Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Trend Report: High Flange Hubs - Campagnolo Record and Nuovo Tipo

Campagnolo Nuovo Record Large Flange Hubs British 36H: Sold at $337.85 including shipping.

My snipe: n/a

Listed is a set of Campagnolo Nuovo Record large flange hubs that are in excellent condition. These are for 120mm rear and for British threaded freewheel. The spoke holes are in beautiful condition. Skewers hardware has such pretty chrome. These 36H spoked hubs are about as pretty as one would find, short of NOS.

Vintage Campagnolo Hub Set- 120mm spacing for freewheel: Sold at $83 including shipping.

My snipe: $60-ish

This is a classic set of high flange Campy hubs. Known as Nuovo Tipo, they are meant for 120mm spacing, the rear is a freewheel compatible model, not for use with track cogs. As you can see there is some normal wear and spoke hole deformation. They have nice patina which I have chosen not to polish out, it would be a simple matter of a few minutes with a polishing wheel to get them to shine. The bearings are remarkably smooth. The threads on the axles are in good shape. The Hubset comes with the original Quick Releases. Unfortunately the Rear QR is missing a tiny circlip, which is why there is a twist-tie holing the lever in place. This should be easy to find at a hardware store. All four original springs are also included.

From what I've non-scientifically observed on rides and on the internet over the past couple of years, the popularity of high-flange hubs has been on the rise. Is it trickle-down from the track/fixed scene?

I think the selling price of these record hubs leaves the trend for multi-speed high flanges in no doubt. These were $100-125 parts, even with the correct flat-arm skewers, just a year or so ago.

The Tipo's surprised me as well. Introduced in 1967, these were a cheaper alternative to the range-topping Record model. Thinking the round holes would complement some drillium on an early '70s bike I'm building, I thought I was safe at $60-ish, especially since the QR cam body on the hub in the foreground is incorrect, but that was not the case.

It's worth remembering that Campy hub bodies are not anodized and easily take a polish. Sellers, polish your hubs, and buyers, don't be too dissuaded by dull aluminum, you might score a bargain. The seller of the Record hubs did a fine job presenting his, but does anyone have any other theories to explain the selling price?


Anonymous said...

ahh! just sold a pair for 25 euros in cash : /

Anonymous said...

Campy quit making the high flange hubs a long time ago. Back in the mid 1970's the high flange hubs lost prestige to the racier looking small flange model. That was the fashion many years ago. However with the rise of fashion of the French Constructor bike look, high flange has very trendy. Plus there are fewer quality high flange models to be had nowadays.

The French Constructor look seemingly requires the high flange look. And I agree that the Tipo's are getting pricey nowadays too because of the high flange look. I remember buying a brand new set of Tipo high flange hubs back in the late 1970's for about $32. The Record high flanges would have set me back almost twice that. I still ride those high flange Tipo's today. And I have a set of some practically new high flange Records and some low flange Records. They all ride as smooth as silk and that's pretty neat considering they are very old.

Today I would just buy some Phil's and be done with it. But nothing is as classic as shinny High Flange NR hubs. And now even the skewers are getting very pricey.

When the prices for the Campy NR high flange hubs on the used market surpasses the cost of a new set of Phil's one has to assume people are collecting these gems and not using them on their commuter bike.