Phil Wood Pro Track Hubs/Wheel build part 2.

Phil Wood is no doubt the king of precision track hubs. For small business to make a product that becomes a standard in the industry is a dream come true... and also a bit of a curse. How do you top an already perfect product?

The team at Phil Wood did just that with the Pro Track Hub. In short they lightened it up, and (IMO) made it look nicer, with a few more bits of detail... and as we all know the devil is in the details.

Check out the picture set and read on for the devilish bits.

First off, the Phil Wood Pro Track Hub is an object of beauty. The heart of this hub set is the original high flange design which is CNC machined in the USA. From there the hub is machined with some trick holes on each flange, overall the minor change in machining gives the Pro track hubs is a nice refresher to a hub that already stands apart from the rest... well done guys.

Next the important bits... they're lighter and faster.

A noticeable change is the addition of Titanium axle bolts in lieu of the beefy steel bolts we've all come to trust and love. These new Ti bolts are pretty and lighter than the OG steel bolts. The larger O.D. of the front aluminum end caps and washers provides a larger contact area for a more secure interface for the front hub with the larger dropouts on carbon forks.

I will say that the steel bolts will last longer... Titanium is softer then steel. Look at it this way, you always have to sacrifice something, in this case it is longevity/durability. What you gain is stiffness, weight and aesthetic.

Next is the addition of a 7075 aluminum axle instead of the standard steel axle... the main reason, weight. Phil even went the extra mile to anodize the axle to prevent corrosion.

The final bit of weight reduction (and for me an increase in functionality) is their Pro track lock ring. Another object of beauty... it's CNC machined from 7075 alu instead of its steel big brother and anodized to prevent corrosion. The best part, it's CNC'd to accept a standard Shimano BB tool to put on a take off the lock ring. That means a lot of engagement, and not having to worry about stripping the lock ring. IMO, this is the best lock ring in the market hands down.

Finally the fast part, they've swapped the bomb proof R8 bearings with low drag carbonite bearings... and thank you Phil because I've got wood over these jams! These bearings are ultra smooth, spin forever and they're also super durable. Most high end bearing don't last long... according to Phil Wood, these bearings will last the test of time.

Depending on which rear hub you choose, the difference in weight (for the hub set) is around 140 grams give or take a couple. For those weight weeinies out there every grams counts... for me the beauty of the hubs is in the nicer machining and spinny low drag bearings.

Overall the Phil Wood Pro Track Hubs are the nicest track hubs in the market, the best part they're marginally more $$$ than the standard high flange PW hubs. As with most trick parts, these unicorns are a bit hard to find, you need to contact Phil Wood directly to snag a pair, but be on the look out later this year for a custom set of limited edition Phil/Affinity 10 year Pro Track hubs...

Thank you to the team at Phil Wood for making these lovely gems and for supporting our "Pro" track team with the best hubs in the biz!

#whatsyouraffinity #philwood #protrackhubs

Deluxe Cycles 80mm Carbon rims/wheel build Part 1.

In the world of after market bike parts there's companies that are the standards in industry... they're the staple products you buy if you're building up a quality build. Aside from the industry leaders, it boils down to following the market and figuring out those niche companies that introduce product that just nail it on the head.

What we have here is the best of both worlds with this Deluxe Cycles carbon wheel set... read on but first enjoy this picture set.

Deluxe Cycles is that new niche company, and their carbon rims are at the top of their game compared to their highest end counterparts (IE: ENVE, FFWD, ZIPP etc.). Bang for your buck you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal... they're $360 per rim.

I'm running the Deluxe 80mm tubular track rims laced to the Phil Wood Pro track hubs (part 2 of the review) and my tires of choice are the Vittoria Corsa tubulars (part 3).

These 80mm beasts are stiff and super thick, a proprietary feature for an otherwise non proprietary mold rim... this is what sets the Deluxe rims apart. With cheap carbon rims you can simply push the rim in with your fingers as if there's very few layers of carbon, the Deluxe rims are NOT that type of rim. They feel thick and solid especially in the center of the rim where there's usually less carbon. These rims are perfect.

The track rims come 28 hole, meaning they're true track rims... when ripping on a banked track, every bit of stiffness counts and 28 hole is where it's at.

