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Old 07-05-06, 07:33 PM
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Normandy Luxe Competition low flange hubs?

My Raleigh Super Course mixte was finally delivered today. As soon as I saw the non-stainless spokes I was sure the wheels were going to the junk pile. Then I noticed the red tags on the hubs. They say Normandy Luxe Competition. Those are supposed to be great hubs, so I hope it's true. What bothers me is that they're low flange and I've never seen them in anything but high flange. Are they the real thing or did somebody transplant the stickers from the real thing? The only other remarkable thing about the hubs is that they have red plastic dust caps. Plastic doesn't necessarily mean cheap, though. I have a set of Maillard 700s with plastic caps.

EDIT: I just found on the Classic Rendezvous site that low-flange Normandy Luxe Competitions were standard equipment on the Peugeot PKN10E, so I feel better. Now if I can just find a picture!

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Saw some on the Buy a while back...only other time I have seen them. I know they are supposed to be good hubs, but they have never impressed me. Large flange was original equip on my LeJeune.
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It appears that they are the real thing, but the spokes and rims are shot. It would cost way too much to rebuild them. I guess they'll hang from the rafters. I've got a set with Campy hubs with aero spokes and Ambrosio Montreal tubular rims that I can use on the Raleigh. My wife said she wants a lighter, faster bike with a mixte frame.

Now I need to find some centerpulls with really long reach.
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I currently own two pairs of high-flange Normandy Luxe Competition hubs, including the pair on my trusty Peugeot UO-8 daily commuter, and I speak from ample experience with them over the years. They generally work well if very carefully maintained, but their axles are prone to bending or (rear only) breaking, and I was not surprised when a metallurgist friend told me their bearing cone and race surfaces do not rate as hard as Campagnolo's on the Moh's scale. They do look sharp (see pictures of my UO-8 elsewhere under Classics & Vintage).
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