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Old 08-21-12, 05:58 PM
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Tell me about Phil Wood hubs

I don't know a thing about Phil Wood hubs for 1980's era road bikes. How do they compare to Campy, Shimano, Sun Tour, and other makers insofar as engineering, life, $ value, etc.?

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Phil Wood hubs from the late 70s and 80s are the same as today's Phil Woods hubs: Indestructable, well made and reliable. Their main claim to fame is that they were the first of the American parts makers to use cartridge bearings (Maxicar was doing similar things in the 40s and 50s in France), starting in the 70s. In the late 80s-early 90s, they changed the design of their hubs to make the bearings user replaceable, you can send in the earlier hubs to get them refurbished.
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Yep, I made up a set of wheels using Phil Wood hubs back in early '77. They were one of the few makers of 'sealed-bearing' hubs at the time. Even back then, a set of Phil hubs alone cost a tad more than a hundred bucks when you could buy an entire mid-range bike for $200!

Yeah, I had a $150 wheelset on a $200 bike. I had that wheelset for years, and thousands of miles! I wish I hadn't traded them away, but I taco'd a rim in rural Indiana while on a cross-country ride and a LBS offered me a new complete wheelset for my ruined Phil-equipped set as an 'even trade'... Seeing as how I was hundreds of miles from home, what choice did I have???
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I bought my phil hubs in 1977 and asside from replacing the rear axel from 120-126, they are still the same.
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I have a set I just listed on C/L.

Is it kosher to point that out here?

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