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Old 03-02-09, 05:12 PM   #1
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Opinions wanted on new "classic" wheelset

I saw this wheelset and wondered if anyone could offer their opinion on it. The rims seem pretty solid, but I'm concerned about the hubs. They are Sovos. They get a lot of bad press from the fixie crowd, mainly due to stripping threads on skids, etc. I would not have that problem with this wheelset, of course.

Here is the link: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....m=370128748790

The wheels would not get heavy mileage, but I would like something reasonably light and durable. Anyone have these wheels or know these hubs?


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While I can't vouch for these wheels as I have not experienced them myself, I can say one thing:

All aluminum hubs used for "suicide-hub" fixie conversions are guaranteed to strip the hub threads.

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Old 03-02-09, 05:24 PM   #3
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While I can't vouch for these wheels as I have not experienced them myself, I can say one thing:

All aluminum hubs used for "suicide-hub" fixie conversions are guaranteed to strip the hub threads.

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Kurt: I should have been more clear. The stripping of threads was on the Sovos track hub. Sorry for the confusion.
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While I can't vouch for these wheels as I have not experienced them myself, I can say one thing:

All aluminum hubs used for "suicide-hub" fixie conversions are guaranteed to strip the hub threads.

-Kurt
This is something I'm not used to seeing from you. not hating but I have used a "suicide hub" for about 6 years now and so far, no problem. I would say don't move that cog and I don't skip skid or skid at all for that matter as I'm old enough to not like being hard on equipment. Please respond as I'd like to hear you're reasons.
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While I can't vouch for these wheels as I have not experienced them myself, I can say one thing:

All aluminum hubs used for "suicide-hub" fixie conversions are guaranteed to strip the hub threads.

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Is this a joke? This is just false.

The much bigger factor in stripping a hub is the quality of the cog. Stay away from cheap stamped steel cogs. Other than that, they are as unlikely to be stripped as a track hub. In fact, if a lockring is not properly tightened (and checked frequently), you have a MUCH higher risk of stripping a track hub.

So do tell, given that a cog threads on precisely the same way for a road hub and a track hub, what different forces are there on a road hub that would lead them to strip more easily??

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I think that you should check out bicyclewheelwarehouse.com as they have some very good prices on some wheels built with very good components plus there has been a lot of very positive feedback on their builds here at BF. Those Ultegra/Open-Pro wheels for $240 are a screaming deal...
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Okay, my thread has officially been hijacked! Any opinions on the wheels/hubs? How about the Quando hubs on Harris Cyclery's site? For all I know, they are probably made by the same manufacturer.
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Stay away from cheap stamped steel cogs. Other than that, they are as unlikely to be stripped as a track hub.
Thank you Jim - was a bit hasty there. I should have clarified that it depends on the cog. If I may say so though, I believe the stripping of a hub has more to do with how many threads are on the cog that can be engaged on the hub. Those stamped steel jobs are too thin to engage enough.

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I think that you should check out bicyclewheelwarehouse.com as they have some very good prices on some wheels built with very good components plus there has been a lot of very positive feedback on their builds here at BF. Those Ultegra/Open-Pro wheels for $240 are a screaming deal...
That looks nice, but I'm looking for 126mm rear spacing with a thread on freewheel (and I dont want to cold set). Plus, I'd like a classic look. That limits my choices somewhat (a lot).
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There are lots of real vintage wheels available at less cost. I would think you could get Mavic MA-40/G-40's laced to Record for around that price.
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