Velosteel Coaster Brake Hubs

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  • I know there was some interest a while ago in these hubs from some of the members on Lfgss.

    So just to let you know that we have plenty in stock now here at Bikefix
    in various axle widths.

    So if you fancy a break from fixed gear whilst maintaining an uncluttered look, then these hubs at £20 a pop could be the way to go.

  • I whole heartedly stated my interest at the time!

    Does bikefix have a website, where do I get hold of one?

    Also, do the hubs come with the necessary clamps for bike without coaster bosses?

  • hell yeah! been waiting ages.... will be down soon.

  • I whole heartedly stated my interest at the time!

    Does bikefix have a website, where do I get hold of one?

    Also, do the hubs come with the necessary clamps for bike without coaster bosses?

    Yep to both those questions.

    http://www.bikefix.co.uk/index.php?uniqu­e=54f5a40fbb7b21eb3af0328d20eda428&get_o­l_id=6&get_gl_id=68&get_sgl_id=194#a68

  • brilliant, should get those for the girlfriend's bike.

  • loads of people in amsterdam had built up their bikes with these. like track/road bikes, not just dutch bikes.

  • I had a shimano coaster on a kona humu humu and it always seemed to me like it had a load of drag, anyone know if these are any different?

  • Hi, this is my first post to the forum. I am an old time bicycle mechanic living in sunny California. I have rebuilt several of the Sachs hubs on which the Velosteel hub is based, and I just got a Velosteel hub from Bikefix.

    This design does indeed have less drag than the shimano design. The more precise the parts are, the easier the clutch works, the less drag is required to engage the drive and the brake. When you rebuild this hub, it is possible to get too much grease or too heavy grease and make the hub slow to engage either drive or brake, so go easy, and use thinner grease. If one were brave, you could adjust the drag and use oil, but be sure to have a second braking system to back it up. Like I said, only if you are brave.

    Here in the States, there are a lot of old Schwinns that have the Sachs built Schwinn Approved hub. These are very nice, and are finished off with a bit more chrome. I use one on my chrome Schwinn Paramount track bike, and it looks right at home.

  • thanks for the info bikeguy. I couldnt wait and bought a shimano one, will see how it goes when I build it up. May try the velosteel afterwards/

  • thanks for the info bikeguy. I couldnt wait and bought a shimano one, will see how it goes when I build it up. May try the velosteel afterwards/

    How's the coster hub? Have you had it built up yet?

    I'm intrigued as to whether you could run one on a BMX. Do you think they'd be strong enough? You obviously would run grind pegs on it though!

  • The velosteer hubs are excellent and quite strong, they come in 36 holes only, and I'm not sure if it strong enough for BMX, strong enough for a fixed wheel bicycle doing trick? likely, but as a BMX dunno.

  • The velosteer hubs are excellent and quite strong, they come in 36 holes only, and I'm not sure if it strong enough for BMX, strong enough for a fixed wheel bicycle doing trick? likely, but as a BMX dunno.

    Surely it wouldn't be fixed, it'd be single speed?!

  • strong enough for a track/conversion bike doing trick I meant, whoop, slip of the tongue!

  • A whole generation of BMX's came with coaster brake hubs!

    First the early ones straight outta the cruiser/stingray era, but then later popularized by people like bob haro who ran one in addition to a rear handbrake.

    36 spokes is the standard setup for BMX wheels, there was a 90's craze for overbuilt bikes. Many people still ride 48 spoke just on the rear. But 36 front and back is fine for most.

  • I know there was some interest a while ago in these hubs from some of the members on Lfgss.

    So just to let you know that we have plenty in stock now here at Bikefix
    in various axle widths.

    So if you fancy a break from fixed gear whilst maintaining an uncluttered look, then these hubs at £20 a pop could be the way to go.

    you work at my LBS, which guy are you? ill make a note for next time i come in. we might have even interacted already

  • umm anyone know if there are still some at Bikefix?

  • Yeah I think thay still have them in for £20. I was talking to a guy the other day who works there. He was at the drag race on Friday and I'm pretty sure he was the guy who started this thread: Coaster!

    *also, a quick question whilst I'm here... how many holes is the coaster hub and what's the diameter of the flange? I'm think of building one up on my spare rim.

  • *also, a quick question whilst I'm here... how many holes is the coaster hub and what's the diameter of the flange? I'm think of building one up on my spare rim.

    it's all here

    http://www.bikefix.co.uk/index.php?uniqu­e=54f5a40fbb7b21eb3af0328d20eda428&get_o­l_id=6&get_gl_id=68&get_sgl_id=194#a68

  • cheers Ed, all I need now is the spoke size for my wheel.

  • Sorry, for reviving the dead, but is there a coaster hub of better quality available?
    I don't need the one with internal gears like for example SRAM, but something of similar durability (36H preferable).
    Can't find anything in the shops.

    Bought this one from the bikefix, but I'm not sure about it. Looks like something you'd find on a generic chinese folding bike - very heavy, with finish of a water bucket etc. :-/

  • PM GinaG and ask where she got heres from. That was the other coaster brake wheel I built up.

  • I bought one recently from bikefix, they have stopped selling the velosteel and have started selling a ventura one as they believe it was more quiet. Seems very bad build quality as you have pointed out, so much so that is is concerning having to pay for a wheel to be built around something so shoddy. Anyway, the missus wants a rear coaster brake on a 26 x 1 3/8" wheel so I'll give it a go and see how it is.

  • So it's not only me then. It shocked me at first when I opened the wrapping. It looked like a spare part for a shopping trolley. It's going to look odd with a Campy hub on the front.

    Cheers Tommy. I'll ask.

  • To be fair it is only 20 pound, but I would rather spend a little bit more on a lighter, better quality coaster hub. The lockring doesn't fill me with confidence. I know it's not there to do the same job as a fixed wheel lockring, but still...

  • Most coaster hubs looked like this one - even the Shimano one. I'm just curious what's the difference in real life.
    That Ventura one looks ok on the photo, but you know exactly it's not the case when you see it in the flesh.

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