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Old 04-24-06, 02:45 PM   #1
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High flange help

im looking to invest in some new high flange hubs, fixed/fixed
must be street worthy
any recomendations? links?
and what to stay away from.
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Old 04-24-06, 02:50 PM   #2
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phil wood. that's all you need to know.
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Old 04-24-06, 02:52 PM   #3
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Old 04-24-06, 03:21 PM   #4
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Mack hubs. Do a forum search for where to get them.
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Old 04-24-06, 03:25 PM   #5
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Phil, Paul, Dura Ace, Zipp all make very pretty high-flange track hubs.
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Old 04-24-06, 03:49 PM   #6
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phil for sure. i'd say zipp is out of the question for street use
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Old 04-24-06, 05:05 PM   #7
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I love my paul hubs.



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Old 04-24-06, 05:12 PM   #8
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ohh yeah, i've heard pretty good things about paul's too.
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Old 04-24-06, 06:37 PM   #9
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Nothing wrong with Formulas if you're on a budget.
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Old 04-24-06, 07:26 PM   #10
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+1, my formulas have treated me quite well.
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Old 04-24-06, 07:33 PM   #11
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'nother vote for PW on the street. They have been dreamy on the track as well
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Man, Phil is a popular guy lately.
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Old 04-24-06, 08:35 PM   #13
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+1, my formulas have treated me quite well.

I thought formulas were fixed free...

One vote for the promax loose bearings. Super smooth goodness.
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Old 04-24-06, 08:37 PM   #14
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I'm building up a set of DAs now, mostly because they are 2/3 the price of Pfils.
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Another option if you don't have a big budget are Surly hubs. They ride just fine and, although they aren't Phils, I think they look pretty good.
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Formulas are either fixed/free or fixed/fixed.
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DA are absolutely the nicest feeling hubs i've ever encountered. smoother than my phil's because they're loose beering
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Old 04-25-06, 03:35 AM   #18
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Hi Tony. Keeping it this side of the Atlantic, have a look at Goldtec. Made in Wales, bombproof and with sealed bearings. Loads of people use them here in London. they look pretty good and, although they're not cheap, they don't cost the same as a small house. I reckon sealed bearings are the way forward for street riding unless you like maintaining things pretty often.
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You and your damned goldtecs. +90 for phil, +1 for goldtec. Go sealed.
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Sealed is good, but anybody can give you a "sealed" bearing hub. Go cartridge for zero-maintenance reliability.
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Hi Tony. Keeping it this side of the Atlantic, have a look at Goldtec. Made in Wales, bombproof and with sealed bearings. Loads of people use them here in London. they look pretty good and, although they're not cheap, they don't cost the same as a small house. I reckon sealed bearings are the way forward for street riding unless you like maintaining things pretty often.
Goldtec...

They look nice, but also very expensive for what appear to be generic asian-made sealed bearing hubs....

about the same price...
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Hi Tony. Keeping it this side of the Atlantic, have a look at Goldtec. Made in Wales, bombproof and with sealed bearings. Loads of people use them here in London. they look pretty good and, although they're not cheap, they don't cost the same as a small house. I reckon sealed bearings are the way forward for street riding unless you like maintaining things pretty often.
Goldtec...

They look nice, but also very expensive for what appear to be generic asian-made sealed bearing hubs....

about the same price...
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They look nice, but also very expensive for what appear to be generic asian-made sealed bearing hubs....
Do you mean appear as in they look like asian-made hubs or do you think they are actually made in Asia? If it's an aesthetic point then cool, although I don't agree, if it's a factual point then they are made in Wales, which isn't in Asia.

Whatever you go for I would get cartridge bearings (what I meant by sealed) cos they require very little maintenance. Formulas, Surlys, Goldtecs and Phils all have cartridge bearings although the quality of the hubshell, axle and bolts varies with the cost. Phils are prettier than Goldtec and a lot more expensive as well.

You could have a look at those ones that Gromada brought to Dublin - what does Ed think of the ones he won?
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Do you mean appear as in they look like asian-made hubs or do you think they are actually made in Asia? If it's an aesthetic point then cool, although I don't agree, if it's a factual point then they are made in Wales, which isn't in Asia.

Whatever you go for I would get cartridge bearings (what I meant by sealed) cos they require very little maintenance. Formulas, Surlys, Goldtecs and Phils all have cartridge bearings although the quality of the hubshell, axle and bolts varies with the cost. Phils are prettier than Goldtec and a lot more expensive as well.

You could have a look at those ones that Gromada brought to Dublin - what does Ed think of the ones he won?
what's the warranty like on the goldtecs?
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what's the warranty like on the goldtecs?
I'm not sure, but I doubt it's anything like as good as what I've heard of Phil's warranty. I heard about a guy who cracked a Goldtec hub shell at the spoke holes and he got a new shell pretty quickly and for free. However, I don't think they will do the stuff that Phil does like replacing hubs with stripped threads.

They're a pretty small company who make various aftermarket parts and their general customer service is good. I bought a built wheel from them which was a really good deal (check the prices on the website - labour is basically free) and bought a new axle to respace the hub. Overall they have been good to deal with and the wheel hasn't needed truing after two years of riding.

I think that the Phil's are a better hub, but at a price. Here in the UK Phils are really expensive - roughly the same in pounds as they are in dollars in the US and I would think the same will be true in Dublin.
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