Phil Wood introduced the now-standard Field Serviceable Axle (FSA) in 1991. The FSA design enables the axle to be separated from the hub after unthreading the end caps using two hex wrenches. The quick release axles use a 5 mm hex wrench and the bolt axle hubs use an 8 mm hex wrench. Our axles are threaded externally, with the end caps threaded to exactly match the axle thread. The hubs use shouldered axles that precisely position the bearings.
If you are thinking of going for Alfine, why not check out our custom hand-built wheel options? Get exactly the wheel you want built specially by our professional wheel builders.
WHY HANDBUILT WHEELS?
At Urbane we believe that how a wheel is built, is as important as the components with which it is built. We build all of our wheels to exacting standards including spoke length, spoke tension, spoke-count and stress relieving.
On the technical side of things, our build process includes repetitive spoke stress relief, meticulous tension measurement/balancing, and truing tolerances of less than .5mm.
We stand behind every wheel we build and offer complimentary truing for 5 years on any wheel we build. If a spoke ever breaks that has not been obviously damaged by impact we will replace it free of charge.
For more information please check our Hand-built wheel page or call our Service department on the phone number at the top of the page.