How Can I Make These New Wheels Work?
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
Question for theWrench
My LBS offered me a pair of Specialized Stout 29er wheels for a great price. They come with a Shimano free-hub, but I would need a SRAM XD driver on there to use my SRAM GX drivetrain.
Is it possible to buy a driver or free-hub and just slap it onto there? The wheels are 2017….
I believe the hubs are made by Roval and branded by specialized not sure though.
Not sure if that would work or not.
Making These New Wheels Work
I had to make some phone calls and burn some midnight oil to make sure I could answer this question.
Direct from Specialized:
“No XD driver from the Roval series is compatible with Q/R Stout 29 Wheels.”
Question : Is you rear wheel a Q/R (quick release) ?
Your answer is … YES?
Then specialized has cleared the way to a short answer. We go no further.
Your answer is … NO?
Well then we dig a little deeper to find no definite answers!
As a LBS mechanic I wouldn’t stop you from buying these wheels if you were planning on running a 11sp GX sram kit. I would offer you a 11sp cassette from Shimano or SunRace. The advantage of an XD compatible cassette is only in the 10t. Shimano and SunRace have are 11t as the smallest cog. If you want to run a 12sp system then a XD driver is the only option, I would only offer what I could convert. Formula makes hubs that are branded by every company under the sun. Some companies take a hub off the shelf and slap it on a bike and others make some changes creating a whole new part number not compatible with anything else. What I’m trying to say is, if you are willing to spend a few extra bucks to try something unconventional and your LBS is willing and capable to modify parts to fit … maybe give it a try. Anything is possible within the parameters of the part. However, sometimes the good deal turns out to cost more than using the parts that are made to work together.