Join Date: May 2003
Location: Chicago, IL
Bikes: Bianchi Pista, Miyata track, Schwinn Le Tour fixie
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A friend of mine also reports problems with the Sovos hub. Seems like it might be a good hub for a really econo track bike, but not up to the rigors of street use. Incidentally, bikecult.com/works sells a cool looking wheel set based on the Sovos hub and some aero rims for $120 bucks. Pretty killer deal, but as I said, probably not up to street use.
You can always just spring for the Phil Woods.. Haven't heard any complaints about them lately.
Seriously, another inexpensive option is the Quando track hub. I have one that I rode around on for a few months, that's not really long enough to tell much though. (It's sitting in the garage waiting for another frame to go on to now.)