I'm looking to replace the rear wheel on my Wabi Classic that sees daily commuting and recreational use. I currently have a functional if gnarly Miche hub with gritty bearings and a solidly seized cog on one side laced to a very old Mavic rim.
Aside from the various hub offerings, I'm curious about the Velocity track hubs and have found almost no information on them. MSRP is $70.00 for bolt-on, solid-axle rear with typical-looking cartridge bearings. Has anyone ever used these? Any references to "Velocity Track Hub(s)" I can find on the net are all from several years ago and say that they're a branded OEM product from Formula. I wonder if since making the move to the USA they've started making these hubs in-house or if they are still primarily a rim outfit. See Velocity Wheels - Hand Made in USA
PS - aside from aesthetics or some track-specific rules, can anyone point to a good reason not to use a regular road hub for the front? I have a 105 front hub on the bike now and it's going strong after 10+ years on various bikes.
PPS - is it a safe assumption that all "middle range" hubs are more or less equivalent? As long as the shell is properly made out of decent material, isn't most every maker using similar grade cartridge bearings from a handful of industrial bearing makers? Can any one brand (Formula, Miche, All-City, Suzue, etc.) be said to be functionally distinct for the average street rider?
Long-winded, but thanks. Curious what y'all think.