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Soma 48h Track Hubs

soma_48_hole With the growing popularity of aggressive fixed wheel riding and hardcourt bicycle polo, the demand for 48h track hubs has spiked. For freestyle riding, the 48 spokes are stronger than more common 32 or 36 count varieties, additionally for polo the 48 spoke lacing pattern makes it impossible for a ball to squeeze through any of the gaps. Soma Fabrications recently made a limited run of their Somax track hubs with 48 holes, retailing at roughly $60 for the front and $75 for the rear hub. Demand will determine if another run of them is created, but given the relative difficulty in acquiring the few 48h track hubs currently on the market something tells me sales of these limited Somax versions will be brisk.


  1. GregSeptember 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    funny how bmx has all but abandoned 48h while fixed gear is picking it up.

  2. LukadukeSeptember 22, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Pretty rugged… but does anyone know what the selections of 48h rims are on the market though ?

  3. bradSeptember 23, 2009 at 12:38 amAuthor

    A bigger wheel needs more spokes to be as strong as a 20″, which may be one reason why there is a demand for 700c, 48h wheels.

    Velocity makes, and has always made, a number of 48h rim offerings.

  4. flattySeptember 23, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I ditched 48′s on my BMX bike because they are so heavy. There are tons of BMX and Mtn bike riders on 36 hole 26″ rims getting huge air. Maybe fixie 48′s are needed to compensate for the skinny tires and awkward landings. Or maybe it’s just the cool thing right now. Clearly the fixie freestyle scene is dredging through BMX history in a search for functional solutions. It’s cool to watch evolution.

  5. H8rrSeptember 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I hate hated hater crap. Hating hate bmx fixie and hated hater.
    Why can’t I accept other people and their interests?

  6. Doug DOctober 7, 2009 at 3:08 am

    It’s a polo thing. and polo is not a “fixed” sport anymore. it’s a even mix of fixed and freewheel. but high spoke count means you can rip out a few spokes and still finish the game. and the ball not fitting through too.
    48 makes sense for polo. the extra spoke weight means nothing when you gear is 35×21.

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