Friday, February 25, 2011

Eastern Venus Hubs: Variety Is The Spice of Life

Eastern Venus Cassette Hub
Eastern Venus Front Hub
    This is the recently released Venus BMX hub set from Eastern Bicycles.  If I was going to build a new wheel set regardless of price I would use these hubs.  The front hub is your standard female axle 3/8" model, looks like the cones just pop in, interesting is the fact that it comes with a plastic snap on hub guard.  Comes with a 7075 alum center axle, I think it also comes with a chromoly center axle too for peg riders. 
    The rear hub is where things get really interesting.  It comes with the same bi-rection driver as the bi-rectional hub, so you can switch the drive side easily.  It also has the same pop-n-lock guard lip as the bi-rectional hub but does not come with the guard, unlike the front hub.   It does however come with no less than three axles for optional setups.  It comes with both a 7075 alum female axle for pegless, a heat treated cromo for peggers, and also a special cromo axle with a traditional threaded 14mm side and a female on the other for a super tough peg setup.  It uses 3/8" bolts for the female setup with built in 14mm lips on the hub.  The point of the three different axles is to have the lightest setup possible for your needs.  It's only $130.00 for the rear hub, making it cheaper than most hubs made of the same material with half the features.  IMO it is the best hub option for weight wienies for any price. 

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