48h Profiles Feb 23, 2009


Hey Polo heads, Profile just made some 48h Profile Polo hubs. At the moment, I’m considering a 48h Hubset, especially if I keep trashing my wheels!

  • http://hkfixed.blogspot.com/ b9t

    but who will make a 48H rim?

  • http://theradavist.com prolly

    Tons of companies make them. Look for “tandem rims”.

  • wilis

    Sam miller got some 48 phills laced up seems to be holding up for that savage. Nice to see a small company responding to a progressive sport from the get go. Nice work!

  • http://www.tricktrack.org/forums/ sam
  • Terry B

    I special ordered some from Christian early December. When I build my 48’s up I’ll let you know how they are.
    I paid for mine though, lucky!

  • http://www.witchhuntclothing.com duncan

    I have a set of those in 36 hole…burly as fuck, I’d recomend them.
    only problem i’ve had has been wrestling randos on, for some reason tires don’t want to fit those rims.

  • dontcoast

    ya prolly, i can’t belive you dont have 48’s yet! of all people who throw their bike around… :P

  • bailey

    bmx bikes don’t even run 48h hubs anymore. i ain’t doing tricks on big wheels, but it seems like overkill. hopefully 14mm axles won’t be next. only joking, but do you really trash 36 spoke wheels often? or do they merely come out of true.

  • http://theradavist.com prolly

    Well, technically, these hubs are for polo.

    Yes, I have broken / trashed 3 rims in the last 2 months. Sam Miller has 48h Phils to Rhyno Lites and they’ve held up great. More spokes = more strength, more spots to tension / true.


    We’re trying out a new rim next week. Currently I have deep vs back on, but they pinch flat 35c tires all the time.

  • jakeylee

    Another (hopefully not a “duh”) thing to keep up with is regularly tensioning spokes after riding. Investing in a tensiometer (truing stand could be optional; just figure out something to use as a guide instead of brakes) and checking/correcting it could help.

    From Peter White’s shop page:
    “The number one cause of wheel failure is insufficient spoke tension. When spokes are too loose, they change tension with every revolution of the wheel. This is because the low tension isn’t enough to keep the spokes at the bottom of the wheel from losing tension under the weight of the riders and gear. So as the wheels rotates, the spokes are constantly gaining and losing tension as they go around in a circle. That change in tension causes the shape of the spoke to change with every wheel revolution. It changes its shape at the “elbow”, where the spoke contacts the hub flange. This repeated movement causes the spoke to harden and become brittle at the elbow, and it eventually breaks.”

    Granted, I don’t doubt urban hucking of 700c wheels can and does cause sudden failure of properly tensioned wheels, but (for example) riding hard for a two days and having it fail on the third might have something to do with succesive lost tension. Also, I’m not sure if you’re regulary breaking spokes, rims, or both.. But I think it’s all related.

    Depending on how able/willing one is, regular tensioning might prolong the life of a 36-hole rim. Though I think you’re wise to experiment with higher counts.