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Old 12-06-05, 07:36 PM   #1
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Front hub - which one?

I've a choice of four front hubs for a wheel build:

Used Campagnolo Record low flange - rough but rebuildable - 36-hole
Used "Schwinn Approved" high flange - smooth still - 36 hole
Used no-name low flange - sealed bearings - 32 hole
New no-name - sealed bearings - 32 hole

Since these are "Clydesdale wheels" and since I want absolute durability, how important are those extra four spokes on the front wheel? It would seem that since much less weight rides on the front, 32 should suffice?

I weigh 260, ride on rough pavement (95%) and occasionally dirt roads (5%). This bike won't be heavily loaded with panniers (especially in the front) until I weigh 50# less.

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Old 12-06-05, 07:58 PM   #2
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What is up with the Campy? Why is it rough? If it just needs an overhaul, no problem, even if the cones are messed up. They can be replaced. That is the best of the bunch.
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Old 12-06-05, 08:03 PM   #3
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Thanks, Rev. I'll tune it up.
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Old 12-06-05, 08:09 PM   #4
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make sure the races arent pitted also. but yeah, go with hubs from an actual brand.
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The campy hub may require more maintainance than the sealed bearing no-name hub.

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Campy has some of the best bearings and races out there in my opinion, and the more spokes the merrier! I would rebuild the Campy, get it adjusted properly and see where you're at.
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No contest, use the Record.
In some models, even the cups were replaceable so they last forever.
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Lace the Record (3L, 3F) or radial.
Your friends will admire your tremendous sense of style.

Enjoy

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