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Vintage Campagnolo hubs on this page: Record Hi-Lo flange 36-hole hubset | Record 36-hole low-flange hubset | Record 32-hole low-flange hubset | Record 28-rear x 32-front low-flange hubset | Record rear 36-hole high-flange hub | Record rear 36-hole low-flange hub | Record front low-flange 36-hole hub | Record rear 32-hole low-flange hub | C-Record 32-hole rear 36-hole front hubset | Nuovo Tipo high-flange 36-hole hubset

Campagnolo front hub branded "Legnano"

Campagnolo modern hubs: Record | Chorus | Centaur | Athena | Veloce | Mirage | Xenon

Tullio CampagnoloHere is the official story: The Campagnolo component company got its start in 1927 when a reasonably successful amateur racer name Gentullio Campagnolo was racing in the Gran Premio della Vittoria. On that November 11, "Tullio" Campagnolo (pictured on the left) was crossing the Croce d'Aune pass and needed to change gears. In those days, that meant loosening the rear wheel so that the chain could be moved to a different sized rear cog.

But this was November in the high Dolomite mountains. At 3,300 feet (1,015 meters), Campagnolo couldn't loosen the frozen wing nuts securing his rear wheel. He famously said to himself,"Bisogna cambià qualcossa de drio." (the dialect of his hometown Vicenza for "Bisogna cambiare qualcosa dietro", or "something must be changed in the rear"). Though Campagnolo did finish fourth in that race, what followed has affected nearly every rider of lightweight bikes.

He invented the quick-release hub skewer. With the flip of a lever, the wheel is loosened or tightened almost instantly.

In 1930 Campagnolo patented his brilliant invention and was soon having a local machine shop make his hubs.

Tullio Campagnolo

Campagnolo in his factory with an early version of of his gear-changing system. This photo is probably of Campagnolo around 1946-47.

Well... historians have gone back and looked again at the story. They find no record of a Gran Premio della Vittoria race in the Dolomites that November. There was one in 1925. And further, it is asserted that there is no 1930 Campagnolo patent for the quick-release. Modern historians say Campagnolo's quick-release patents are for improvements on an existing device.

In any case, by the mid 1930s Campagnolo was exporting his hubs, which were not particularly superior to his competition, except they had his superb quick release. Still, growth was slow. He didn't hire his first full-time employee until 1940.

It was after the war that Campagnolo's fertile genius (and he was a genius, let there be no doubt about that) and desire to make the world's finest parts caused the company to become the well-known and revered company it is today. In 1951 Hugo Koblet won the Tour de France using Campagnolo derailleurs.

Campagnolo went from strength to strength, creating one brilliant, beautifully designed and made component after another.


Campagnolo Hi-lo flange 36-hole hubeset - early 1980s. used, $550.00

36 hole, English threads (1.370 x 24). 120mm rear axle width for 5-speed freewheels.

The purpose of this design is to allow the wheelbuilder to give spokes on both the right and left sides closer to the same tension. Normally, because the rim is centered between the outside lock nuts and not the flanges, the drive side spokes are far tighter than the left side spokes. The HiLo hub was made as an attempt to reduce this difference.

Campagnolo first made these hubs in 1972 at the request of the German Olympic team. Then, intermittently, over the years a few more were made. Some think there were just two small production runs in the 1970s.

And then, surprise, they were included in the 1983 Campagnolo catalogue, called the "Olympic Catalogue". In that 1983 catalogue its part number is "HiLo".

There are no production numbers available from Campagnolo, but thoughtful researchers think that Campagnolo may have produced about 1,000 sets of these special hubs in the first two runs and then an unknown, but surely small number in the early 1980s. Who knows?

They are rare. That we do know.

Campangolo Hi-lo hubset

Rare and in lovely condition

Campagnolo 36-hole hi-lo hub

The rear hub. Rare, and beautiful.

Rear hub cloesup

Close-up of the rear, large flange.

Campagnolo hub

And the front hub.


Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole hubset, 126 mm rear axle, 6-speed.

The curved skewer levers say these hubsets were made after 1978. Record hubs of this basic design were produced into the 1980s.

We overhauled these hubs just before photographing them for posting.

We have five sets: Record hubset #1 | Record hubset #2 | Record hubset #3 | Record hubset #4 | Record hubset #5 |

Set 1: Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole hubset, 126 mm rear axle, 6-speed. Used. $170.00

Record 36-hole hubset

Freshly overhauled and in wonderful condition.

Campagnolo Record rear hub

Close-up of the rear hub.

Campagnolo Record front hub

And the front

Set 2: Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole hubset, 126 mm rear axle, 6-speed. Used. $170.00

Part# HB-02-03

Campagnolo Record hubset

The pair, cleaned & repacked

Campagnolo record rear hub

The rear

Campagnolo Record front hub

The front looks just as good.

Set 3: Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole hubset, 126 mm rear axle, 6-speed. Used. $170.00

Part# HB-02-05

1.370" x 24 tpi, BSC or English threaded

Campagnolo Record hub set

Repacked and ready for the road.

Campagnolo rear record hub

The rear hub

Campagnolo record front hub

And the front


Set 4: Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole hubset, 126 mm rear axle, 6-speed. Used. $170.00

Part# HB-02

1.370" x 24 tpi, BSC or English threaded

Campagnolo Record hubs

Freshly overhauled

Record hub

Close-up of the front hub

Campagnolo Record hub

Close-up of the rear hub

Campagnolo Record rear hub

The other end of the rear hub


Set 5: Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole hubset, 126 mm rear axle, 6-speed. Used. $170.00

Part# HB-02-02

1.370" x 24 tpi, BSC or English threaded

Campagnolo Record hubs

Wow! What a gorgeous set of hubs!

Campagnolo Record rear hub

The rear hub

Campagnolo Record hubs

And a close-up of the front hub


Campagnolo Record low-flange 32-hole hubset, 126 mm rear axle, 6-speed. Used, $200.00

  • BSC threads, 1.370" x 24 TPI
  • The curved skewer levers say these hubsets were made after 1978.
  • Record hubs of this basic design were produced into the 1980s.
  • We overhauled these hubs just before photographing them for posting.

Campagnolo Record 32 hole hubset

The pair, overhauled and ready to go.

Record front 32-hole hub

Close-up of the front hub

Record 32-hole rear hub

And the rear


Campagnolo Record low-flange 28R x 32F-hole hubset, 126 mm rear axle, 6-speed. Used. $170.00

Part# HB-02-07

  • Rear hub is 28-hole, front is 32-hole
  • 1.370" x 24 tpi, BSC or English threaded

Campagnolo Record hubs

Overhauled and ready to be laced up

Rcecord front hub

Close-up of the front hub

Campagnolo Record rear hub

The rear from the non-drive side

Campagnolo Record hub

And from the drive side


Campagnolo Record high-flange 36-hole rear hub, 121mm rear axle, 5-speed. Used $100.00

  • This hubset has been cleaned, polished and overhauled.
  • We can install a 6-speed rear axle upon request.

Record highj-flange rear hub

The rear hub

Campagnolo record hub

Close-up showing the threading specs.


Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole rear hub, 5 Speed

We have two: #1 | #2

Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole rear hub, 121mm axle, 5 Speed, #1. Used. $150.00

Part# HB-03

  • Hub has been overhauled and re-greased
  • Given the skewer and 120mm spacing, we guess-date this to the mid-1970s. Record hubs of this basic design were produced from 1967 into the 1980s.

Campagnolo record rear hub

Classic Campagnolo design

Campagnolo Record rear hub

From the drive side

Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole rear hub, 123mm axle, 5 Speed, #2. Used. $150.00

Part# HB-02

  • Hub has been overhauled and re-greased
  • Rear axle is closer to 123mm
  • BSC threads
  • Given the skewer and 123mm spacing, we guess-date this to 1970. Record hubs of this basic design were produced from 1967 into the 1980s.

