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Old 11-25-12, 11:35 AM
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School me on OMAS hubs

I've got a 27" wheel set with Araya rims and OMAS hubs. I've heard good things about OMAS hubs, but I haven't found a lot on the web and I'm just curious. Anyone else have them? Like 'em, hate 'em, purely indifferent? School me, please.
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I have an OMAS hub / Wolber tubular wheelset and like them, but can't say I notice any [measurable to me] difference between this set and the Suntour Superbe set I replaced them with (bike was mostly Suntour). IIRC the axles were supposedly ti, but I've never confirmed that with a magnet.

I'd like to (economically) build up an OMAS bike, but all I have so far is a BB and wheelset.
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Beautiful, super smooth and super light. I have 2 sets that I have yet to put to good use, but I mean to at some point.
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So the flat proof inner tube that I found inside the tire which seems to weigh twice as much as the actual tire itself is...uh... Somewhat counterproductive?

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If memory serves, they were one of the first to embrace titanium in the 70's, trying to go head-to-head with Campagnolo. I am sure they made good hubs, and then they made out of this world hubs (like anyone else). I have a set destined for my Mercian, but they don;t seem all that remarkable. Maybe my mind will change if I ever get them on the bike. Ebay'ers are sure proud of them.
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OMAS was really big on light weight and engineering quality; their finish rivaled Campagnolo.

I got this pair from Kurt and I love them. They're smooth as butter and are lightened up by the alloy ends on the skewers. They're pretty light; I hope to find a befitting pair of tubular rims and build them up next year.



Do yours have alloy ends, too?

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Do yours have alloy ends, too?
I don't have the original skewers. Kinda wish I did now that I see yours.
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Do yours have alloy ends, too?

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Mine have a brass or a brass-looking anodized cap on the end of the skewer. Pretty cool, and I've never seen similar.
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Originally Posted by AZORCH View Post
Mine have a brass or a brass-looking anodized cap on the end of the skewer. Pretty cool, and I've never seen similar.
I'm not sure which came first: the brownish/brass anodized versions (end caps) or the ones I have. I have a suspicion that mine are later hubs; I believe the earlier ones came with decals on the barrels vice stampings as on mine (I could have my sums wrong, though).

I agree with you - the brownish/brass anodizing looks superior to my mind as well.

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
OMAS was really big on light weight and engineering quality; their finish rivaled Campagnolo....
OMAS initial foray in the bicycle industry was manufacturing the titanium bits for Campagnolo's Super Record line. They concentrated on high end, light weight parts and were also early advocates for the use of sealed cartridge bearings.
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
I'm not sure which came first: the brownish/brass anodized versions (end caps) or the ones I have. I have a suspicion that mine are later hubs; I believe the earlier ones came with decals on the barrels vice stampings as on mine (I could have my sums wrong, though).

I agree with you - the brownish/brass anodizing looks superior to my mind as well.

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I only have one skewer, the front, and it has the pointed end acorn nut w/D ring, and both ends are anodized black, except that the curved skewer is silver.
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