These are the first components to arrive for testing. Goldtec are based in Newcastle under Lyme and I was really pleased to find a genuine UK manufacturer. They actually design, machine and assemble the hubs in Staffordshire. Having recently worked with the GB Olympic cycling team on developing hubs for their competition bikes Goldtec used the knowledge gained in their new road hubs.
The front hub has wide flanges and a thick axle for stiffness and uses 61920 bearings to provide a smooth roll. It weighs 90g and can be laced radially.
The rear has a 48 pickup drive pawl mechanism for rapid engagement. Betd use large bearings placed as far apart as possible on a rigid axle to minimise rolling resistance rather than save as much weight as possible which gives the hub a distinctive appearance. Non drive side bearing is about 3mm from the frame, in contrast to most hubs where it’s about 15mm away with a long spacer. Again, bearings are 61902, a standard size, well sealed (with experience from the MTB market) and easily replaceable. The 48-pickup freehub has minimal slack and fast takeup. This gives 7.5 degrees rotation before pickup compared with 10 degrees for the latest Shimano hubs and 20 degrees for DTs with star ratchet. The flanges are fairly narrow, with the aim that the spoke tensions are reasonably well balanced to build a more torsionally rigid wheel. The rear weighs 248g and can be laced 2x on both drive and non drive side. Shimano freehub only.
I am looking forward to lacing these up this week and getting out on the road to test them. Look out for the review later in the summer.