Join Date: Jan 2008
Bikes: Bianchi Pista, Bianchi Vigorelli
Originally Posted by Velocirapture
are they simple to convert to a fixed hub?
my personal opinion on the conversion is it works- but is not the best choice for track, especially if you will exclusively use the disc on the track..
i have had a few disc:
* older zipp 950 with road and track axle
* ProLite with road and track axle
* FFWD with dedicated track axle
all of the disc i have had were good, and performed similarly. i never really had big issues with the convertible hubs- but they can be a little finicky.
learning to use the allen bolt/cone bolt end on the Zipp took a little work- i got it to work, and it would be a non-issue if you had built-in tensioners in your frame... but they are not hugely confidence inspiring.. especially on kilo starts for us Big Boys.. and they take some modifying to fit some dropouts
the Pro-Lite had track nuts on the track conversion- but it had an overly complicated and under engineered conversion axle. i found myself flipping spacers and trying to modify it to spin well.. did my best kilo on that disc- but wasting thoughts on whether the axle is put together correctly is a waste..
(the ProLite used the Novatec convertible hub like on this: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/12...road_disc.html
the FFWD works just like any other track wheel- with no issues tightening the bolts or slipping on starts.. it has worked like it is supposed to every time. that goes a long way with me.