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#1 2013-01-07 5:44pm

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Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

I'm ok with this thread getting deleted if it causes problems but I am wondering if Bullseye hubs are too cliche' and or poseur these days. Seems they get used a lot for carpet queens. 

The reason I ask is because I'm building a 24in GT and I have a set of silver first gen sealed bearing Sunshine hubs and a set of early Bullseye hubs.  I consider both pretty parallel in quality and can't decide which ones to use.  I think Bullseyes look better but also think they might be used too often these days. The Sunshines are cool but a little earlier than the GT frame and other components.  I know they are more rare than Bullseyes and, in my opinion, don't look as nice...


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#2 2013-01-07 5:46pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

I would use the Sunshines over the Bullseye`s. Just my opinion.


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#3 2013-01-07 5:49pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

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I would use the Sunshines over the Bullseye`s. Just my opinion.

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I would use the Sunshines over the Bullseye`s. Just my opinion.

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#5 2013-01-07 5:55pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

If it were me I wouldn't care what anyone else thought and just do what made me happy smile ...but if you are just looking for opinions than I'd build and ride the Bullseye's for the exact reason you said...because no one else does and they only put them on show type bikes.


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#6 2013-01-07 6:03pm

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I still like the OLD ones.  smile


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#7 2013-01-07 6:12pm

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I still like the OLD ones.  smile

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#8 2013-01-07 6:17pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

I would go sun shine most bullseye are nice looking but a lot had miner gliches. so they wear a peta to heep true and smooth. so if you ride it sunshine is better. show it then yes go bullseye.  I sold off all my bullseye wheel sets never liked how they road. but I only had 2 sets.


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#9 2013-01-07 6:21pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

I like sealed Sunshines because I know they're old school, Bullseye....ehh...can't really tell. I have a couple sets of Bullseyes, sold my sealed Sunshines. Just get some Son Lite's,MXR's or Cook's, no biggie

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#10 2013-01-07 6:22pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

I've used Bullseye hubs since the 80's.  Liked them then, and still like them now.  If you are real and passionate about the sport and hobby, who cares what others think.  Build what YOU like.  It's your money and time.

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#11 2013-01-07 6:40pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

Those Sealed Sunshines are a hell of a good hubset.

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#12 2013-01-07 7:12pm

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That could also depend on your goals for the build. Rider, it really doesnt matter. If its a show bike you will need to consider how the bullseye hubs will be looked at by the judges. Many contests are going the og route. Any part that is suspect will reduce your chances for a place. Your biggest mistake would be thinking that the Bullseye name will get you by. Ive seen some really badass builds that have been entered in survivor classes or the 80-88 old school classes where these guys will try to make there bike a a bullseye show piece. Only they used Bullseyes modern pro model crupi copy pedals that were produced in 2008. These guys dont have a clue. IMO, if you want to impress , build it like you were only 14yrs old and the only money you have comes from your paper route. Thats collecting/building at its core. 90% of the parts we buy , we hadnt a clue existed bitd.
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#13 2013-01-07 7:21pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

nikbsnjk wrote:

That could also depend on your goals for the build. Rider, it really doesnt matter. If its a show bike you will need to consider how the bullseye hubs will be looked at by the judges. Many contests are going the og route. Any part that is suspect will reduce your chances for a place. Your biggest mistake would be thinking that the Bullseye name will get you by. Ive seen some really badass builds that have been entered in survivor classes or the 80-88 old school classes where these guys will try to make there bike a a bullseye show piece. Only they used Bullseyes modern pro model crupi copy pedals that were produced in 2008. These guys dont have a clue. IMO, if you want to impress , build it like you were only 14yrs old and the only money you have comes from your paper route. Thats collecting/building at its core. 90% of the parts we buy , we hadnt a clue existed bitd.
   Remember this can happen with other products that have been known to have been counterfeited. Porkchop tires, reissue tiogas. helix stems, custom padsets, new mx1000 brakes, fake kashis, new oakleys etc etc. The guys you really want voting for your bike will just walk away shaking their heads. Like I do. Good luck and have fun

Great advice.  I'm building this to ride but I'll admit that I'm going for the "oooh" factor too (don't we all).  I put the Bullseyes up for sale and will use the Sunshines. This is my last build for awhile.  After it's done I'm going to sell off my unused parts to fund my skydiving.


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#14 2013-01-07 7:25pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

Sunshine all the way crunch. Way higher quality than the bullseye stuff, in my opinion.

I think they look better too.


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#15 2013-01-07 8:56pm

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hell yeah they have and they suck too

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#16 2013-01-07 9:35pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

raced on bullseye hubs late 80s early 90s, loved them. The shady new bullseye stuff won't change how I feel about the stuff I used to race with bitd.


