Sunday 24 August 2014
These are in great original shape overall though, and look as though they were pulled off a car and sat since the 80's..!
15x6.5, A (+8)
15x7, A (+1)
Early standard-reverse V-1's, with the old polished caps and single-colour faces..
The caps are the same as the ones used on the regular EX-C Mesh/Fin, and in this case the 'tall' style. They're then the early version of that too, with Polished alloy instead of chrome-plating, and a black locking mechanism.
These use the early cap mounting style of having the collar screw down onto the plate, which means the collars and plates need to be removed to remove the wheel. Possibly would make things a little more frustrating when cleaning, but is no doubt a theft deterrent on top of the lock itself.
One of my favourite details of the wheel; with the bright colours, and friendly, almost comic-like fonts.
Interesting seeing the addition of the '-R' means a bit of the text ('By Hiro Engineering') had to be dropped. The V1-R plates also weren't directional like the ones used on the V-1's; which is a bit of a shame. Its such a subtle detail, but a really nice touch...
My favourite era of wheels, my favourite manufacturer in that era, and one of my absolute favourite of their designs.
A little wear and tear for their age; but great colourway and sizes are just icing on the cake. I'm seriously stoked to have these..