bikerumor mystery pic from first flight bicycles

Photo from the collection of Jeff Archer of First Flight Bicycles. If you think you know what this is, post your answer in the ‘comments’ section– the correct answer will be posted there on Tuesday!

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  1. That is a “Real” front hub. I currently have one on my 26″ single speed beater. If you rotate the axl it would show the label. Another cool feature is that the axl is threaded internally at the ends so it “bolts on” to the fork so that it doesn’t easily get stolen without a tool. Not to stiff to say the least but free to me and works just fine for a super fun beater bike.

  2. By the way mine is black not the cool vintage purple ano that this one is. I’m sure First Flight has the Paul rear der and brakes to match.

  3. Definitely a Hershey. I would like to see a picture of the Real hub that RobO has. I have never seen a Real hub that looks anything like a Hershey hub.

  4. Everyone who guessed Hershey got it right. At Real Design, we made a few of these, but never any in 3DV purple (that color craze had passed by the time we started making hubs and I refused to do more…)

    The end caps are the give away, our Real hubs didn’t have any gap between the shoulder and the bearing race.

  5. …after some thought, I recall that we did a few axles for some of these as a ‘joint venture’ with Greg, though not many. So to RobO, you might have one of the few prototypes or small run we did of the Real laser etching on these. But we never did 3DV purple….though there may be a few gold ones out there!

  6. The answer from Jeff at First Flight Bicycles: “a Front Hub made by Hershey Racing. The middle hub shell is a clear plastic tube and the axle has the Hershey logo on it (on the other side so it wasn’t obvious!). Pretty sure they marketed it as the “Naked” hub.”

What do you think?