We want our rear hubs to be reliable and to not leave us stranded in the middle of nowhere. Quicker engagement too is good to power instantly, but not at the expense of reliability. In the area of sound, most want the hubs quiet and nondescript, while some want them loud.
Project 321 addressed these needs as they launched a very ingenious rear freehub design using magnets instead of traditional pawls. The drive system uses six magnetic pawls with 216 points of engagement for an incredibly quick 1.66 degree hub engagement. Spin the freehub and action is buttery smooth.
The result is not only lower drag and higher engagement with fewer moving parts, but also the option to swap magnetic pawls that are silent for pawls that make that signature buzz heard on Chris King and Industry Nine hubs. But the genius of the system is that one can dial in the amount of sound by mixing in loud and quiet magnetic pawls in the system.
And they come in cool colors too. Price is about $600 per set.
For more information, visit project321.net.
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