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Old 09-21-13, 05:07 PM
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Maddux wheels for Bianchi - hub problems

The freewheel hub on my rear wheel froze during a commute last week and I was essentially stuck riding a fixed-gear bike home. Nothing against fixies, but I enjoy my gears, so I took the Bianchi to my LBS and had them take a look at it. It took a week for them to decide that there's no hope for the hub, so now I turn to you all on the forum. The wheels are made by Maddux, which is a small company out of Taiwan without much of a US presence. To make matters worse, the wheels are "limited edition" Bianchi wheels, which means a fancy paint job and very unique hubs. My LBS said they don't have any hubs that would work with these wheels and suggested contacting Bianchi or Maddux for replacement parts. I sent an email to Maddux and plan to call Bianchi on Monday. Any advice on what to do in this situation? I'd rather not spring for a new wheelset if the hub is replaceable, which it should be, right?
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Old 09-21-13, 05:12 PM
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reading between the lines, I gather that these wheels were OE on your Bianchi. If so, your next (and should have been the first) step would be to speak to the Bianchi dealer you bought from, or to another Bianchi dealer if you moved.

Companies change specs who they deal with all the time, so if your bike isn't very new, there's a good chance that a matching replacement isn't available. Then it's a fix or replace issue, and you may have to buy a non matching replacement wheel.

BTW- replacing a hub within a wheel is more expensive than replacing the entire wheel, so if the hub isn't repairable, than a new wheel is the only practical recourse.
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Is it essential that you maintain the special "fancy paint job" and other cosmetics? How new is this wheel? If just having a properly operating wheel is important and the bike is old enough to be out of warranty, a new complete wheel will be less expensive than having the hub replaced on yours.
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Thanks for the quick replies! My LBS told me the same thing about the cost of replacing a hub versus buying a new wheel. If I don't hear anything from Maddux or Bianchi, I'll be shopping for some new wheels soon.
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