Pacenti DL31 Rim And Hadley Hub Wheelset

27.5 Components Wheels

Bottom Line

The Hadley hubs are still smooth as silk, and the quiet rear connects up as needed, without any undue lagging. One of the tough things in reviewing these hubs is that they are hard to notice, as they’re ultra quiet and don’t seem to do anything special, and sort of blend into the background of doing their job. When you pay close attention, you discern the quality feel, smooth and fast ride without any drag, which all work in synergy for a pretty amazing hub. They aren’t the cheapest or the lightest hubs in the marketplace, but they’re certainly a bargain when compared to Chris King and Industry Nine, and their longevity gives them a good price ratio. They’re not the lightest hub, but their build quality and robustness and longevity make them a real winner.

The Pacenti DL31 offers an ideal width, which is wide enough for great stability, yet still offers quick and precise steering and cornering, with minimal effort to roll them over. The shape and design of the rims give excellent stiffness and lightness, and the steel eyelets keep the wheels in true for the long haul.

The wheelset is overbuilt and a bit portly, but who cares; they’re monster truck wheels that can run over anything without any noticeable flex, and they sail along smoothly and quietly, and have decent enough acceleration and rolling qualities. The superb Hadley hubs are smooth and drag free, and the Pacenti DL31 has an ideal width and stiffness, and together they make an excellent wheelset.

Strengths

  • Wheelset – Built tough and durable
  • Hubs – Large array of axle adapters and colors
  • Hub Front – Screw together front axle is stable and stiff
  • Hubs – Smooth and drag free
  • Hubs – Durable, well-built and simple design
  • Rims – Steel eyelets
  • Rims – Wide, stiff and flex free
  • Rims – 31mm is ideal, wide enough, but still easy to steer and corner

Weaknesses

  • Wheelset – Slightly portly, but darn tough
  • Hubs – Not the lightest
  • Hubs – Special tools for some maintenance operations

Wheelset Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Hadley Hubs Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Pacenti DL31 Rim Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

Pacenti DL31 650b Rim Specifications:

  • Visit Pacenti Bike Lugs at http://www.bikelugs.com
  • MSRP: $88.00
  • Size: 650b – ISO 584 (optional 26″ and 29″)
  • Width: 31.0mm
  • Inner bead width: 26mm
  • Section Height: 20mm
  • ERD: 563mm
  • Weight (650b): 546g
  • Welded Construction
  • Disc Only
  • Hole Count: 32 or 36
  • Color: Black

Hadley DH Front Hub Specs:

  • MSRP: $157-161
  • International Standard 6-bolt/44mm-BCD disc mounting dimensions
  • 2 adjustable preload cartridge bearings – replaceable and sealed
  • Available Axles: QR, 15mm, 20mm
  • Colors: Black, Silver, Gold, Blue, Red, Gun metal
  • Made in USA
  • Holes: 32, 36
  • Weight: 207g (15mm)
  • Call Hadley at (909) 946-6780

Hadley SDH Disc Rear Hub Specs:

  • MSRP: $299-320
  • International Standard 6-bolt/44mm-BCD disc mounting dimensions
  • 4 adjustable preload cartridge bearings – replaceable and sealed
  • Titanium freehub body w/ 72-point 4 pawl engagement (optional 36-point 3 pawl)
  • Available Axles: 135 x QR or 10mm bolt on, 12mm x 135 or 142
  • Made in USA
  • Holes: 32, 36
  • Colors: Black, Silver, Gold, Blue, Red, Gun metal
  • Weight: 360g (12×142)
  • Call Hadley at (909) 946-6780
About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


(Visited 10,321 times, 1 visits today)

Related Articles


NOTE: There are two ways to comment on our articles: Facebook or Wordpress. Facebook uses your real name and can be posted on your wall while Wordpress uses our login system. Feel free to use either one.

Facebook Comments:



Wordpress Comments:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*