We’re changing things up with how we do product post. From here on out we are getting hands on with the products we take a look at. No more just regurgitating the specs and pics from manufacture’s sites. We want to be able to give you a real and genuine impression of the products we showcase, one that can only come from actually handling and looking at them with our own eyes. That said, here’s the first of our new hands-on product post, featuring Deluxe’s V4 hubs. Hit the jump button and dig on in!
Though they look aesthetically similar to the generation before, the new Deluxe V4 hubs have been completely redesigned for 2015. A new manufacturer has allowed them to take an already great set of hubs and dial them in even more. Both the front and rear hubs feature a slightly different profile than the previous versions, and the graphics have also gotten a refresh. You’ll find sealed cartridge bearings in both hubs and a more durable three bearing driver in the rear. The driver is a tried and trusted design that uses four pawls and a singular spring to create 96 points of engagement per rotation. A 9t driver comes stock but you can pick up an optional 10t driver separately. Clean locknuts hold everything together in the rear, and the front hub is kept tidy with press-fit cones. Both roll on female chromoly axles and come with 3/8″ x 24 tpi bolts with 17mm heads that are broached to also accept a 6mm hex wrench. Adapter washers are included with the rear hub for those of you with 14mm dropout slots
I threw the hubs on my trusty Park Tool scale and the front weighed in at 8.2 ounces, with the rear coming in at 15.85oz (including bolts and adapters). The V4 hubs are available in black, polished, titanium grey, and limited edition swamp green. Swamp green is the color shown in the pictures and it’s really pretty unique. Depending on the lighting it can look anywhere from a metallic army green all the way to a bronze. Like I said, it’s a limited edition color that won’t be around long. You definitely shouldn’t procrastinate if you want to get your hands on it. Deluxe’s V4 hubs are sold separately with the front retailing for $74.99 and the rear for $135.99. The optional 10t driver will set you back $45.99. They can all be picked up at your favorite Deluxe dealer or directly from the Deluxe Web Store.
Deluxe was kind enough to let us keep these bad boys, so we’ll be lacing them up and putting them to the test! You can expect a full review of them sometime towards the end of the season.