Re: [CR]High Flange/mid flange/low flange

(Example: Framebuilders:Bernard Carré)

Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 23:24:20 -0400
From: Marcus Coles <>
Subject: Re: [CR]High Flange/mid flange/low flange
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Art Link wrote:
> What are the purported advantages ,if any, of high over low flange from a mechanical or physics standpoint? Spoke stress? What is the largest flange known? I have a Schwinn Superior hub at 100 mm flange diameter,a German Pranafa at 90mm, an English Airlite rear hub at 88mm. At some point increased weight might "outweigh" other purported advantages. Will the experts please weigh in! Art-ever curious-Link,San Antonio,TX,USA
> Not an expert, but I was led to believe high flange hubs made a stronger wheel due to the shorter spokes and better bracing angle at the expense of greater weight.

I think the main driving force in the desirability in most cases was aesthetics of the high flange hubs and the fact that in the 1960's and early 70's it often visibly separated the low from the mid and high range offerings of several bicycle manufacturers.

Marcus Coles
London, Ontario, Canada