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Last Post 06/25/2013 03:45 PM by Craig Sinclair. 8 Replies.
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zootracer

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06/22/2013 01:01 PM
Contemplating a new wheel set. I've had good luck with my old Mavic OP's 32 laced to the old Chorus hubs. New wheelset would cost $540. I've noticed Mavic OP wheelset with Miche Campy hubs on eBay for $375. Has anyone had any experience with Miche hubs? Diff in price would be $165. The old Chorus hubs are as smooth as silk. The Miche hubs are sealed bearings. Advice anyone?
pretender

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06/22/2013 03:01 PM
Don't know, but I'm curious too. I'd build you that wheel set for 300, if you'd agree to give me some solid feedback on their performance.
Oldfart

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06/22/2013 04:43 PM
Back in the mid 80's the Miche stuff that I saw was awful. Rough finish, rough bearings and looked cheap. Seeing as they are still around they must have better stuff now.
zootracer

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06/22/2013 05:20 PM
Should have mentioned the alternative to the OP/Miche is OP/Record (not Chorus). Not much diff between the new Record and the discontinued Chorus. My Chorus hubs are 11 years old. I typically overhaul them once a year.

Pretender-I'm mulling over that build...
79pmooney

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06/22/2013 05:39 PM
The current round of Miche track hubs are very workable hubs. I have 3 or 4 built up as road fixie wheels, laced 32 X3 to Velocity Aero rims. Good for several Portland winters before I have to do anything. Then, pop the bearings, put in new and the hubs are like new.

I didn't know there was a "Campy" model Miche hub. I'm guessing this is E-bay slang for Campy compatible, something much (but not all) Miche is.

Miche is common on the track here. Good workable stuff. Meant for serious racing use. Probably not as cutting edge fast as say Dura Ace with it's cup and cone bearings, especially while corning, but plenty good enough for all but those two premier events each year.

Ben
pretender

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06/22/2013 05:47 PM
there are also these: http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/components/wheelsets-rims-hubs/hubs/vo-hi-lo-set.html

i've been super satisfied with everything i've ever bought from VO. could build a set of those to OPs for that 375. yet another option are the formula rb35c (branded as origin8). these are the exact same hubs that velocity sells as their higher end (not race lite, or whatever they're called) model. gotta check on what i can get those for, but i'm thinking 300 is doable on those too.

and oldfart- there are still bikes that say "huffy" on them, and they were total crap in the 80's too. i do think they've actually gotten worse.
Bluemasi1

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06/23/2013 07:00 PM
I own a set of MIche Race Clincher wheels and have no complaints. Granted, they are not the lightest, nor the most aerodynamic, they are a very good set of every day training wheels. They have stayed true and the berings run smooth. One thing to note, Miche hubs have sealed bearings and not the the cup and cone used by Campy. I do think the price you mention in your post is way too high for a set of Miche wheels. Check out Wiggle, they have pretty extensive range of Miche wheels, most under the price you mentioned. Also, with Wiggle you won't have to pay for shipping.
CB2

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06/24/2013 08:07 AM
I built a wheelset with Miche hubs. I don't know how many points of engagement they have but they are the only road hubs I've notice a lag at higher speeds (going from coasting to pedaling over 30 mph). You might as well throw the skewers away as they are worthless (even ludicrously tight I could pull the rear out of vertical drops). Other than that they've done their job, but I would probably spend the extra money at least on the rear hub if there was a do over.
hackmechanic

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06/25/2013 03:45 PM
"Contemplating a new wheel set."

Do you need new wheels? Or just want new wheels?

"I've had good luck with my old Mavic OP's 32 laced to the old Chorus hubs."

This is a really good wheel set.

"New wheelset would cost $540. I've noticed Mavic OP wheelset with Miche Campy hubs on eBay for $375. Has anyone had any experience with Miche hubs? Diff in price would be $165. The old Chorus hubs are as smooth as silk. The Miche hubs are sealed bearings. Advice anyone?"

They haven't made Chorus hubs in, what, 7 years? Maybe 8? You can buy peace of mind for something you know you like and works well for $20-ish a year (5 cents a day) more for the Record hubs. I think you've answered your own question.

For what it's worth, you usually get what you pay for. And for what it's worth, the wheels you have now, if they are still in good shape, are as good as anything you could replace them with, so just keep riding them, but if they are on their last legs I'd suggest you spend the extra $165 and get something you know is good.

I've built half a dozen Miche Campagnolo hubs, they work, they are fine, but I don't think they are nearly as well made as the Campy hubs. You know you'll be happier when you stand back and look at your bike and see those Record hubs in your wheels. That's worth a nickel a day for 7 years.
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