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    Wannabe
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    Hubset or Mix Hubs?

    I want to build some wheels for my fixed/single crosser. The idea is to try to keep the cost down (yeah right). Should I go with hubset from formula or IRO (maybe Milwaukee) or use a Paul High Flange on the rear and something like a 105 hub up front?

    Does a better rear hub overcome the aesthetics of a matched set or are we starting to split hairs?

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    Splitting hairs. I have a Mavic Cosmos up front (cause I got it for 60 clams from one of the mail order joints) and a Formula laced to a OPro in the rear. Saved me all of 10 dollars though, compared to a set of built wheels from IRO (Formula/DeepV's)... but I got exactly what I wanted.
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    blacksheep the blemish
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    If you are actually racing cross quick release is awfully nice for the pits.

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    jack of one or two trades Aeroplane's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by crummyrider
    Does a better rear hub overcome the aesthetics of a matched set or are we starting to split hairs?
    Nothing can overcome aesthetics.

    Seriously, that isn't something you should have to ask somebody else about. Not to mention that a Phil rear hub costs more than a lot of complete hubsets...
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    I personally don't really care about having matching hubs. Buy the best hub you can afford for the rear and anything you like the looks of for the front.
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    I have a White Industries ENO on the rear and a Shimano XT on the front of my fixed/SS MTB... works fine, doesn't look bad.

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    i strongly recommend trying to rustle up a shimano 105 front wheel. old, new whatever. it's ****in' smooth and really well-sealed, and is not going to break the bank. mine is QR so i always lock up both wheels super easy. i love it.
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