Finally, the rims are the modern standard 23mm wide... wider is better and the 23mm wide, with 23mm wide Vittoria Corsa Tubulars feel awesome and handle like nobodies business.

Overall the rims just feel right... they're responsive, affordable and yep look really nice with the matte finish and black glossy decals.

For more info hit up Deluxe Cycles and cop a pair of these trick carbon rims.

Stay tuned for part 2 review of this Deluxe Carbon wheel set... what better way to top off a quality wheel build but with a pair of Phil Wood Pro track hubs.

#whatsyouraffinity #deluxecycles #carbonrims #tubular #philwood #vittoria

Restock: Puncheur T shirt XS-L sizes.

Puncheur: Rider capable of frequent attacks. ⠀

In cycling, these riders have explosive speed and use it on short, but steep gradients with sudden attacks. They can trouble the sprinters but have the staying power to keep up with the top climbers for a considerable distance.⠀⠀

$20.00 with a pack of Affinity die cut stickers. Now available in XS size.

Buy here.

#whatsyouraffinity #affinity #puncheur

A 10 year Affinity...

Affinity is thrilled to celebrate it's 10th anniversary. In 2007, Affinity opened its doors as a niche market bicycle company in Brooklyn NYC. With 100 Lo Pro’s, a bare bones shop and a vision to make original, quality, affordable products Affinity was born.

From the early days of the brick and mortar bike shop Affinity wasn’t a bicycle brand, it was a local bike shop that sold its own brand. Carving our own path selling bikes, the shop was also a place to hang out, get your bike fixed, have a laugh, catch up for ride or just stay warm in the cold of winter.

That sense of community evolved around the track bike, a thing that would bring us all together and become something beyond our wildest dreams.

For our 10th anniversary we’ll have many new product launches, limited edition frame sets/projects, a few parties/trips… and lots of stories to look back on.

To our loyal customers, supporters and friends… with out you there would be no Affinity.

Stay tuned for more. #A10yearAffinity #affinitycycles #whatsyouraffinity

Deluxe Cycles neutral support at the Lucarelli & Castaldi 6 Days of Kissena.

Opening weekend of the Lucarelli & Castaldi 6 Days of Kissena p/b Affinity is in the books. We had the privilege to host Deluxe Cycles as our weekends feature sponsor for prizes, and also for their on sight neutral support.

As a racer this is paramount, especially during opening weekend. We all forget a chain ring bolt, pump, or to resolve that creaking noise coming from your stem. Fortunately the boys at Deluxe were there all weekend to lend a hand and also a friendly chat about their shop and all things bike related.

Many thanks to Wilis, Tijon, Jesse and Deluxe for helping make opening weekend at the Kissena velodrome such a success!

Puncheur T shirts.

Puncheur: Rider capable of frequent attacks. ⠀

In Road cycling, these riders have explosive speed and use it on short, but steep gradients with sudden attacks. They can trouble the sprinters but have the staying power to keep up with the top climbers for a considerable distance.⠀

$20.00 with a pack of die cut stickers. Buy here.

#whatsyouraffinity #puncheur #tshirt

Affinity presents the 2017 Lucarelli & Castaldi 6 days of Kissena.

Be there for opening weekend April 8th & 9th at the Kissena Velodrome. Registration is now open via Bikereg.

Thank you to our loyal title sponsor Lucarelli & Castaldi New York Cities top bicycle injury lawyers, cycling enthusiasts and great guys. Support local businesses that support cycling!

More to come including our Day 1 feature sponsor, the upcoming schedule and feature payouts...

#lucarelliandcastaldi #6daysofkissena #trackracing #kissenavelodrome #affinitycycles #whatsyouraffinity #sttb

A (not so) Lo Pro...

A few years back, Karl Wiberg copped a L Lo Pro... the problem, the top tube was smashed in a wreck.

He decided that the life of this Lo Pro wassn't over, so he replaced the top tube in the most brilliant way, by making it horizontal. Meet the first and only non sloping Affinity Lo Pro... we f'ing love it. Thanks for sharing and rad bike man!

#notso #lopro #frankenframe #whatsyouraffinity