietary splined interface, which eliminates stripped cogs, while the other is traditionally threaded. These hubs are not necessarily new, but I hadn’t encountered them before. The hubs weigh 293 grams, and are drilled for 24, 28, 32, and 36 hole. The spindle is made of 174 stainless and cogs are available in 3/32 and 1/8th widths. Cogs are available in 13-20, previously the lowest cog was only a 14.
More awesome after the breakThe White Industries design came about as a result of a particularly gigantic rider who kept stripping hub shells. After developing this new interface, the company has not experienced any further issues. The polished chrome hub is complimented by the bronze axle nuts.
New at the show was a dual freewheel cog, perfect for those long rides, when you need a different gear ratio to get you up that long gradual climb and back home. These will be available in April and come in 20/22 combo. Like all of White Industries freewheels, these are made of 8620 steel, case hardened, and then electroless nickel plated.
Also on display at the show where new disc cassette hubs. Up top is a 130 mm spaced hub, for use on disc equipped road bikes with traditional rear spacing. Below is a new 142×12 hub, perfect for a new 29r wheelset. Both will also be available in black.
Overall, I was very impressed with White Industries offerings. In the past they’ve produced components which take a unique approach to improving existing tech, and this year was no exception. Check out the video to see how simple they’ve made the process of rebuilding their freewheels.