Info on Maillard Hubs Wanted
I have this really gorgeous NIB set of Maillard 700 hubs. I'm trying to find some information on these, they have one or two features I haven't seen on others, but I figure someone here will set me straight. FWIW, these are, bar none including campy, the most beautifully finished hubs I've ever owned. That is one reason why they are still new, I haven't been able to bring myself to use them.
The unusual, to me at least, features are that they are sealed bearings and the logo on the hub - it isn't the usual decal. I've posted pictures, any Maillard 700 experts who have any info about them - year of manufacture, where in the quality lineup, etc, would be much appreciated.
They are British threaded.
The best write-up I've seen on Maillard hubs is on the Yellow Jersey bike shop site. It can be found here
I've never seen those before. They are beautiful! I have the older Maillard 700's on my PX10. They're nice , but not as nice as those. I just bought a set of pedals that have the same logo as your hubs.
They're late, that's why no decals. Note that the decals are shown on the hubs depicted on the box. Though they say "double sealey" on the box, they look like they have cartridge bearings. Do they?
That is something I've been wondering about. There are no cones, just locknuts and then spacers that have a flange that extends outward to the hub. I think you may be able to see it in the picture of the rear hub freewheel side. This flange turns with the axle.
Originally Posted by Charles Wahl
I haven't even been able to bring myself to take them apart to get to the bottom of this.
These were the top-of-the-line hubs; as good as anything else out there in both appearance and performance. The one drawback is that parts for them are virtually impossible to find these days, so treat them with care. I'm not sure on the precise date these may have been made, but they look like mid-80s.
Originally Posted by robatsu
There's a good chance that some Japanese collector is dying to get his hands on a set of these for his showcase, should you ever decide to sell them.
I gotta admit that is another reason I haven't used these and that selling them is something I'm debating, which is one reason I'm asking for info, make an informed decision. Some time after I bought them and found few similar examples on the internet tubes, I figured there probably is someone who wants to encase them in amber. I bought them because I thought they looked better than the more common decalled ones because, in addition to the unbelievable finish (my pics do not do justice) the quick release adjusting nut is chromed, not the black plastic that is so common.
Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
In the meantime, they sit on a window sill where I can look at them sometimes when I work, so I can sorta understand that Japanese guy.