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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:11 pm 
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is it possible to fit a 135mm axled wheel to a frame suited for a 130mm hub by changing the axle and spacers?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:32 pm 
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maybe, as you'll be taking the 5mm out of the non-drive side (assuming this is the case, as it will be if you keep the same free hub), then you're going to be increasing the dishing beyond the original wheel (as the rim will need to move 2.5mm nearer the drive side - but it's only 2.5mm, so i'd guess yes so long as you keep a strong spoke pattern..

(not that i've actually tried this - just my reasoned thoughts! :D )


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:41 pm 
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I did this with a road bike wheel - first by leaving off the lock nut (I was new to hubs!) and secondly by replacing the spacers and lock nuts with thinner ones. In fact, leaving the lock nut off was kind of OK as the dropout held it in place while riding - most of the time.

In the end though I cold-set the frame (see Sheldon Brown) with some threaded rod, a couple of washers and two nuts. You just wind it out to the new width. You can only do this with steel though - not aluminium or carbon fibre. Should you be lucky enough to have a frame made from 753, you can't do it to that either.

Be careful though - overdo it with either approach and you have a broken frame or a locked rear wheel, neither of which is often pleasant.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:25 am 
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Take it to a good frame builders ( with a packet of chocolate Hobnobs for the " Hobnob discount " ) and they'll take two minutes to fix it....

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