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Campy hub questionKenS
Dec 2, 2002 9:58 AM
I am planning to build up a set of wheels for a mid-70's Atala. It was a 10-speed, with a 5-cluster freewheel. Therefore I assume that it takes a 120mm rear hub. I will be looking for a used or NOS set of hubs. I would guess that my best chance of finding hubs in decent shape of that vintage would be to look for Campys (true or not?). The problem is that I don't know all the ins and outs of obtaining Campy hubs of that vintage. So here are my questions...

1. What models am I likely to find in decent working order?

b. Where am I likely to find a decent set?

iii. What price range should I expect to pay?

I was looking at the offerings on ebay, and saw that there was quite a range in quality and price.
re: Campy hub questioncurlybike
Dec 2, 2002 8:27 PM
Your best bet is a set of Nuovo Record Campy . #6 hole was pretty much standard at that time. Make sure that you get a set that has a rear hub threaded to fit a freewheel that you can get, that would be English. Italian freewheels are rare and French are really rare. I may have a set in the garage that would be proper. I don't know what condition they are in. Keep checking with me, or send me your e-mail and we can go direct.
re: Campy hub questionCalvin
Dec 3, 2002 6:11 AM
You might also consider the Tipo model from Campagnolo. Less expensive at the time, but still very nice. I've had a pair on my commuter for years. Good luck on a freewheel from that era. You might just want to get a modern 5-speed. A Regina, Atom, or Millard would be better, but you will likely only find worn out models.
threading?KenS
Dec 3, 2002 1:13 PM
I assume british threading is the most common and that there are not sub varieties of british threading that I must worry about.
Do you want a Campy hub, or just a hub that works?Straightblock
Dec 3, 2002 3:44 PM
If it's a full Campy high-end bike with a nice Columbus frame, then sure, go for the Nuovo Record hubs. But they weren't the most common hub on the road in the 70's. Millions of bikes were made with Normandy, early Shimano, and other brands, and many of those bikes were barely ridden.

But regardless, any threaded freewheel hub with 120 or 126 mm spacing will work. It's easy enough to spread a steel frame to fit. 126 mm might even be better so you can use any 5, 6, or 7 speed freewheel. You can also re-space a 120mm hub to 126 if you can't find a 5 speed freewheel, but you may need a longer axle, too.

If you have an older LBS in town they might have some NOS or used hubs laying around you can pick up cheap. Do you build your own wheels or is the shop doing it? If you're not picky about having "period-correct" parts, the LBS may have or be able to order pre-built wheels cheaper than they can build one up for you on a used hub.

Freewheel & hub threads were either English, French or Italian. English & Italian were the same except for thread angle, and are interchangeable. English is the same thread used on single freewheels today. French threaded hubs probably haven't been made in over 20 years and are pretty rare. It's doubtful you'll run across one of those.

A word of warning: Unless they originally came with tubular tires, most bikes built in the 70's, even many European bikes, were built around 27" wheels rather than 700C. Before you sink much money into a wheelset, be sure what you have or you may end up with brake reach problems.