The lightest new cycling hubs will cost you R20k

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American design. German build quality. But at a cost. (Photo: Tactic Racing)
American design. German build quality. But at a cost. (Photo: Tactic Racing)

Experienced riders know the benefits of lightweighting. But also, the cost.

Making bicycle components lighter has a dramatic diminishing return curve relating to cost. You pay a lot of money to save only a few grams.

That hasn’t stopped a global network of boutique engineering companies that specialise in creating ultralightweight components.

The latest product from the realm of ridiculous cost, and low weight, are hubs from Tactic Racing. Produced in Germany, the design is American – and if you must have the lightest hub at your local club ride, these will do.

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These hub internals are patent pending. (Photo: Tactic Racing)

Ivy League solution

Tactic Racing is a spinoff from Princeton CarbonWorks – a cycling wheel brand founded by gifted engineers, all graduates of Princeton University.

To create even lighter wheels, you need to reduce hub weight, and necessity triggered the innovation for Princeton CarbonWorks, to create Tactic Racing.

Featuring ceramic bearings and designed to work with Shimano, SRAM XDR and Campagnolo freehubs, the Tactic Racing TR01 hubs are amazingly light.

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The TR01 rear hub internals, help convert a pedal stroke to wheel rotation, with very little energy wastage. (Photo: Tactic Racing)

Light weight - fast engagement

A front hub weights 64g and the rear, only 151g. That makes them nearly 30% lighter than most other hubs.

Beyond the low weight, Tactic Racing uses conical teeth internals for the TR01 hubs, instead of traditional pawls. That means 45 points of engagement, nearly instantaneous response when pedalling and a lower risk of breakage.

The low weight and mechanically efficiency come at a price. A Tactic Racing hub set will cost you R20 000, but it will probably last forever – and rarely be equalled, in terms of weight.

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