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flip flop hubDan B
Jun 13, 2001 2:21 AM
I bought a used single speed with a flip flop hub that is already on its way out. I need recommendations for a replacement for the hub
the bike shop said that they rx a DA for 125 and a P Wood for 250
OUCH. Any one know what other, less expensive options I have
re: flip flop hubtwikkie
Jun 13, 2001 1:33 PM
check out Sheldon Brown's website at Harris cyclery. They offer a selection of both expensive, and inexpensive, track, fixed gear, and flip flop hubs.
re: flip flop hubTommy B
Jun 13, 2001 2:22 PM
Hey! You beat me to it! I was just about to recommend Harris Cyclery. Well, here's a link to the hubs there...

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/fixed.html#hubs

If you have any questions about the hubs, e-mail Sheldon. He's very helpful and "the Man" when it comes to fixed gear/singlespeed info. If you're on a tight budget, you can just buy the rear hub and use a less expensive regular road hub up front. (Plus, having a quick release lever is nice when you get a flat.)

FWIW, when I was first looking at hubs for the fixed gear bike I'm building, I was set on getting the Dura Ace Track hubs until I realized the bearings on these are NOT sealed. If low-maintenance is a factor for you, look for hubs with sealed bearings. Most of the other flip-flop hubs out there have them.

A friend/co-worker of mine who is also a bike mechanic finally convinced me that the Phil Wood hubs were well worth the money for long lasting durability and very high quality sealed bearings. They were a little pricey, but I'm glad I got them. They're incredibly smooth!

I've also been told from a few other mechanics that Suzue Pro Max ($149/pair) and Miche track hubs($129.95/pair) are quite nice, but to avoid American Classic track hubs due to lower quality bearings and the less durable alloy axles they use. Their shop no longer sells them unless someone insists on special ordering them. (This is just what I was told, not my personal experience, but these mechanics work on a lot of wheels for couriers here in Boston and I trust their opinions).

Good luck and have a blast!
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Jun 14, 2001 3:45 PM
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