Campagnolo Record Front Hub
- Item: CPG0216 Actual Weight:"Actual Weight" means we weighed this item ourselves. 172 g
Take an early morning stroll through the stables of team bikes in preparation for a trip across the brutal cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix, and you'll quickly notice one hub predominantly laced to a myriad of durable alloy options: the Campagnolo Record Hub. Professional bike racers are as finicky as they are adamant that they use only the most durable, or most reliable parts. And Paris-Roubaix is of very few calendar days where even the sponsors may be damned to ensure the rider gets what he wants in order to survive. Tom Boonen is one such rider whose sponsors are forced to look the other way, as the Record hubs have long since been a sponsor-incorrect Spring Classics favorite of the Belgian champion.
Long-time Campagnolo aficionados might not recognize the subtly redesigned Record hubs, but rest assured that those changes have essentially been kept to the surface. The new hub body is slightly more angular than its predecessors, and several alloy changes in the body composition have led to a minor weight reduction as well. But as far as the internals are concerned, the Record Front Hub still comes equipped with Campagnolo's standard ball bearings; widely appreciated for their long life of smooth, and worry-free spinning. Keep in mind that if it's an even smoother spin that you crave, Campy's ceramic USB (Ultra Smooth Bearings) bearing system is available separately as an upgrade. Per their intelligent Italian design, all of Campagnolo's hubs grant easy access to the internals for regular, headache-free service and maintenance. Additionally, it's worth mentioning that they require no special wrenches for servicing either -- just another part of what makes them so popular for pro mechanics as well.
The Record Front Hub comes with Campagnolo's redesigned skewer, whose operation is based around a symmetrical fulcrum lever which maximizes clamping force with minimal effort. This hub tips the scales at 116 grams, and is available in a 32-hole drilling only.