Out In The Open: Supreme Cassette Hub

The best just got better. Our Supreme Cassette Hub got upgraded recently with the addition of injection-molded, nylon/fibreglass blend hub guards which are now available at your local Wethepeople dealer if you're looking for a buttery smooth grinding setup. 

The Supreme is really about as far from an "off the shelf" hub as you can find. The end result of over 4 years of extensive R&D, the Supreme is an incredibly advanced cassette hub packed full of features which you wont find on any other hub out there.. We took the opportunity to take a closer look at our flagship cassette hub and what separates it from the rest.

The Supreme is really about as far from an “off the shelf” hub as you can find.

One of the great features you'll find on the Supreme Cassette hub is the extra hub bearing on the non-drive side. A technology is used in downhill mountain biking, now with x3 high-quality bearings inside the hub shell, the hub rolls much smoother, for much longer, despite big impacts and long-term stress.

The Supreme uses our Q-Lite inverted system. The Q-Lite system uses pawls and springs inside of the hub body, instead of on the driver. This allows us to double the amount of pawls, which not only makes the hub much more reliable, but also puts less stress on the pawls and springs, allowing the hub to roll smoother and for longer. This system has the benefit of letting you switch the drive side of the hub very easily.

The hub uses an IGUS bushing driver; a German made bushing that has far less resistance and more durability than most bushings. The bushing driver eliminates the need for bearings, allowing us to use a larger diameter 17mm axle all the way through the driver, a part where most hubs go down to a smaller diameter to accommodate the bearing. This makes the hub incredibly strong, and perfect for use with pegs. 

A common question we keep getting asked is “what’s up with the funky bolts?”

We use a 12mm bolt instead of a 14mm bolt that other brands are using. By using a 14mm female bolt, the axle has to be much thinner to accept the larger bolt. This causes the axle to break and snap. By using a 12mm bolt, the 17mm axle gains an extra 2mm of thickness on the inside and becomes near unbreakable. The Supreme then uses a larger diameter 12mm female bolt with a 14mm head to sit in the dropouts.

These bolts are designed to work flawlessly with the traditional 14mm dropout on your frame. The hub comes with 2 kinds of bolts, one set for peg less use, and one set for peg use, where the 14mm step is larger to accept the extra length that plastic pegs take up. 

The Supreme Cassette hub and matching front hub is available now from your local bike shop or mailorder. Both the Nylon and 7075-T6 alloy hub guards are also available for both front and rear hubs.