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Old 07-16-08, 10:40 PM   #1
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Where to find colored components?

I currently have black Formula hubs, but am trying to find red hubs to replace them. Where can I find red powder coated or anodized hubs that are of equal or greater quality as the Formula hubs? I know that Phil Wood makes excellent hubs, but those are way out of my budget. I'm hoping to find hubs no more than $80 or so per hub.

I'm also looking for red pedals and white spokes, but they're difficult to find. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!
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Old 07-16-08, 11:02 PM   #2
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IRO has what you are looking for.
http://shop.irocycle.com/shop/produc...3&cat=5&page=1
http://shop.irocycle.com/shop/produc...4&cat=5&page=1

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Old 07-16-08, 11:31 PM   #3
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i have red iro hubs. theyre not bad, but in retrospect i probably should have bought something a little nicer, or at least the milwaukee ones because they have hollow axles. regardless, i would still recommend them, theyre a solid low end hub that works fine for all weather commuting or whatever youre doing where you dont have to worry about ruining them. the logo is a bit much but i'm still happy with them.
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i have red iro hubs. theyre not bad, but in retrospect i probably should have bought something a little nicer, or at least the milwaukee ones because they have hollow axles. regardless, i would still recommend them, theyre a solid low end hub that works fine for all weather commuting or whatever youre doing where you dont have to worry about ruining them. the logo is a bit much but i'm still happy with them.
What exactly don't you like about them, and what makes them 'low end'?
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What exactly don't you like about them, and what makes them 'low end'?
well, theyre not exactly phil wood. i haven't ridden a lot of different hubs, but i have ridden some that are a lot smoother like dura ace and gran compe. its not that i dont like them, aside from the huge logos i do. i just wish i got the milwaukees because the hollow axles make them eligible for axle locks, which would be great in the city. at the time i didnt have the option for these though and i dont regret buying them at all. theyre essentially the same as a formula hub. solid, just nothing special.
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The Milwaukee's are just rebranded formulas. You can get Kazane hubs in colors too. I have powdercoated formulas that hold up alright. Anodized would be better, IMO, but it was all I could get in white.

The IROs will be more than adaquate for street riding (and track riding too, for 99% of people, anyhow). Most of the whole "....don't role as smooth as Phil/DA/etc..." is strictly mental (ie "I just spent $300 on hubs so they better be worth it"), especially when talking about riding on the street.

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What do you think about the Kazane hubs?
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The kazane hubs are just rebadged dimensions as far as I can tell. I tend to think that the formula hubs are nicer as their hardware is better and the threads seem a little more solid.
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well, theyre not exactly phil wood. i haven't ridden a lot of different hubs, but i have ridden some that are a lot smoother like dura ace and gran compe. its not that i dont like them, aside from the huge logos i do. i just wish i got the milwaukees because the hollow axles make them eligible for axle locks, which would be great in the city. at the time i didnt have the option for these though and i dont regret buying them at all. theyre essentially the same as a formula hub. solid, just nothing special.
I actually have both Formula and Phil Wood hubs, and for putting around town the difference really isn't there. Where PW really exceeds Formula is in bearing life and water tightness.

Pitlock makes axle locks for solid axles.
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I just came across Profile Racing Track hubs. What's the quality of these compared to the Formula and Phil Woods?
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