I am familiar with the failures of the Orc UL model but I wasn't aware that they had another design with failures. From what I read the recall was handled well but it would definitely be good to have people get more miles on them before jumping to any conclusions. Regarding price it is more expensive than WI T11 or DT240 but not extremely so. It's cheaper than Chris King."Designed by Alchemy Bicycle Works"
Alchemy is 0 for 2 designing a dependable hub (google it). Personally I would never give them a third at-bat especially considering there's not shortage of good options and the price is really high.
Good information, thanks. How do you feel it holds up in less than ideal conditions like rain and grit?I will continue to recommend them. I have two sets that's have been using for about a year now.
The issue with the recall was addressed with a strengthening of the weak point. They have since been tested against Dura Ace 9000 hubs and lasted longer in a test to failure (bench test, not out on the road). The test was far more punishing than any rider will dish out. They pre recall version failed predictably so it demonstrates that the improvement addressed things.
The second issue people had in the past was how the hubs were adjusted. The design relied on loctite for the thread and you manually adjust preload. This allowed for more user error and was known to loosen up over time.
This was addressed with a system of preload that allows the endcap to fully tighten like other hubs. The hub uses a couple of micro washers to work out any play without over loading the bearings.
The reason for this over a locking ring found on many other hubs is to allow the bearings to be placed more outboard. The more outboard the bearings are the better support there is for the axle and less flex.
Chiming in late here....