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Old 11-20-09, 07:33 PM   #1
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Dura Ace track hubs in BLACK!



Anyone know anything about these? Custom job, or limited edition release? I would dearly love a pair...

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Old 11-20-09, 07:37 PM   #2
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why not powder coat a set...
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Old 11-20-09, 07:40 PM   #3
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Are they powdercoated by an individual then? I thought they may have been anodised. So, the part of the flange that has the DA logo is removable, I presume ..
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Old 11-20-09, 07:46 PM   #4
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Are they powdercoated by an individual then? I thought they may have been anodised. So, the part of the flange that has the DA logo is removable, I presume ..
i dont know what the story is with those, but ive never seen them before so my guess is it would be easier/cheaper to powder coat a set. anodized would be better, but not as cheap. i dont think they would be too hard to take apart, shimano got them together. i know record hubs come apart with ease.
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Old 11-20-09, 08:40 PM   #5
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yeah, powdercoat, then lacuqer.

fanks!
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Old 11-20-09, 09:25 PM   #6
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I actually tried to get a set of da hubs powder coated blue when I was building a wheel set.
But for one, that insert isn't easy to get out. It's glued in pretty good. I just ended up scratching it and putting some indents in the side.
And secondly the thickness of powder coat will not allow a spoke to go through the spoke wholes.

Anodizing is the way to go for hubs. It's lighter and durability isn't an issue for a hub since nothing ever touches it.
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Old 11-20-09, 09:34 PM   #7
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Anodizing is the way to go for hubs. It's lighter and durability isn't an issue for a hub since nothing ever touches it.
+1, although anodizing does take off a very very small amount of metal.
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I actually tried to get a set of da hubs powder coated blue when I was building a wheel set.
But for one, that insert isn't easy to get out. It's glued in pretty good. I just ended up scratching it and putting some indents in the side.
And secondly the thickness of powder coat will not allow a spoke to go through the spoke wholes.

Anodizing is the way to go for hubs. It's lighter and durability isn't an issue for a hub since nothing ever touches it.
I hear ya, but I don't know anywhere that does anodising near me. It's also a fair bit dearer than powdercoating.Plus, the DA logo insert would still need to be removed! As for the spoke holes, I think you could solve this by filing the holes with a very small jewellers file before it gets treated. Also, the logo may be easier to remove if you apply heat to it, with a hairdryer for example, then pick at it with a razor blade/tiny flat screwdriver.
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Old 11-20-09, 11:06 PM   #9
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found some more pics



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is somebody selling those inserts? I would consider buying new ones cause I ruined my front inserts with jasco paint remover. Sorta baked them so they are all bubbly and opaque now.
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Old 11-21-09, 02:26 AM   #11
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Get the ones with the stars on em
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Old 11-21-09, 04:31 AM   #12
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I'd think that powdercoating hubs would affect diameter of a spoke hole, making it difficult to properly fit a spoke without chipping or filing off excess paint.
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i would cut a spoke up and plug the holes. this should let the color get everywhere but the inside of the hole
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the spoke bits would be powdercoated as well and end up stuck in there nicely. source: personal experiences from powdercoating.
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Old 11-21-09, 12:37 PM   #15
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the spoke bits would be powdercoated as well and end up stuck in there nicely. source: personal experiences from powdercoating.
i figured they would "knock free"

i guess its anodize only...
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found some more pics

If these were easy to acquire I would totally get a dura ace high flange laced wheelset
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Those are custom. As far as the hub caps, those are custom made by a Tokyo bike shop.
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Surely a decent powdercoater would know how to either seal off the spoke holes or open them back up afterward. This cannot be an uncommon problem with powdercoating.
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Those are custom. As far as the hub caps, those are custom made by a Tokyo bike shop.
So I can assume from scratch? (notes to clear one in the back of the pic...)
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Old 11-21-09, 05:52 PM   #20
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So I can assume from scratch? (notes to clear one in the back of the pic...)
know what shop?
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Old 11-21-09, 06:34 PM   #21
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Nope; I'm not the OP of the pic

In matter of fact i would like to know too.
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Old 11-21-09, 06:49 PM   #22
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dream works in shibuya, they're $$$$$$ though

http://njs-keirin.blogspot.com/2007/11/hubs.html

ps: those drilled da hubs are ****ing tits
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Old 11-21-09, 07:02 PM   #23
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powdercoating DA hubs? no thanks.
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Old 11-22-09, 01:36 AM   #24
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I went to Dreamworks today. Asked about the black Dura-Ace hubs and the guy said he doesn't have any, but he wants some!!! The hubs with the stars cost 38,000. the regular Dura-Ace hubs cost 20,050. I took some photos for posterity.



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i was reading on a blog about those hub dust caps as they were being called, although they aren't for dust lol. And they are just originals that have been removed from the hub with a hairdryer and knife, the black paint was sanded off the back, and they were repainted. Anyone with a little motivation could do it themselves, and I think they are a really nice little touch. I will probably do it to mine if I don't attempt to drill them out and polish them. this is just so sexy, and if it were polished...

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