Re: [CR] Advice on French hubs for vintage touring bike

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Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 22:01:07 -0700
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>
To: <>, Charlotte Bronte <>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Advice on French hubs for vintage touring bike

Well, Maxicar are ideal, but also rare and expensive. Both Normandy Competition and their decendants Maillard 700 were excellent hubs. Some claim Campy Record were smoother, but I find little difference. Some claim Campy lasted longer, but I've never worn out a Normandy Competition or Maillard 700. If something a bit newer is appropriate, Mavic hubs are IMHO every bit as good as anything Campy ever made.


Jerry Moos
Big Spring, Texas, USA

--- On Sun, 5/17/09, Charlotte Bronte wrote:

> From: Charlotte Bronte <>

\r?\n> Subject: [CR] Advice on French hubs for vintage touring bike

\r?\n> To:

\r?\n> Date: Sunday, May 17, 2009, 8:10 AM

\r?\n> I'm hoping to find some sage advice here--not yet

\r?\n> disappointed!--about French hubs for my retro-vintage

\r?\n> touring bike I'm building. On the advice of this list,

\r?\n> I've already procured a Stronglight crankset, a set of

\r?\n> Simplex derailleurs, Mafac brakes and levers, and now am

\r?\n> pondering hubs. I slso have a nice set of Mavic Module E

\r?\n> clinchers awaiting a build. This is my first foray into the

\r?\n> French parts, so my only point of comparison is Campy high

\r?\n> flange, which I love.


\r?\n> Which French hubs will give me comparable performance and

\r?\n> longevity: Maillard, Atom, Normandy, Maxi-Car, others?


\r?\n> Shining a penlight into the dark here, so any advice

\r?\n> welcome.


\r?\n> Robert Aguirre

\r?\n> Windsor, ON




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