Starting back in summer 2016 Race Face started rolling out new Turbine & Next mountain bike wheelsets built around a new aluminum oversized set of Vault hubs. The high-engagement hubs have since proven to be popular & durable, and in response to rider & dealer demand, Race Face has developed a set of Vault hubs to lace into wheels with standard J-bend spokes.
Race Face Vault J-Bend oversized mountain bike hubs
The Vault hubs were the first to bear the Race Face name, and Race Face engineers seem to have gotten things right. With a growing demand for trail-ready custom mountain bike wheels, the large shelled, 3° quick engaging hubs look like a solid option. The Vault J-bend hubs share all of the same tech as the original straight pull variants with large, long-lasting bearings, labyrinth seals, tool-free interchangeable end caps, and and now a stiff standard hub flange to accept regular J-bend spokes.
Race Face is showing off the new hubs with a set of wheels lacing Vaults to their new Arc Carbon rims, built by Vancouver’s master wheelbuilder Dave McInnes of The Bicycle Hub, and to be ridden by mountain bike legend Wade Simmons.
Race Face is offering the new hubs in 28 & 32 hole drillings, regular & Boost spacing, a number of axle end cap solutions, and either Shimano cassette bodies or for SRAM XD drivers. Front hubs will sell for $175 and rears for $325. The recommend building them up with Race Face ARCH Carbon or Aluminum trail rims, or pretty much anything else on the market.
In their lightest configurations the Vault J-bend hubs claim a front hub weight of 177g, and a rear of 305g. End caps are available for front hubs in: 9×100 QR, 15×100, 15×110 & 20x110mm or for rear hubs in 12×142, 12×148 & 12×150/157.