low flange vs. high flange hubs
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    low flange vs. high flange hubs

    I'm just getting into SS riding and plan on trying fixed gear a little later, so with no experience I really don't know the answer to this question.
    Why do track wheels traditionally use high flange hubs instead of low flange hubs? Extra stiffness, strength or something else?
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    Supposedly,

    extra stiffness and strength, because of shorter spokes. Probably largely a myth, though the higher angle probably adds some lateral stiffness. Now mainly just tradition, I think.

    FWIW, I think they look cool. My cobbled-together fixie has wheels I built on some old (cheap, touring-bike) Campy thread-on freewheel hubs. They're pretty beat up, but I polished them and they look nifty, I think. They roll real smooth, too.

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    With most current fixies, it's tradition and/or the coolness/aesthetics factor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo
    With most current fixies, it's tradition and/or the coolness/aesthetics factor.
    I've had issues with low flange hubs and freewheels. I've had the freewheel rub the spoke ends on a low flange track hub...
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    In the old days of track riding it would be harder to change out a broken spoke on a low flange hub, especially in the rear cog side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hickey
    I've had issues with low flange hubs and freewheels. I've had the freewheel rub the spoke ends on a low flange track hub...
    Freewheel? What do you mean freewheel? I thought you we a fixed-riding man?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo
    Freewheel? What do you mean freewheel? I thought you we a fixed-riding man?
    Ha.... My rain bike is single speed.....I'm not fond of fixies in the rain....
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    All the better to skid with, I suppose. It never rains in Colorado, so I don't know.
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    High flange just looks right.
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