UPDATED: Phil Wood RIP - BikeBiz


83 year-old passes away in Roseville, California
Publish date:

UPDATE: Shortly after posting this story the family of Phil Wood contacted BikeBiz to clear up some inaccuracies and also to offer this tribute to the industry legend.

Hub-maker Phil Wood passed away this week, as reported by Bicycle Retailer.

Wood died of pancreatic cancer on March 14th 2010 at his daughter's home in Roseville, California. He founded Phil Wood & Co in 1971 to create maintenance-free hubs for cyclists, manufacturing the first production sealed bearing hubs and bottom brackets.

Phil Wood company president Peter Enright said: “I feel so lucky to have talked with him about a week before he passed away, and he mentioned again that he was so lucky to sell the business when he did.

“We talked off and on over the years, usually to catch up on news about his friends in the bike business. But he was quite happy to return to the farm after selling the business to help raise his granddaughter.”

Enright explained the significance of Wood’s impact on the market: “He was complaining to Spence Wolfe about why no one offered a sealed bearing hub and Wolfe told him to make his own hub. A little while later he asked Spence how many he should make. It took Spence a bit to remember what he was talking about. He said make 50 hubs and the business was launched.”

Featured Jobs

the cycle hub

Showroom Manager

The Cycle Hub I Dubai, United Arab Emirates I Competitive Package & Bonus I Date Published Tuesday 26th June 2018

Giant St Paul Logo

Bike Fitter / Sales Person

Giant St Pauls I City of London I Salary: Negotiable Dependent on Experience I Date Published Thursday 21st June 2018


Bike Technician

Chain Reaction Cycles I Ballyclare I Competitive Salary & Benefits Package I Date Published Monday 2nd July 2018


Brand Content Writer

Canyon Bicycles GmbH I Koblenz, Germany I Salary: Up to €38,000 I Date Published Tuesday 3rd July 2018


Retail Sales Advisor

Chain Reaction Cycles I Belfast I Competitive Salary & Benefits Package I Date Published Monday 2nd July 2018