Stealth Road Hubs (2)

Stealth is a brand that relatively few cyclists have heard of, yet it has accrued an impressive resume that includes several World Championships and Olympic Medals. Essentially a side project for a machine shop in Southern California, the hubs have gained a loyal following in the BMX world due to the their instant engagement, silent coasting, and reliability.

In addition to BMX hubs, the company also manufactures a line of Mtn and Road hubs. For this year, they’ve updated their road hubs to make them 11 speed compatible, and reshaped the hub shells.

Stealth Road Hubs (1)

The flanges are now symmetrical, which makes the wheels easier to build. They’ve also moved the flanges outward, because they’re using a wider bearing that lasts longer. They’re also in the process of developing a disc specific road hub, which will be slightly lighter than their existing MTB versions.

Stealth Hub Thru Axles

All of their mountain, road, and BMX hubs are easily convertible between a number of application specific sizes. They’ve also just finished developing an XD drive for road and mountain hubs which is retrofittable, although price is still TBD.

Stealth Mag Hubs

Also in the works is a new magnesium body and hollow axle for their BMX hubs, which is 3 0z (~85g) lighter than their existing aluminum options. They’ve had a few prototypes out for almost a year under pro level racers and have not seen any failures. Due to the impressive weight savings, they’re also considering doing a magnesium road hubset.

Stealth Hub Histroy (1)

Probably the coolest thing on display at the booth was this stand, which showcased the evolution of Stealth hubs since 1999.

Stealth Hub Histroy (2)

We’re not sure how many athletes were riding Stealth hubs at the first BMX Olympic event, but Stealth riders clinched Gold and Silver at the 2012 Olympics, and at the last worlds – 6 of the 8 finalists were riding Stealth hubs.

Stealth Hub Histroy (3)

Learn more by visiting the Stealth Hubs Website

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R-dub
7 years ago

Love the concept of the hubs, SILENCE. A great idea for bmx as your competiton cant hear where you’re heading mid corner and for mtb as I cant stand the clicking!! Been looking into these for a while for my next wheel build, but please Stealth you need to update your logo… Only thing that lets these down.

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
7 years ago

Very curious about these hubs, but ditto about the new logo. Epic fail in the graphics department.

Ilikeicedtea
Ilikeicedtea
7 years ago

Yeah, man.

One totally listens for freewheel sounds during a BMX race.

You clearly know what’s up.

/s

Stephen
Stephen
7 years ago

I’ve written to stealth three times, using their website contact page, and they never replied. I was interested in the DH 150 version, but they warn that the hub needs frequent service when ridden in the rain or mud.

I’ll be giving my business to Onyx Racing Products instead. Apparently better sealed, and they reply to their customers.

Coincidentally featured two articles down on BR.

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

Been using Stealth hubs S3 for 2 year on downhill/Enduro bikes. These are great hubs and they have far less drag when costing when compared to any pawl design contrary to some internet comment (it could not be more the opposite). The S3 design has a new bearing and sleeve arrangement that aligns the clutch bearing so it ultra smooth an almost 0 drag. Roller clutch take require very high tolerance and Stealth is very quality in this department The hub are fully sealed and there I no issue with heavy rain or mud Yearly servicing takes 5 minutes and in my case wasn’t required but did it anyway. Customer support is great as I made a mistake ordering but they fixed it up at no cost even though it was my mistake. Not sure about Stealth not answering there web mail as I asked about XD cassette options and got a reply that day from Aki only 3 weeks ago.

Mike D
Mike D
7 years ago

I have to chime in as well, as it’s been previously mentioned, that logo is a bit crap. Perfectly fine if you’re Cru Jones’ teammate on Rad Racing, otherwise… time to spend a few coins and make an update.

quickgeezer
quickgeezer
7 years ago

Oh yeah, the logo … really? Who cares? It’ll be spinning if your wheel is spinning. The silent coasting is what I’d like.

Joe
Joe
7 years ago

I rode one of these hubs around the local track last year and the instant engagement is… crazy. I’d like to try one for MTB.

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
7 years ago

@quickgeezer, aesthetics, marketing and design are all part of the package. Hopefully you don’t work in the industry. Yeah, silence is bliss.

Mike
Mike
7 years ago

Where are those road disc hubs at?