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Old 01-19-10, 06:03 PM   #1
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How in the heck do I know which cone to use?

The front hub cones on my Cannondale T400 are trashed. I rode them till they died, and then clean and repacked with grease and rode another bunch of miles on them until finally they are just absolutely gone.

I need to replace them. Problem is, looking at Jenson and some of the other sites, there is a dizzying array of sizes and types!!! I would love to be able to say "well, it's a Deore LX hub, so I'll just get the LX compatible cones!" But alas, my life is not that simple.
The hubs are "Sovos." I have never heard of sovos, and my uneducated assumption is that it's a model made by Shimano.

So aside from there being varying quality levels of hubs (105 vs. ultegra, etc...) how do I know which oes to get, or are they all a standard compatible size and I should stop worrying?

thanks in advance for your advice.
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I would find a local bike shop and see if they can match it. Wheels manufacturing makes replacement cones I think, most shops will have an assortment. Most shops also pull axles and cones out of old wheels to save for repairs, that is probably what you will need to find. A bike shop with a big bin of old cones/axles.

Quick google search yielded this link to the wheels manufacturing cones, says sovos, joytech etc. I don't know if they sell them individually, they usually come in the assortment box like shown here:
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seems to be out of stock here
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I'd also back the trip to the bike-shop. Otherwise you could end up with several expensive mistakes in your collection of parts. Letting the shop match it will be much cheaper.

Failing that, try to get the specs for the hubs used on your bike by Cannondale T400 at the date of manufacture. That sould give you what you need to know.
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I had a '94 C-dale hybrid with Sovos hubs. Taiwanese or thereabouts country of origin. No connection to Shimano. Easiest way to compare cones is side-by-side. That said, Tandems Unlimited sent me 'Taiwanese hub' cones several years ago that work fine in the 'Taiwanese' generic hub on the front of my KHS tandem.
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