CAR (solid high flange, oil port)
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Category:  Hubs
Name:  CAR (solid high flange, oil port)
Brand:  Maxi-car
Years:  Early 1930's - Early 1940's
Country:  France
Added By: peterbman on 10/03/14
Updated By: peterbman on 01/10/17
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CAR (solid high flange, oil port)CAR (solid high flange, oil port)CAR (solid high flange, oil port)
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Gear Compatibility Front Bearing Size/Count
Rear Bearing Size/CountRear Spacing
Spoke DrillingFlange SizeHigh Flange
Gear Threading/Pattern Body MarkingsCAR
Axle MaterialShell Material
General Information
From : The name Maxi-Car arose from the merger of hubshell designs from the established hub manufacturer Maxi with the annualar bearings used for hubs designed by Charles-Albert Ripet (C.A.R. = Car) of Lyon. Ripet had previously built hubs (and bottom brackets, both used first by Lyon constructeur Reyhand) himself, and apparently licensed the design to the fellow Lyon company Véga, which built hubs as well. All 3 brands (Maxi, C.A.R., and Véga) were produced in both alloy and steel, and were used on almost all the bikes in the touring technical trials - they were simply the best hubs available. C.A.R. hubs were first used by the French "constructeur" salon Reyhand, considered to be a premier artisian builder of the pre-war years. In around 1946, the first Maxi-C.A.R. hubs appeared, produced by the maker of Maxi, E. Depalle, from St. Etienne.
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Maxi-car is the brand name of hubs produced at least at some point by Rousson et Chamoux S.A., based in Feurs, France.  On the later, definitive, versions of the hub the distinctive red label appears with italicized logo as "Maxi-car", with only the M capitalized.  On older hubs and in brochures, the name appears in capital letters with hyphen: MAXI-CAR.  Sometimes the name is seen as Maxi-C.A.R.  The name is said to have originated from the design collaboration of hub makers Maxi, with Charles-Albert Ripet, of Lyon.

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