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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...

    Cheers!

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    why not powder coat a set...

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by tbrtbx View Post
    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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    yeah, powdercoat, then lacuqer.

    fanks!

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by stryper View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by stryper View Post
    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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    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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    Get the ones with the stars on em

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by oldfolksmashers View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by tbrtbx View Post
    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.
    1988 Miele Azsora

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    Quote Originally Posted by evotion View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by happypills View Post
    So I can assume from scratch? (notes to clear one in the back of the pic...)
    know what shop?

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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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    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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    powdercoating DA hubs? no thanks.

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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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