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Avocet Bicycle Hubs

Avocet Hubs on this page: Model II hubset

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Avocet was started in the 1970s by Bernie Hoffacker and his sons Bud and Neal. The Hoffackers were owners of the highly-regarded Northern California bicycle shop Palo Alto Bicycles. In the late 1970s they developed a prototype small cycle computer. Being in Silicon Valley they were able to find expertise to refine it into what would become the most popular cycle computer ever, the Avocet 30. Greg LeMond used one, as did whole European teams such as Panasonic. Even Ironman triathlon winner Dave Scott used an Avocet computer.

For a while, they were everywhere. Avocet says that in the 1989 and 1990 Tours de France, 80% of the riders using a cyclometer were using one made by Avocet.

Avocet saddle bag

Early Avocet saddles came with one of these bags.

Avocet expanded its offering to include tires, saddles, hubs and other parts and accessories. The company at some point changed hands and though there is an Avocet web site, the firm appears to be dormant.

Avocet Model II 36-hole, 126mm rear hub, double sealed, cartridge-bearing, with sleeve nut, hubset. New, $150.00/set of front and rear hubs.

  • Produced in the 1980s.
  • Cartridge bearings are easily replaceable.
  • More info on these hubs here.
  • The sleevenut design allows the hub to be converted to a 120mm or 130mm spacing with reducing/adding spacers and a new axle.

Avocet Model 2 hubset

Here's the set, still new, in the box.

Avocet front hub

The front hub.

Avocet Model 2 hub

Side view. You can see it has a cartridge bearing.

Avocet Model 2 front hub

The other side of the front hub.

Avocet Model 2 rear hub

The rear hub

Avocet Model 2 rear hub

The rear hub's drive side

Avocet Model 2 rear hub

The rear hub's non-drive side