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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 10-19-08, 07:33 PM   #1
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Iro wheels?

I know there have been many posts about this same topic, but nothign recent.

I've searched and it seems that IRO changes the brands they use to build their wheels. They're website doesnt' work at the moment (the buy parts link) and it's bugging me.

What hubs/spokes/ and rims do they use?

I've been reading that they use deep vs, then arrowheads, then knockoff arrowheads for the rims. Then they'll use forumula hubs?

I've noticed that they ahve two different type of hubs, one premium and a regular hub. Are they both name brand hubs just renamed w/ IRO on it?

Any current info on the rims/spokes/hubs woudl be great. I am thinking about purchasing a wheelset from them and want to know i'm getting quality parts (not a knock off arrowhead rim). It seems like everyone uses the Deep V rims and I'm getting sick of it. I do prefer the arrowheads over the deep vs.
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Old 10-19-08, 07:36 PM   #2
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the hubs(at least the regular ones) are formulas. I'm pretty sure the rims are velocity fusions or knockoffs or those.

They are very good wheels, however they don't stand up well to hitting curbs at 25 mph.
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Old 10-19-08, 07:37 PM   #3
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the hubs(at least the regular ones) are formulas. I'm pretty sure the rims are velocity fusions or knockoffs or those.

They are very good wheels, however they don't stand up well to hitting curbs at 25 mph.
i dont think alot of rims would would hold up to that....
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sarcasm doesn't come across well on the net.
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Also it seems like the Forumla hubs are the popular choice. However, which forumula hubs are we all speaking of? I visited the site and I see about 12 different track hubs?
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The common thinking is that the 'premier' hubs are rebranded Dia-Compe Grand Compe hubs, although some dispute that. They definitely look similar, and whatever they are, they work really well. The standard hubs (formulas) are these : http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/f...bs.html#harris .
The Iro rims are made by Kinlin and have gotten good reviews all around.
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The common thinking is that the 'premier' hubs are rebranded Dia-Compe Grand Compe hubs, although some dispute that. They definitely look similar, and whatever they are, they work really well. The standard hubs (formulas) are these : http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/f...bs.html#harris .
The Iro rims are made by Kinlin and have gotten good reviews all around.
Thanks so much! Would you happen to know which spokes they use? The Kinlin rims look similar to the areohead if not the same?
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Also, does formula make a hub that is strictly fixed on one side with no other option on the other side of the hub? I believe their are hubs that are "fixed/fixed" "fixed/free" "free/free" but is there a formula hub w/ "fixed/nothing"? I read somewhere that it's possible and it's strictly for looks and that is what i'm going after.
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"fixed/nothing"? I read somewhere that it's possible and it's strictly for looks and that is what i'm going after.
Looks? Who looks at the non-drive side of the rear hub?
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I was just reading up on Iro's site and they do offer just a fixed gear hub. I would assume it would be lighter as well.
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Anyone? Am I getting this entirely wrong? Or are all rear hubs offered with double sided threads.
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fixed/nothing is all the rage in japan. you know, some njs thing. they stopped doing nothing/nothing, but that's lame. Tony from IRO can make you a special fixed/coasterbrake if you call him up and ask.

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