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Colson Wheels

WCP Colson Hubs are the quickest and easiest way to integrate a Colson solid-core rubber wheel into an FRC drivetrain. Colson Live hubs enable a direct drive system via a powered hex shaft (like in the VersaChassis), and Colson Dead hubs allow the wheels to be powered by a sprocket, pulley, or gear using the VersaKey pattern.


  • Colson Dead Hubs are VersaKey compatible

  • Machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum

  • Black anodized for superior performance

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Description

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Colson Performa wheels are some of the most widely used and recognizable wheels in large-scale competition robotics. Originally designed for industrial material handling applications, their ideal balance of traction and durability make them a natural fit for our uniquely demanding environment.

When VEX robotics engineers combined their experience on the playing field with Colson Caster's top wheel designers, the result was simple and effective: light-weight VEXpro hex hubs molded directly into the same Colson molds that teams have been using for years.

  • Durable, high-traction wheels
  • Wide variety of sizes fit in any application
  • Integrated plastic hex hubs

NOTE: In order to ensure a high performing interface to minimize backlash between the Colson Performa wheel and its driving shaft, the 1/2" hex is sized to be a little tighter than a standard sliding fit. For normally sized hex and ThunderHex shafts, these should still be installed by hand, with a little work. Concerns & questions on hex fit should be directed to prosupport@vex.com.

Colson Hubs from West Coast Products are the quickest and easiest way to integrate a Colson solid-core rubber wheel into an FRC drivetrain. Colson wheels are a common choice for competitive robotics, and the new hubs from West Coast Products make them simpler than ever to use.

Colson Live hubs enable a direct drive system via a powered hex shaft (like in the VersaChassis). The hub is also slightly longer than previous options, allowing a better fit for both 1.5” and 2” wide wheels.

Colson Dead hubs allow the wheels to be powered by a sprocket, pulley, or gear. The hub now features an integrated VersaKey pattern, providing seamless interaction with all VEXpro sprockets, pulleys, and gears. Plus, the new hub also features a counter-bore, allowing teams to use either flanged or non-flanged bearings.

  • Colson Dead Hubs are VersaKey compatible
  • Machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Black anodized for superior performance

Tech Specs

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Downloads & Docs Assembly Instructions:
217-3430 (Colson Live Hub) (PDF)
217-3429 (Colson Dead Hub) (PDF)
Specification Bore: 1/2" Hex Bore
Load Rating: Recommended use on robots up to 120lbs

Coefficient of Friction: 1.0
  • The CoF was measured between standard FRC carpet and the Colson Wheels. The test was done with a robot of known weight being tilted on an incline until the wheels began to slip.
Material Type Hub: Glass filled Nylon hub co-molded into Colson Polyolefin hub
Tread: 65 Shore A Thermoplastic elastomer Tread
Metal Hub: 6061 T-6 Aluminum
Material Finish Metal Hub: Black Anodized
CAD Model 217-4045 (Colson Performa 1.625" x 0.875", 1/2" Hex bore) (STEP)
217-4046 (Colson Performa 2.5" x 1.25", 1/2" Hex bore) (STEP)
217-4047 (Colson Performa 3" x 0.875", 1/2" Hex bore) (STEP)
217-4048 (Colson Performa 3.5" x 1.25", 1/2" Hex bore) (STEP)
217-4050 (Colson Performa 3" x 1.5", 1/2" Hex bore) (STEP)
217-4049 (Colson Performa 4" x 0.875", 1/2" Hex bore) (STEP)
217-4052 (Colson Performa 4" x 1.5", 1/2" Hex bore) (STEP)
217-4054 (Colson Performa 4" x 2", 1/2" Hex bore) (STEP)
217-4051 (Colson Performa 4" x 1.5", 1.1875" bore) (STEP)
217-4053 (Colson Performa 4" x 2", 1.1875" bore) (STEP)

217-3430 (Colson Live Hub) (STEP)
217-3429 (Colson Dead Hub) (STEP)
Drawing Colsons with Round Hubs Drawing (PDF)
Colsons with Hex Hubs Drawing (PDF)

217-3430 (Colson Live Hub) (PDF)
217-3429 (Colson Dead Hub) (PDF)
Weight 217-4045 (Colson Performa 1.625" x 0.875", 1/2" Hex bore) - 0.05 lb
217-4046 (Colson Performa 2.5" x 1.25", 1/2" Hex bore) - 0.17 lb
217-4047 (Colson Performa 3" x 0.875", 1/2" Hex bore) - 0.16 lb
217-4048 (Colson Performa 3.5" x 1.25", 1/2" Hex bore) - 0.32 lb
217-4050 (Colson Performa 3" x 1.5", 1/2" Hex bore) - 0.33 lb
217-4049 (Colson Performa 4" x 0.875", 1/2" Hex bore) - 0.26 lb
217-4052 (Colson Performa 4" x 1.5", 1/2" Hex bore) - 0.53 lb
217-4054 (Colson Performa 4" x 2", 1/2" Hex bore) - 0.74 lb
217-4051 (Colson Performa 4" x 1.5", 1.1875" bore) - 0.48 lb
217-4053 (Colson Performa 4" x 2", 1.1875" bore) - 0.67 lb

217-3430 (Colson Live Hub): 0.16 lb
217-3429 (Colson Dead Hub): 0.17 lb