Grand Cru rear Touring Hub laced to VO RAID rim with DT Swiss spokes. 700c, 36 hole, 130 frame spacing.
The Grand Cru Touring Hub is designed for long distance riding and heavy loads. The sturdy hub shell is our own design. It boasts a large-flange hub with room for four identical and rather large cartridge bearings. We use very high quality Japanese bearings of a common size and relatively easily replaced if they ever do wear out.
The axle is hollow and oversized. The free-hub body is steel for durability. There are three pawls with sturdy springs. The hub fits up to a 10-speed cassette; you can fit a 7-speed cassette by adding a 4.5mm spacer. The VO enclosed-cam quick release skewer is included
A video showing how to disassemble the Grand Cru hub for field servicing without tools can be found here.
The RAID is a 22mm wide 700c rim, a box-section rim with double eyelets. Double eyelets are rarely seen these days, but they add a lot of strength to a rim.
We feel that the 22mm width is the sweet spot for rando and touring rims. They are perfect for 28mm-38mm tires. The sidewalls (or brake track) are a little taller than old rims, for much easier pad setup without worry of tire interference.
We paid a little more for stainless eyelets and a lot more for a high polish finish. We kept the graphics down to an absolute minimum; there is a simple VO sticker for identity.