Join Date: Jun 2010
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Hub choice for mismatched riding wheel set?
I hope I might again test your patience with one of these user level questions:
I am building up a new set of riding wheels. I am not too worried about matching front and rear hubs, but will build to matching rims. The rear will be a current version Phil Wood, 126m in 36h, chosen for the strength of axle and because I’m a life long Phil fan. Old C&V frame, friction, etc.
The front hub, however, should come from one of the multiple orphan front hubs in my collections box. The only Phil front I have is 28h, and I don’t think my overweight (aka fat-ass) body should go down to a 28h hub. Plus, it's really really hard to match any C&V-appropriate 36h rear rim to a 28h front rim of the same type. (Open to be educated there, but I still worry about 28h for my fat class.)
SO, the question is to ask help in choosing which orphan front hub is best of what I have - or if there is enough difference to matter among them. Given the following odd-man-out front hubs, what would you suggest I choose? Thanks.
1) a NOS Suntour XC Pro in 32h. This is a cartridge bearing unit.
2) a NOS Mavic 601 in 36h. This is a cartridge bearing unit.
3) a NOS Zeus New Racer in 36h. Classic loose bearing hub.
4) a NOS Campagnolo Croce D’Aune in 36h. Classic loose bearing hub.
5) a NOS Phil Wood in 28h. As noted above.
6) or: Sell the 28h and buy a 36h Phil to match.
I appreciate comments and suggestions.
1959 Hilton Wrigley Connoisseur (still my favorite!)
1963 Hetchins Mountain King (the gravel grinder)
1971 Gitane Tour de France (The War Horse)
1971 Gitane Super Corsa (The Garage Queen)
1980 Ritchey Touring (The Grail Bike)
1984 Tom Ritchey Team Competition (NOS show bike)
(replacing the stolen 1981 Tom Ritchey Everest custom)
1985 ALAN Record (Glued & Screwed. A gift.)