Seeing as we’re giving away one of Merritt’s Non-Stop Cassette hubs today, I figured it would be as good a time as ever to take a closer look at both the Non-Stop Cassette and the Non-Stop front hub.
With the Non-Stop front hub, Merritt set out to create a simple, strong and fast rolling hub. The understated CNC machined 6061 aluminum hub shell rolls on a hollow chromoly female axle with precision Japanese bearings between. In keeping with simplicity as the design criteria, the hub’s cones simply press on. Rubber o-rings in the cones ensure a tight fit and prevent them from sliding off when your wheel isn’t in the forks. Chromoly 3/8″ x 24 tpi bolts with 17mm heads that are also broached for a 6mm hex wrench are what hold the hub in the fork, and aluminum spacers keep them from marring up the dropouts. Weight-wise the hub comes in at just 7.4 ounces without bolts and spacers, and 10.5 ounces with (according to my scale).
The Non-Stop cassette hub features a CNC machined 6061 shell with the same understated aesthetically qualities as the front hub. Also like the front, it rolls on precision Japanese bearings and a hollow chromoly axle. Angled asymmetrical flanges provide the foundation for a strong wheel build, and the same chromoly bolts and aluminum spacers that are found on the front hub are also found on the cassette. Things get a little more interesting when you get into the hub’s internals. The Non-Stop cassette features a full bushing one-piece driver with three multi-tooth pawls that create a 120 tooth micro engagement system. It gives the hub lightening quick engagement but without the drag that is commonly associated with other micro engagement hubs. It also gives the hub a unique sound that if I were to try to describe, I’d say is something like if a Profile Elite and a Chris King hub had a baby. For now the hub is only available with a 9 tooth driver, but I have no plans of stopping my campaign to convince them to offer some toothier sizes. They do give you the option of LHD for you weirdos out there who want to run your sprocket on the wrong side. Also worth mentioning is that the hub’s 14mm hollow chromoly axle extends out past the cone nuts so that it fits perfectly in dropouts with 14mm slots. While that’s fine and dandy if you have a frame with 14mm dropout slots, it’s not so great if you have one with 3/”8″. Personally, I’d just break out the ol’ trusty Dremel and trim the axle down so that it’s flush with the cone nuts, but you may not be as adventurous as me! As far as weight goes, the Non-Stop cassette tips the scale at 12.5 ounces without bolts and spacers, and 15.6 ounces with.
Both the Non-Stop front hub and Non-Stop cassette hub are available in your choice of either black or polished, though Merritt has been known to do some limited edition colors from time to time. The front hub will set you back in the neighborhood of $80, and you’ll need to add another $100 to that for the cassette. Both are available right now through Merritt’s extensive dealer network, which you can conveniently check out right HERE.