If you recall our NAHBS coverage of White Industries, they showed an early prototype of some new 6-bolt hubs. Now, they have a name and Alec White was ready to reveal the new internals.
A new pawl mechanism doubles the number of teeth on the ratchet ring and puts two teeth per pawl. That not only doubles the pawls’ grabbing points for better bite, it also doubles the possible points of engagement to 48. The result is a snappier 7.5° engagement, half of the originals.
This new pawl and ratchet system will launch on the new XMR (‘Cross / Mountain / Road) hubs, which will replace the MI6 and CX11 as the 6-bolt offering.
They’ll probably only offer the higher engagement on these XMR hubs at first since it’s louder, but if there’s demand from roadies, they could do it there, too.
It’ll also be retrofittable to any of their hubs going back at least 20 years. Before that, there was a different thread pitch on the ratchet ring so the new ratchet would be incompatible.
It’ll have QR or thru axles to fit any current bike with standard axle spacing. Boost widths are coming.
Their narrow wide ring is ready for primetime, more details on this from our NAHBS coverage, too. Hint: It’s only for their cranksets.