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Phil Wood tribute thread...

 

hubs, spiders, spoke cutters - whatever. Post 'em up.

 

 

 

I don't know what it is about the Phil Wood stuff... it's not flashy... no bling to the Phil stuff, they're all business. Maybe that's it. I'm a big fan. Been running phil hubs and spiders since bitd. I even combine it with the profile cranks in lieu of the profile spider. :Idunno: I just like them.

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History

 

Founded in 1971, Phil Wood & Co. is proud to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, American cycling component manufacturer. Our products are made in the USA - they are completely designed, manufactured and assembled in San Jose, California.

Phil Wood & Co manufactures cycling and related recreation oriented products. We are dedicated to providing products of the highest quality achievable. These products are a result of our designs, the materials we use, and our craftsmanship.

Our goal is to offer with every product: Guaranteed Satisfaction

 

Background

 

Phil Wood & Co. was founded in 1971 to produce maintenance-free hubs for cyclists. At the time we manufactured the world's first production sealed bearing bicycle hubs. As the demand for better products grew, we developed components and items that enhanced the use of cycling and wheelchair products.

Our bicycle hubs evolved along with the materials and technology available to produce them. The original production hub set consisted of a basic front and rear hub. At this point, our available standard product offerings include more than 200 unique bicycle hubs to satisfy the requirements of the discerning and demanding cyclist. Our custom and special products department has a comparable number of products.

We produced the first sealed crank bearing cartridge system (circa 1971). Today's crank bearing is compatible with any and all bottom bracket threading available world wide.

Phil Wood & Co. produced the first production sealed bearing pedal. It was the first pedal to receive formal approval by the California Highway Patrol. (Not currently in this years production).

Tandems required special consideration where tubing was concerned. We developed and manufactured the first production oval tubing for tandem frames builders.

Tandem cyclists have brake requirements well above those of other cyclists. Phil Wood & Co. developed and patented the first modern bicycle disc brake. It requires no tools for installation or removal from the hub and frame.

Phil Wood & Co developed and patented a spoke cutting and threading machine that manually cuts and thread a spoke to a desired length in seconds. This machine affords one the ability to produce a spoke at any length, with a factory quality threads, from a longer length spoke. This tool is used by Campagnolo, DT, Shimano, HED, Wheelsmith, MARWI and approximately 1000 other wheel builders throughout the world.

Phil Waterproof grease, Phil Tenacious oil, and Phil Hand cleaner have been developed to provide the best lubricants and cleaner available to cyclists and cycling professionals.

In 1994 we became the official frame supplier to the Corporate Apple Computer racing team "Velo XS". Road and mountain bike frames were fabricated initially as test platforms for our products.

Our manufacturing facility has advanced step-by-step with our products. Our manufacturing started during an era when manually operated lathes and mills were the norm. During that time, custom made, dedicated purpose equipment was a necessary part of manufacturing. We progressed through this period when Numerical Control, NC, machines programmed with paper tape from teletype machine were state-of-the-art equipment. We are now in an era where we use Computer Numerical Control, CNC, machining and turning centers with special diamond tipped tools. Even with this equipment and technology, we consider each part we make, "hand-crafted". As an example: A front hub shell goes through seven unique production stations prior to being assembled. Our current facility makes use of those machines / equipment that most efficiently and uniquely aid in the manufacturing of our products.

Our goal is to offer hand-crafted products with a simple design, the highest quality materials, and the ultimate in durability. To this end, we allocate our available resources first to those areas that place emphasis on design, materials, and production. We specify the characteristics of each and every bearing used in our products. In many cases specific bearings are made exclusively for us to our exacting specifications. We have always demanded the same quality from the bearings we utilize as we demand in our own manufactured parts. This helps to guarantee that no compromises will be made in the production or materials of the product you receive from Phil Wood & Co

 

 

 

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Me too, to everything Steve said. I pulled the Profile spider off my cranks in 1982 and put a Phil on. Had one Phil front hub BITD. I was po' and had to pick the hub and spider up off a buddy long after he tired of them. Still my fave today. Nothing better. The stuff they make today is still killer.

