We love powering our devices from our dynamo hubs! High-end hubs have no noticeable resistance and coupled with a power supply provide ample power for most devices you carry when you travel.
Most Popular Dynamo Hubs
Biologic Joule 3 – Self-claimed lightest and most efficient dynamo hub on the market due to the fact that it features an on/off switch in a package barely heavier than the competition. We haven't heard much about this hub, but we are sure that like the other Biologic products, it works just fine.
Sanyo – The H27 is the best value dynamo hub around. One for the super budget conscious, although if you're going to the effort to build a new dynamo wheel, we recommend investing a tad more money into a better performing Shimano option.
Schmidt – The industry standard and the hubs of choice for Alleykat. These efficient hubs include an incredible five-year warranty and due to awesome sealing from the elements are not expected to need servicing for 50000km. We recommend the SON28 for any 26-28″ wheel. We don't really see the need for the delux model on any touring bike – the delux is designed for 16-20″ wheels so with 26-28″ wheels it effectively has a lower resistance but is not suitable for charging. Available in many axle configurations including 15mm. Check out our review HERE.
Shimano – The Shimano T785 (XT) dynamo hub is excellent value for money (and the hub we'd choose from the Shimano range) and is popular on complete bikes.
Shutter Precision – Excellent value lightweight dynamo hubs. Similar internals to the Supernova Infinity S at a lower price. From all accounts these hubs are standing the test of time and rock hard.
SRAM – The D7 is good value for money and is generally found on complete bikes.
Supernova – Supernova do two hubs; the Infinity 8 (on-off switch but heavy) and the Infinity S (no switch and lightweight). Alleykat love Supernova products and wouldn't hesitate to use the Infinity S in the future.
Have you had experience with any other these hubs? Leave us a comment.