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At 345g and £74.99 the Halo Spin Master Pro rear hub is about the same weight and price as an Ultegra rear hub. There's plenty of reasons to think about speccing one over the tried-and-tested Shimano offering though.
For a start, it's a really nicely constructed hub. The CNC shell holds four sealed bearings to keep everything running smoothly, and the aluminium freehub has a 30-point engagement from three pawls – more than the usual 24 – which gives you a nice quick pickup when you hit the gas.
Secondly, it's available in a range of colours (with a superlight front hub to match). Ours was black but you can also have white, polished and red anodised to match your bike.
Thirdly, it makes a nice noise. It's a faster click than usual thanks to the higher engagement point count, and it's a good volume: audible without being intrusive. Quite comforting, in fact. You can easily switch between Shimano/SRAM and Campag too; replacement freehubs cost £40.
I've been running this hub laced to a Mavic Open Pro rim with Halo's own double butted spokes, and the resulting wheel has racked up about 600 miles so far in all weathers. Well, mostly rain.
The hub is bearing up very well; there's some slight notching on the freehub body but no more so than is usual with an alloy carrier, and doing the locknut up nice and tight will stop the cassette moving very far. Everything's running smoothly and there doesn't seem to be any water creeping inside in spite of some very wet rides, so the seals are doing their job.
The hub's available in 24H and 32H drillings; the matching front hub comes in 16H or 24H versions and claimed weight is a paltry 79g.
Good quality rear hub with positive engagement and a nice click.
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Make and model: Halo Spin Master Pro rear hub
Size tested: n/a
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Our Lightweight road hub with a lightweight price tag.
Super-light sealed bearing all alloy QR cassette hub.
4 smooth sealed bearings, lightweight alloy axle and alloy CNC shell, plus a 30 point fast pick-up freehub drive system.
CNC 7075 hard Aluminium cassette body in either Shimano or Campag compatible splines.
Alloy CNC machined sweeping Halo shell
Lightweight alloy QR axle.
7075 Hard alloy cassette body.
4 Sealed bearings.
30 point 3 pawl freewheel mechanism.
Shimano or Campag compatible options.
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Construction, clicky sound.
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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 102kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.