Bike Polo Equipment Check: EighthInch Julian Wheelset

When it comes to the good things in life, more is better. If you are reading this blog you are likely a connoisseur of the finer things in life, such as hats with flappy ears, ironic music, and bicycle polo.

Has everyone without the above appreciations left the blog?

Good.

Whilst one could argue ad nauseum about what is the most critical part of a purpose-built polo bike may be, I am going to posit that the wheelset trumps all other pieces and parts. Why? Because I just spent 100 quid on an amazing set of wheels and you should too, but you can’t because the sale is over so now you have to pay $159, which is still an amazing deal as you will soon realize after I bestow upon you my unsolicited praise for the Eighth-Inch Julian 48 wheelset.

My review of the Julians will provide you entirely too much information about me, as well as information about why this should be your next set of polo wheels.

Ready? Go.

  • As a child of the 80’s, again having 96 spokes on one bicycle takes me right back to my Schwinn Predator FreeForm EX. Glory days.

    (this is not me nor a Schwinn, but I did look that good)

  • As a bicycle mechanic I could go on and on about the Julians… so I will:
  1.  The wheels are built with pride. Why? When you look through the valve stem hole the Eighth-Inch logo on the hub shell is perfectly in view. That shit don’t happen by accident.
  2.  The hubs are run-of-the-mill Formula, but what else do you need? Sealed cartridge bearings, high flange, flip-flop. Solid.
  3.  The wheelset I retired to run these Julians were less well-endowed with spokes. The front wheel had a total of 16 spokes, by design, and while it held up remarkably well truing it was a royal PITA. There was never a spoke where you needed one in order to pull the rim back into true. The Bam-Bam method of wheel truing was frequently used. While I have had little need to true the Julians yet, with 48 spokes there will always be a spoke (heck, a bunch of spokes) just waiting to be tightened or loosened for my truing pleasure.
  4.  TRIPLE-WALLED. If that does not make you drool you need to start using your rims to block shots more. Having a 42 mm cross-section the Julians will take lots of direct hits, but with TRIPLE-WALLS I ain’t skerred.

 

  • Since Lancaster United plays year round outdoors we mix it up in all kinds of weather. Those of you with fewer than 48 spokes likely run wheelcovers since your measly spoke count lets balls scoot right through. When the wind is blowing your wheelcovers become sails, which, simply put, sucks. Julian 48’s solve that problem. Wind gets through, balls don’t.
  • I am cheap. Did I mention that you can buy a set for $159 with or without machined sidewalls and in hipster approved black/white/silver?
  • I have been voted most likely to wheel-dick himself into oblivion by Lancaster United. With this honor comes grave responsibility. If Julians hold up for me, poloites, they will hold up for you.

Are the Julian 48’s perfect?

Well yes, as far as I am concerned they are.
Are they lightweight?

No. Thank God.

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5 comments

  1. Trace says:

    Recently Matt “Horse” Krofcheck managed to scoot a ball through the 48 spokes on my front wheel. This feat defied physics, yet it happened. He ain’t called Horse for no reason.

  2. Sean'o says:

    Balls have no problem going through mine either. Doesn’t make me love them any less though.

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  4. Dan says:

    Are those 48h Julian V2 wheels still holding up a year later? Have you started putting wheel covers on for the few shots that have gone through?

  5. Trace says:

    Thanks for checking in Dan. About two months ago I went disc on the front, but the front wheel was/is still perfectly true albeit with a few bent spokes. No wheelcover was ever installed. Rear wheel is also still very true. I had to do some minor truing a couple times, but no broken spokes. For this 180 pound guy, these wheels were money well spent.

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