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#17 2013-01-07 10:25pm

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

Old real Bullseye is great. The new stuff... well... roll

Sunshine are nice hubs as well, and something a little different.


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#18 2013-01-08 2:11am

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

I vote Sunshine, I have a set of sealed silver ones with chrome 7x rims on my zeronine.  Not from the same era, but I use my high flange jp wheelsets on my brand new cruiser sometimes.

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#19 2013-01-08 4:04am

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

With the turn of events bullseye hubs are every where  they are a dime a dozen sunshine on the other hand are hard to come by ...


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#20 2013-01-08 9:09am

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

I don't know about the hubs being cliche, but if I use reproduction parts, it's for a rider and I like to ride all my bikes.

But ... the idea of getting beat over the head on price for a potential repop doesn't fly with me...

Also, I think the year of the build makes a difference ... I'd use Sunshine for a 1979-1980 build and wouldn't use Bullseye for that window, but I'd use them for later 1980 through 1982 because there weren't too many sealed hub options between 1979-1982 that a 8-11 y/o kid could have saved for in that window (I remember Bullseye were @ 70 bones @ 1980 and I had no allowance as a kid, this would have been a twice a year or bithday kind of purchase back then).

Anyhow, alot of very expensive builds are already borderline "poser" builds since all the kids I grew up with that either had the silver spoon or had their folks by the short and curlies had bikes and parts every week and either couldn't ride, wouldn't compete or didn't work on them (bike shop servicing) themselves at all.

Besides, two-tone Sunshines look fast when standing still as do Campy Sheriff Stars, Son-Lites, Gyrolites, Phil's, and CBR ... So do Bullseye.

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#21 2013-01-08 9:53am

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

I think ubiquitous is a better word to use then cliche! Haha


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#22 2013-01-08 11:27am

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

KoolAidMan wrote:

Anyhow, alot of very expensive builds are already borderline "poser" builds since all the kids I grew up with that either had the silver spoon or had their folks by the short and curlies had bikes and parts every week and either couldn't ride, wouldn't compete or didn't work on them (bike shop servicing) themselves at all.

If more kids actually had a shop service their bikes way back then, there would be less parts with hammer and gouge marks on them and probably more parts available in general due to none being destroyed by some stupid kid who didn't know what a crank puller was.

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#23 2013-01-08 11:49am

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Coco wrote:

KoolAidMan wrote:

Anyhow, alot of very expensive builds are already borderline "poser" builds since all the kids I grew up with that either had the silver spoon or had their folks by the short and curlies had bikes and parts every week and either couldn't ride, wouldn't compete or didn't work on them (bike shop servicing) themselves at all.

If more kids actually had a shop service their bikes way back then, there would be less parts with hammer and gouge marks on them and probably more parts available in general due to none being destroyed by some stupid kid who didn't know what a crank puller was.

Not an untrue statement, but I think my point was either ignored or misunderstood by your response.

Anyway, FWIW, there were a few guys in my neighborhood who had all the right building and tear-down tools and there was almost always "class in session" for repair and maintenance of all bike types. I don't think we did too much un-intentional damage ...
Ghostriding, bad stunts or temper tantrums were probably a different story. lol lol lol


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#24 2013-01-08 11:53am

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

KoolAidMan wrote:

Coco wrote:

KoolAidMan wrote:

Anyhow, alot of very expensive builds are already borderline "poser" builds since all the kids I grew up with that either had the silver spoon or had their folks by the short and curlies had bikes and parts every week and either couldn't ride, wouldn't compete or didn't work on them (bike shop servicing) themselves at all.

If more kids actually had a shop service their bikes way back then, there would be less parts with hammer and gouge marks on them and probably more parts available in general due to none being destroyed by some stupid kid who didn't know what a crank puller was.

Not an untrue statement, but I think my point was either ignored or misunderstood by your response.

Anyway, FWIW, there were a few guys in my neighborhood who had all the right building and tear-down tools and there was almost always "class in session" for repair and maintenance of all bike types. I don't think we did too much un-intentional damage ...
Ghostriding, bad stunts or temper tantrums were probably a different story. lol lol lol

I know what you meant by the poser kids. Parents had more money than brains.

I just recall as a kid trying to help my friend "remove" his Flight 400 cranks from his Kuwi with a hammer. lol

After that, anything that didn't involve removing the wheels or adjusting cable tension went to the bike shop so I would not damage anything like when I tried to true my own z-rims.  Thank god they just bounced back into shape after the local shop straightened them out.

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#25 2013-01-08 11:54am

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Re: Have Bullseye hubs become cliche'?

i like both hubs, but Sunshine will be a winner if i need to choose, they spin better IMO


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