 

I want a spider for my Redline Flights. The one I have (see below) is pre-Flights and for OPC only. Also need a 109-mm BB.

 

Here's my stuff now. . .

 

Restored by Phil

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NOS

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Restored by Phil

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Restored & Polished by Phil

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100% OG

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Phil Wood NOS goodness. Soon to be built for a yet unnamed project(unnamed to you guys :) )

These make me smile.

 

 

 

NM Mike

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Phil Wood NOS goodness. Soon to be built for a yet unnamed project(unnamed to you guys :) )

These make me smile.

 

 

 

NM Mike

 

Nice. Those the ones that sold on eBay last week? Sooooo pretty.

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Phil Wood NOS goodness. Soon to be built for a yet unnamed project(unnamed to you guys :) )

These make me smile.

 

 

 

NM Mike

 

Nice. Those the ones that sold on eBay last week? Sooooo pretty.

 

Been more than a week, but probably the same ones you're thinking of. They are friggin' nice. I'm broke but I get to look at 'em.

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Will someone do a pictorial of the hub lineage/evolution up to modern day, give the approximate years etc? I am not real hip to versions and years

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"these make me smile"

 

 

That's so simply explained and so true for me too.

 

 

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Phil Hubs & Phil BB eccentric,, on the RRS 24 :)

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Phil Hubs & Phil BB eccentric,, on the RRS 24 :)

 

RRS 24 + Phil's = Moto Erotica!

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Never had them BITD but I would go to my local BS and stare at them all the time. They were only $99.99 for the pair but it might as well have been 10k to a 11 year old! Anyways I got them now,rebuilt by Philwood and polished by me.

 

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i ran nuthin but phils or campys bitd, been looking for a nice set and havent gotten any good luck latley.

 

one of the cool phils stuff i seen is the business card holder, anyone got pixs of that?

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Some of my BITD Phil's ....... :( I miss my old Floval

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My JMC cruiser has had a Phill spider from day1.....

 

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My Black Shadow had a Phill spider....

 

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I've had theses since the 70's

 

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Jus' luv dat Phil stuff......

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I'm not in-the-know either when it comes to Phil variations over the years....but I seem to remember you guys posting in older threads that there were basically only two variations over the decades. Is that correct? Is it that simple?

 

Also, were Phil hubs often found on wheelchairs?

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Phil stuff is nice, but, that JMC 24, with one piece cranks. Classic, simplistic, old school racing goodness.

 

Nothing finer!

 

 

My JMC cruiser has had a Phill spider from day1.....

 

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My Black Shadow had a Phill spider....

 

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I've had theses since the 70's

 

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Jus' luv dat Phil stuff......

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Tom, they do make wheelchair hubs. I don't know the dates or details on the hub generations... the ones shown in this add are the only style I have ever had. The newer ones have the raised center... looks like the flange / hub casing are one piece. Maybe Mr Coasterbrake can shed some light on the generations and dates from having dealt with them in the shop.

 

As others have quoted... the Phil site says that their products are proudly made in the USA since 1971. You can download the pdf catalog from their site.

 

The ad below is from a 1980 BMXA.

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I've asked Peter, the current owner, a few times about when the newer one-piece hub design came out. At one time he said wasn't sure but thought it was in the early-1980s, like 1982. Another time he though a bit later. In my many discussions with him, I learned two things I thought were interesting. 1. The centers on the first-generation hubs are not stainless steel, but steel with a coating. 2. Phil Woods & Co. really got going because of its BMX hub business.

 

I also asked a few people there if there was a transitional hub body between the ones most of us posted up here, the first-generation three-piece hubs, and the current design. One guy thought there may have been, briefly, but he wasn't sure. No one else seemed to know much about the old history.

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