Record rear hub

Ready to hit the road

Record rear hub

Moving towards the center of the hub from the threads, but still outside the flange, there is a little ring engraved. That means the threads are BSC.


Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole front hub.

We have two: Front hub #1 | #2

Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole front hub, #1. Used. $120.00

Part# HB-04

  • This hub has been overhauled
  • Campagnolo began producing the 1034 Record hub in 1967. While early production rear hubs have an oil hole with a back circlip, the front hubs do not. Soon, the front hub was made with an oil hole and circlip. This hub is one of those rare early front Record hubs without an oil hole.

Campagnolo REcord front hub

No circlip on this early Record hub.

Record front hub

And with the hub rotated 180 degrees, it is clear that there is no oil hole.

Campagnolo Record low-flange 36-hole front hub, #2. Used. $90.00

  • Hub has been overhauled and re-greased

Record front hub

A good-looking classic

Record 36-hole hub

Another view


Campagnolo Record low-flange 32-hole rear hubs

We have two: #1 | #2

Campagnolo Record low-flange 32-hole rear hub, 120mm axle, 5 Speed. New old stock. $150.00

Italian freewheel threads, 36 x 24.

Given the skewer and 120mm spacing, we guess-date this to the mid-1970s. Record hubs of this basic design were produced from 1967 into the 1980s.

Campagnolo Reocrd rear hub

Almost no marks on the hub from the previous wheel build. This is one sweet hub.

Campagnolo Record low-flange 32-hole rear hub, 127mm axle. Used, $120.00

Part# HB-02-04

  • BSC threads
  • This hub has been overhauled

Record rear 32-hole-bub

After all these years, sill in great condition.

Record rear hub

And from the drive side.


Campagnolo C-Record hubset, 36-hole front, 32-hole rear, 126mm rear axle. Used. $300.00

Part# HB15+16

  • Hubs were overhauled before they were posted
  • Campagnolo produced this hubset 1985-1990

Campagnolo C-Record hubs

Wonderful condition

Campagnolo C-Record front hub

The front 36 hole hub

Campagnolo C-Record rear hub

Close-up of the 36-hole rear hub

Campagnolo C-Record rear hub

The drive side of the rear hub


Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo large-flange 36-hole hubsets, 126mm rear axle. Used $150.00

Part# HB-13-02

Campagnolo produced these Nuovo Tipo hubs in both large and small flange versions from 1967 until 1981.

Nuovo Tipo hubs were made with a 120mm 5-speed rear hub spacing. These sets have had their rear hub re-spaced to 126mm.

Nuovo Tipo hubs were part of the Gran Sport group, which eventually included pedals, crankset, control group, seat post, brakes and headset. They sat just below Nuovo Record in price and quality. Mechanics generally call them "Tipos".

The large-flange hubs are particularly easy to spot because the flanges have round rather than "kidney bean" shaped holes. Except, of course, for the few Nuovo Tipo hubs with kidney bean-shaped holes (with Campagnolo, never say "never").

The Nuovo Tipo hubs differed from the top-end Record hubs in just a few ways. The pressed in races were not precision machine ground (though the cones were). The skewers had simpler hardware. And the Record hub's little oil hole in the center of the hub that is covered up with a black circlip is not in the Nuovo Tipos.

Our experience has been that with use, the bearings of "Tipo" hubs get very smooth (as these have) and give very long life.

An added bit of fun: with Simichrome polish or its like, Nuovo Tipo hubs can be polished to a bright, chrome-like finish. Most modern Campagnolo hubs are anodized, so this is much harder to do on other models.

The rear hub has been converted to 126mm for 6 & 7 speed.

Cleaned and rebuilt, these hubs are ready for the road.

Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo hubset

Nuovo Tipo 36-hole hubset

Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo hubset

Another view of the pair.

Campagnolo Tipo rear hub

Close-up of the rear hub

Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo hub

and the front.