Old 01-10-19, 04:29 AM
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Maxicar solved the problem a very long time ago (1950s) by making the axle thicker for a couple centimeters at the spot where they break and bend.

Sanshin Gyromaster did the same. Or at least my Sanshin have the section of fat axle. Would be interested if the other versions of that hub marked Specialized and SunTour had the same. The Maxicar was odd, heavy, super expensive, small production, basically lasted forever. Sanshin was a lightweight popular price hub made and sold in quantity.

It's an old problem with an old and simple solution. Instead of taking the simple path Shimano introduced (or rather, reintroduced, as cassette hubs go back to 1930s) cassette hubs and obliged all other players to follow suit. Why keep it simple when there's an opportunity to sell product?
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