Mavic 500/550
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Category:  Hubs
Name:  Mavic 500/550
Brand:  Mavic
Model:  500/550
Years:  1975 - ?
Country:  France
Added By: Walkman-man on 04/25/16
Updated By: Walkman-man on 04/25/16
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Gear Compatibility FreewheelFront Bearing Size/CountCartridge bearing
Rear Bearing Size/CountRear Spacing126mm
Spoke Drilling24Flange Size
Gear Threading/Pattern English/ISO: 1.375 x 24 TPIBody Markings
Axle MaterialAluminumShell MaterialAluminum
General Information
This is the first incarnation of the Mavic 500/550 hubset, introduced in 1975 and shortly replaced by the slightly modified 500 RD /550 RD version. Considering that this newer version continued production up until the 90's, examples of the original version must be considerably scarce in comparison. Details on technical info for this hubset can be found in the entry for the 500 RD/550 RD hubset on the database. And there you'll also find the necessary info to allow you to differentiate between the two versions- with the easiest sign apparently being that the bearing on the RD is exposed on the drive side while the 500 has a dust cap (see above pic 4). Another thing to mention is that the hubs were clearly bought together- presumably they'd have been boxed together (my example happens to be a 24 hole hubset)- but it's interesting to note that the Mavic logos on each hub are slightly different to each other. I can only put this down to Mavic's slight quirkiness that they've become known for where labelling their earlier products is concerned:) 
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Brand Information(click to expand)
 Mavic is best known for its lightweight aluminum rims and complete wheels, which they continue to produce today.  They also produced a full range of drive train components in the past.  Mavic made a failed attempt to popularize an electronic shifting system in the early 90's.
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