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Old 02-09-16, 02:55 PM
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Velo Orange hubs

I might pull the trigger on a pair of VO fixed gear hubs for sale locally. Anyone use these and have a ride report? They sure are nice to look at.

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Old 02-09-16, 03:39 PM
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I know nothing of them but they are nice looking.
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Old 02-09-16, 03:56 PM
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I have VO Grand Cru hubs but for a freewheel. Laced to H Plus Son TB14 high polish and they look great and ride well. Not sure how many miles I have on them, as I rotate between my "keeper" bikes, but so far they are fine.
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Old 02-09-16, 05:25 PM
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My commuter/gravel grinder has a set, freewheel style also (big sale recently). The freehub version is "field servicable" so you can remove the freehub with no tools, making spoke replacement on the road easy.

The only thing you can compare hubs with, outside of looks, is how easily they build, and lifetime. Hubs are kinda odd in that once you build them up, you pretty much forget about them unless they break.
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Old 02-09-16, 06:10 PM
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Not the fg/ss but I also have one set of wheels built with the freewheel version. Like Gugie says it's hard to say much about hubs unless they have a special freehub design or some kind of unique spokes, but at least I can add one data point: The VO hubs I have work as intended and look good doing it. I don't know of any reason not to recommend them.
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Not the fg/ss but I also have one set of wheels built with the freewheel version. Like Gugie says it's hard to say much about hubs unless they have a special freehub design or some kind of unique spokes, but at least I can add one data point: The VO hubs I have work as intended and look good doing it. I don't know of any reason not to recommend them.
Generally I agree with you guys. All a hub has to do is spin and not break.

In the good old days it was a bit different. The first time I held up some wheels with Campagnolo Record Hubs, it was quite striking. The bearings were as smooth as glass. You could barely feel them turn when spun. It was like magic.

Cheaper hubs simply were not that smooth. Only Phil hubs could match them. Of course nowadays even cheap hubs have glass smooth sealed cartridge bearings.

BTW I have some VO hubs but they're not built up yet, so nothing to report except they are pretty. The break apart without tools feature is a good one for a touring bike.
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Old 02-09-16, 08:38 PM
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I built These for a Recent Schwinn Rebuild. They ride really well, spin super smooth. They are supposed to be easy to service too.


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Never used or handled them, so I have nothing to add in terms of use, but I agree they are easy on the eyes.
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Old 02-09-16, 08:57 PM
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But do they role faster with skinny tires or fat tires?
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But do they role faster with skinny tires or fat tires?
I vote for no tires. I don't need no stinkin' contact patch! I have the VO freewheel hubs and they look nice and work well.
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I vote for no tires. I don't need no stinkin' contact patch! I have the VO freewheel hubs and they look nice and work well.
I'm sticking with the soul patch.
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
Generally I agree with you guys. All a hub has to do is spin and not break.

In the good old days it was a bit different. The first time I held up some wheels with Campagnolo Record Hubs, it was quite striking. The bearings were as smooth as glass. You could barely feel them turn when spun. It was like magic.
Sanshin made hubs were up there as well.
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You got to love VO for having an affordable 126mm freewheel rear hub. A perfect match for my NOS Araya 27" rims.
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You got to love VO for having an affordable 126mm freewheel rear hub. A perfect match for my NOS Araya 27" rims.
their 130mm version is on sale for $35, which is affordable, i guess.

still, i'd rather my hubs read "campagnolo" (and be even more affordable) than "gran cru."

the last two campy hubsets i purchased cost under $100 total. ($25 per hub with skewers.) and they were perfect.

i bought a campy gs rear hub with skewer this week for about $15.

and if you look, you can find great hubs on wrecked or rusty bikes.

if you like high-flange ones, suzues are especially nice and available on inexpensive japanese bikes.
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