Chub Hub

I built this wheel for Jake, one of the Seattle fixie stars. It’s a Chub Hub, a double-sided fixed gear hub of massive proportions. The immense hub is constructed of carbon and aluminium with provision for cogs and track lockrings on both sides. The rim is a H+ Son, custom powdercoated black. Finished off with black DT Swiss Champion spokes and black brass nipples, the whole wheel is stealth. I thought I’d just cut the spokes and lace ‘em, but I hate to leave things unfinished.

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Notice my own pink Phil Wood track hub in the background. Whereas the Phil hub has 67mm flanges, the Chub has 101.6mm flanges. With the 42mm rims, the wheel seems halfway to a full disc.

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Cool! Didn’t know those guys were still around. They came into the shop I worked at in SF back in 2002 or so. The Chub was crazy - the size of a soup can but crazy light when compared to a Phil or Campy hub. A real shock when you first pick up something that bulky only to discover how light it is.

After I built the wheel, I think I overcompensated for the low density of the hub, and way underestimated the weight of the complete wheel.  The wheel weighed 1175gr, which is to be expected with that rim and straight gauge spokes.  But your mind freaks out because it’s expecting the boat anchor your eyes were talking about.  It’s lighter than my Phil Wood/Hed Belgian fixie wheel, but not world-class light.

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