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Old 01-04-22, 05:25 PM
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Hi-E wheelset on Teledyne Titan at River City Bicycles

Hi folks, figured I'd post these here. This Hi-E wheelset is hanging on a Teledyne Titan on display at River City Bicycles in Portland, OR. These might be of special interest because they appear to have a slightly different construction type than most of the other rims.




In my collection I've got a set of the early 36h hubs, low flange front and high flange rear, with the stickers instead of engraving. 120 spaced. The front was radially laced and the rear was radial on the non-drive side, kinda neat.

(One of the stickers is upside down so looks like I'm stuck with a left-hand drivetrain lol)

And I just recently got myself a 28h front hub for a 1988 titanium bike that I'm slowly building up as a lightweight build. Now I need a 28h rear hub, and really light rims (I'm a small gal). Thinking about Mavic Argent 7s. Or, heck, if I ever found a pair of Hi-E rims, well that would really be something...
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Old 01-04-22, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by 3dvvitch View Post
Hi folks, figured I'd post these here. This Hi-E wheelset is hanging on a Teledyne Titan on display at River City Bicycles in Portland, OR. These might be of special interest because they appear to have a slightly different construction type than most of the other rims.

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.....Or, heck, if I ever found a pair of Hi-E rims, well that would really be something...
back in those days, I built up a front wheel with the standard Hi-E front hub and one of those tubular rims. I recall it being very light, but I didn't have a lot to compare it with. Still, a rim that was made from aluminum sheet, folded over, and then riveted at the joint didn't inspire the same confidence as a Super Chamion model 58 clincher rim! I wasn't able to ride tubulars much, and ended up getting rid of the rim, which I sorta regret now. I'm still using the hub, though, and it seems to be doing fine.

The Hi-E sales literature in the early 90's claimed that the weight was 250 grams, and had the disclaimer "failure is safe, but may occur at less than rated loads". Harlan was an engineer, so I wonder what the rated load was supposed to mean? The load at which the spokes all ripped out of the rim simultaneously??



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Originally Posted by 3dvvitch View Post
This Hi-E wheelset is hanging on a Teledyne Titan on display at River City Bicycles in Portland, OR.



(One of the stickers is upside down so looks like I'm stuck with a left-hand drivetrain lol)
Funny that you noted the Hi-E sticker being upside down on your rear hub - note the photo above shows the inner jockey wheel cage plate of the RD is also mounted upside down

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Originally Posted by 3dvvitch View Post
Hi folks, figured I'd post these here. This Hi-E wheelset is hanging on a Teledyne Titan on display at River City Bicycles in Portland, OR. These might be of special interest because they appear to have a slightly different construction type than most of the other rims.
Yes, they are made differently from other rims. Most rims start as straight extrusions that are cut to length, rolled onto a circle, and pinned or welded closed. Hi-E rims start as aluminum sheet, cut to width, folded into a box shape, seam riveted, rolled into a circle and pinned closed.
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The original front skewers had dangerously failure-prone aluminum axles. Sometimes weight weenieness is overdone.
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The original front skewers had dangerously failure-prone aluminum axles. Sometimes weight weenieness is overdone.
When did the skewers use aluminum shafts ("axles"?) ??

I' bought mine in the 70's, so maybe they changed since then?
This is what I've got now: They have stainless shafts, or some other alloy that doesn't seem to corrode.



Looking at the marketing literature from the 90's, it does look like Harlan offered a version with an aluminum shaft. I stand corrected!
That does seem particularly ill advised.



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I worked at Bikecology 1972 to 1974 when Hi-E stuff first came out. They had a big aluminum shaft recall back then. This was the first wave of weight weenie wars, and drilium was the rage, as well.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Yes, they are made differently from other rims. Most rims start as straight extrusions that are cut to length, rolled onto a circle, and pinned or welded closed. Hi-E rims start as aluminum sheet, cut to width, folded into a box shape, seam riveted, rolled into a circle and pinned closed.
Certainly! But these hi-e rims also seem to have a different rivet pattern than most other Hi-E rims as well.
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I worked at Bikecology 1972 to 1974 when Hi-E stuff first came out. They had a big aluminum shaft recall back then. This was the first wave of weight weenie wars, and drilium was the rage, as well.
Both aluminum shaft and steel shaft skewers were offered at the same time.
And a front wheel track version with two wrench flats.
I have an aluminum front with the wing rod. A display item.

Rich Hammond (aka Captain America) broke one on his Geoffrey Butler in 1974. wasted the fork. he was quite pleased that the Builder could make him a replacement, essentially identical even the same color.
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Riveted frame


Early HI-E Cosmopolitan
Harland worked in the avaition industry and they like to rivet everything. He gave this Lady Cosmopolitan to my friend and I have been slowly getting it back into riding condition.
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