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Old 10-19-15, 09:08 AM
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Normandy Luxe Competition hubs, easily regreased?

I have a set of OE Normandy Luxe Competition hubs with a Maillard freewheel. Are these hubs easily maintained? These hubs should be in excellent condition, but they need cleaning and regreasing, at the minimum. Will I need any special tools?

Also, can I fit a Suntour 5 speed freewheel to the bike?
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Old 10-19-15, 09:35 AM
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They are not difficult to work on, with the sole caveat that the shells lack the familiar removable dust caps. Q-tips, paper towels on a screwdriver, etc. are pretty effective at cleaning out the old grease. Inserting new bearings and grease is pretty easy, as well. They are nice hubs, although not quite as durable as Campagnolos.
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+1 to John E's comments. IME the cones tend to wear more than Campagnolo and some others. AFA the Suntour freewheel, it will depend on the threading of the hub. You can try putting a French BB lockring on to see if what you have is French. I have on occasion seen a French thread freewheel indicated by a dot on the backside. I have seen some French Suntour, but not many.
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They have a reputation for having soft cones.
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Normandy Luxe Competition hubs

You will need a 13 mm cone wrench.
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be careful not to disturb the dustcaps. they are actually separate pieces of metal which are machined over and polished to give hub shell a one-piece appearance. when popped out they do not press fit back in like the usual removable dustcaps.

edit:

forgot to mention that internals are the same for the original version with the oil hole in the barrel and the later version with the foil label on the barrel. changeover year was about 1969.

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