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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 6:52 pm 
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Beware of aluminum axles...you get what you pay for!

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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 7:16 pm 
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I think we should add a caveat behind your statement, Stu. No offense, but didn't you just state your current weight in another thread? 200-plus pounds, no?
That's a factor for what you ride - and as each person is individual with their own weight, height, and riding style what works for them might not work for you and vice-versa.

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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 10:31 pm 
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I'd like to add I bent an aluminum axle on my fair-weather bike. Meaning I wasn't abusing it nor "cranking" it. I save my abusive riding for the "beast". The "beast" is my foul-weather bike. I'll never buy another rear-hub with an aluminum axle.

With that said I'm sure there are people my own weight who ride aluminum axles never having any issues. With that said there are riders out there who weigh a great deal less than me who can bend aluminum axles too. So, everyone should look at what they are buying and think carefully how they plan on using it.

I see a lot of people chasing the WW hubs and not sure if they are taking all the risks into consideration. Not trying to be a party pooper...just trying to save someone some disappointment. As for me, going forward, I will save weight somewhere other than the axle.

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 1:26 pm 
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1415chris wrote:
Arrived two days ago:

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Did you get hit with a customs charge?

For me, the postage+VAT didn't make these quite the bargain I was hoping for.


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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 4:17 pm 
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How much was postage + vat to UK?


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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 7:00 pm 
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No extra charges, total cost £75.

I think with the custom and vat it's a lottery.
I was buying few things from us and as I remember paid duty and vat once. All items were qualified for both charges.
But even with vat I think it's still a good deal for that weight. Can't say anything about performance so far.

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 10:24 pm 
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Just to clarify (this is not an advertisement or spam - I try very hard to stay out of discussions about my products!)

USPS First Class shipping & handling to UK, Europe, and most other countries is about $12.39 for most lightweight hubsets - $11.39 for the shipping (recently increased) + $1.00 for the box and the cost of using an online shipping service. Three sets is about $20.00. If you choose USPS Priority, the price is usually between $30-$35.00. For orders of more than four sets, USPS Priority Flat Rate (c.$40.00) or even Express (c.$45.00, 3-5 day delivery) is worth it, but for fewer than four sets, I'd recommend First Class. You get a tracking number with Priority and slightly faster shipping, but not too much faster. The hubs leave the US in about the same time (1-2 days after shipping), are shipped by air to the destination, and then it's really in the hands of the customs officials in each country. The German, Swiss, French, and Scandanavian customs/postal services, to name a few examples, are very quick. The British, Polish, Czech, and especially Italian customs take longer. But I've now sent 100+ sets across the Atlantic and they all have arrived in under 2 weeks. Same with Australia.

Okay, that's it. Thanks for discussing my product here.


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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 10:32 pm 
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andyindo wrote:
How much was postage + vat to UK?


$35 for postage and then got a £15 ($24) customs charge.

However, Brandon (of bikehubstore) has kindly reminded me that I chose the Priority shipping option and could have gone with the cheaper (and almost as timely) First Class - so an oversight on my part.

The total price, including shipping and customs was about £104 so I shouldn't really be complaining!

Edit: sorry, didn't notice Brandon's post above.


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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 10:52 pm 
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Definitely not worth to pay for faster (more expensive) shipping.
You just add an extra 20% on top of the hubs price and gain only few days.
It's better to leave this money for eventual duties charges.

My hubs, with standard shipping, arrived 9 days after the payment, so I think it's very reasonably time.

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 12:02 am 
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I am considering these hubs for a training wheelset, because I am cheap and so are these hubs. Will the aluminum axle hold up to my 150 lbs or should I go with used ultegra or something similar? I ride the bike these hubs will go on about 2 to 3 times a week for a total of about 100 miles, so I will be putting most of the miles into my beater bike, but I am a sprinter and I break weak stuff. Should I go for the front hub only and get something with a steel axle for the rear or will it be ok to have both? should I worry that these are cnc machined and not forged and could have flange breakage?


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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 12:55 am 
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Stefano wrote:
Will the aluminum axle hold up to my 150 lbs?


Your 150lbs will be fine with an aluminum axle. StuTheWeak's experience really, really needs to be marked with an asterisk - he is on the heavier side of things at this time.

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 1:45 am 
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i buy a set of uniQ hubs from ebay for 199$ (free shipping) with Ti/carbon skewers , they came with DIXI logos but the same specs (F:70 R:204 Qr:43g)
freehub with 51 teeth / 3 pawls and each pawl has 3 teeth !! (i think that DATI's has same)

i going to use them with 24mm carbon tubulars and c x-rays


take look http://www.flickr.com/photos/40103831@N06/

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 4:51 am 
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prendrefeu wrote:
Stefano wrote:
Will the aluminum axle hold up to my 150 lbs?


Your 150lbs will be fine with an aluminum axle. StuTheWeak's experience really, really needs to be marked with an asterisk - he is on the heavier side of things at this time.


Who the heck you callin heavy! :wink:

Wish I could build my own wheels :(

Wish I could lace those pretty hubs to somethin sweet...

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 10:03 am 
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for what it's worth: These hubs have held up to my 72kg and performed great a couple of weeks ago in my little hill climb race 3600m over 56km. The first 11 were flat and then it just goes straight up.


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Is that 3600 m of elevation gain over 45 km? That's insane. Where is that?


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