bgnukem wrote:As usual (and very typical of Shimano, I have to say) everything is made to be disposable and of limited life:
The over-tightened, under-greased Shimano dynohub bearings, the inaccessible and tiny cartridge bearings in the SP hub, the inability to open up a SON hub.
The SON hub is designed to be serviceable, just not by the consumer.
I've had both of mine serviced, one after 12 years the other 14, I expect them to outlive me.
I also have a Shimano hub and a SP, they all work fine, but there's something about the SON that transcends the practical, it is a thing of beauty and in the polished silver a therapeutic pleasure to shine it up like new.