Re: [CR] Avocet Question... 1976


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Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 08:04:13 -0700
From: Kurt Sperry <haxixe@gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Avocet Question... 1976


2009/5/18 Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net>:
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> Not all the Avocet designs worked out.  There were the Model III hubs, which IIRC were to have had magnesium shells and titanium axles.  These were advertised for probably nearly a year, but AFAIK they were never actually sold to the public, although probably prototypes were produced.  I would think magnesioum hub flanges might be subject to cracking at the spoke holes, and as we know Campy quickly abandoned an attempt at Ti axles in Super Record hubs, although Zeus successfully incorporated them in their 2000 hubs.  I would guess that road testing of protypes may have resulted in enough failures that Avocet/Ofmega thought better of the Model III hubs.  Anyone ever actually seen a pair of these hubs, prototypes perhaps?

Sounds like vintage vaporware. I've seen nothing in Ofmega's output of products- a frankly derivative and conservative collection aside from their funky plastic stuff- to suggest they could have hoped to pull off anything like a Magnesium-Titanium hubset.

Kurt Sperry
Bellingham, Washington
USA