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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.

    -Kurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    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
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    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
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jgedwa View Post
    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.

    -Kurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
    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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