This is a show worthy example of the exceedingly scarce "Type 1" Maxi car hub, produced from 1946 to 1950. It is positively identified as a type one by the following features:
1) extra thick protruding lip around the dust caps, 2) 3 piece alloy design, flanges are riveted to the hub shell (you can see faint round outlines of the rivets on the outside surface of the flanges in the photos), 3) red dust caps (vs blue on the pre-war), 4) annualar bearings vs the cup/cone bearings on pre war.
Maxi Car hubs are the top choice for French Randonneur bikes and Constructeur bicycles from the 1930's to present. They are exquisitely machined to the closest of tolerances possible, and are the epitome of high quality. Experts estimate a Maxi Car hub took twice the amount of steps to produce as even a Phil Wood hub. They use annualar bearings w/ labyrinth seals, and reportedly go 10,000 or even 20,000 miles without needing a rebuild. As such, this one's bearings feel perfect!
Near mint condition! This is astoundingly nice, most of these you see have been worn pretty well. Bearings are perfect; buttery smooth, well lubricated, and properly adjusted with zero play or drag. Polish is very shiny and even, with minimal wear. Practically zero spoke hole wear. Very slight ano wear on the dust caps. Inside of the flanges around spoke holes have a bit of dirt in spots. This is truly show bike or museum worthy!
- 32 Hole
- Spacing: 100mm (it's actual measurement is about 105mm, perhaps one of the spacers is wrong?) Will fit into a standard fork by manually spreading legs slightly.