Re: [CR] Respacing Hi-E Hubs AND World Championship Bands

(Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor)

Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 16:55:23 +0100
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Subject: Re: [CR] Respacing Hi-E Hubs AND World Championship Bands

Jerome & Elizabeth Moos wrote:
> Sometime last year I picked up a quite a bit of Hi-E stuff, much of
> it in one lot from a CR member. I'm thinking of using a pair of Hi-E
> wheels, with Harlan's version of the Hi-Lo rear hub, on the Paramount
> Elite I'm finally getting around to building up. But this wheelset
> and most of the other rear hubs are 120 to 122 mm, while the early
> 80's Paramount is 126 mm as one would expect.
> I know it has been said that one used to have to send the hubs back
> to Harlan for bearing replacement, but what about the end caps? Can
> they be removed without special tools? If so, what is the best way
> to remove them? If I can get them off, I might insert spacers under
> the end caps to respace to 126.

LAter hubs had the RH endcaps reamed for a slipfit. I'd try gently heating the endcap, sticking an old skewer in crooked so it doesn't exit the cap and tapping with a hammer
> This one wheelset is completely Hi-E, including hubs, rims, spokes
> and nipples. The spoke nipples do not protrude from the inside of
> the rim, but are tightened from outside the rim using a special
> socket wrench. Don't some modern prebuilt wheels use nipples of this
> type? If so, replacement nipples for these modern wheels might work
> to replace missing Hi-E nipples. Except the Hi-E nipples seem to be
> 15 gauge. Are any of the modern nipples 15 ga?

HI-E nipples are also much shorter. I might be able to find some

-- mvg

Marten Gerritsen
Kiel Windeweer