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Old 12-11-09, 03:52 PM   #1
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Velocity Tandem Hub? - Quality??

I have been trying to find some info on the quality level of Velocity hubs used on some of their tandem packages with Deep V or Dyad rims.
So far I haven't come up with anything through my seaches including Velocity USA's web site. In fact I can't tell if they have a specificTandem strength designated hub or how to identify it.
I have some hub experience with Shimano's HF08's, Bontrager's by DT Swiss and some Phil Woods tandem hubs and would like to know how the Velocity hubs compares to any of them... Has anybody had experience with the Veolcity hubs in Tandem applications?

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Old 12-11-09, 04:12 PM   #2
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http://www.chosen-hubs.com/pro.php?sid=7&tid=54&p_no=61

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Old 12-11-09, 06:08 PM   #3
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Are the Co-Motion branded hubs made by Velocity? The look similar. The Co-Motion hub is specked on of their tandems.
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Velocity shows their tandem wheels at http://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=574
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Are the Co-Motion branded hubs made by Velocity? The look similar. The Co-Motion hub is specked on of their tandems.
Velocity doesn't make hubs... See above. Velocity is using Chosen-made, Velocity-branded hubs.
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Thanks TG for the info on Chosen/Winzip. Clearly the Velocity and Chosen hubs are the same.
I think highly of Velocity's rims for tandems and cross bikes because of their strength and durability, and was hoping for similar qualities in their hubs.
I know nothing about Chosen as a manufacturer (a very limited web site) but I don't come away with the warm and fuzzies regarding their quality nor can I find any available info on how those hubs are put together. I'm getting the feeling that they are on the lower side of the tandem hub quality scale but don't really know that.
I would be very interested in what anyone's sense is of their quality level, compared to other popular Tandem hubs..

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We have velocity hubs on our Screamer. The only thing I don't like about them is the engagement. Sometimes, when we being to pedal, the pawls don't catch, and it slips to the next tooth. It holds fine after that. When it happens it's a bit disconcerting, and noisy as it suddenly catches on the next tooth. We have a Hugi on the rear of our Burley, and it engages with no fuss. I've been thinking getting a new rear hub. The problem has been more of an annoyance and doesn't happen all the time, but I'd be happier with it gone.
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Thanks la2sei, that is the kind of info I'm trying to get a feel for...btw, nice inventory of bikes, very diverse..that Centurrion IM was my Tri bike (actually my only single bike) for a couple of years. Thanks again.

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Thanks la2sei, that is the kind of info I'm trying to get a feel for...btw, nice inventory of bikes, very diverse..that Centurrion IM was my Tri bike (actually my only single bike) for a couple of years. Thanks again.

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Velocity's single bike hubs are usually Formula. Not bad hubs but if you are after a set if higher end wheels, perhaps not the best choice. I am high on Velocity's rims and use them in every wheel build. For a decently price mainstream tandem wheel set, I built a rear for our Screamer using a Shimano HF08 and a Velocity Aeroheat rim and will build a front with the same rim and an XT hub this winter. This is why I like to build my own wheels, I don't necessarily save money but I can get a mix of components not usually available commercially. If I could afford it, I would buy the Phil Wood Hubs but for the money Shimano is a good mainstream hub that will last a good long time.
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I got a set of the Velocity Deep Vee's for my tandem. Like them a lot. They are strong and true. These are not Phil Woods, but they are very serviceable. Not the lightest, but they are disk ready. Don't have the engaging problem mentioned above. Put 28s on these, 38s on the stock rim. Use the old ones for trail/levee rides. If you budget is tight these can fit the bill.
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