Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Tell me about Phil Wood hubs

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Tell me about Phil Wood hubs

Old 08-21-12, 05:58 PM
  #1  
tsappenfield
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Akron, OH
Posts: 430

Bikes: 2008 Seven Axiom Steel, 1984 Colnago Nuovo Mexico, 2008 Cervelo P2C, 2000 Trek Multitrack 7200

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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.?

TSapp
tsappenfield is offline  
Old 08-21-12, 06:36 PM
  #2  
jrecoi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Armenia, Colombia
Posts: 295

Bikes: 1961 Raleigh Sports

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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.
jrecoi is offline  
Old 08-21-12, 07:55 PM
  #3  
Cougrrcj 
Over forty victim of Fate
 
Cougrrcj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 3,890

Bikes: A few...

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 620 Post(s)
Liked 368 Times in 255 Posts
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???
Cougrrcj is offline  
Old 08-21-12, 10:10 PM
  #4  
Wulf
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 806
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 249 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 28 Times in 22 Posts
I bought my phil hubs in 1977 and asside from replacing the rear axel from 120-126, they are still the same.
Wulf is offline  
Old 08-21-12, 10:28 PM
  #5  
Calverticus
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 7

Bikes: Road

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have a set I just listed on C/L.
https://kansascity.craigslist.org/bik/3206539021.html

Is it kosher to point that out here?

Calvert
Kansas City
Calverticus is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Nate998
Road Cycling
14
06-01-18 10:48 AM
reg
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
0
07-06-13 02:51 PM
mavic517
Bicycle Mechanics
16
08-13-12 09:49 AM
vonfilm
Classic & Vintage
3
07-08-10 11:59 AM
chaifilms
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
3
12-24-09 11:00 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.