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!
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