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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:39 pm 
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Anyone just slapped a singlespeed freewheel onto a 5 speed hub with no running issues?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:50 pm 
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Yup, then took it off and put a fixed cog on :)
As long as you get the chain line and chain length right then you shouldn't have any problems.
Standard english hub thread is 1.37" X 24 TPI and the same is true for multiple freewheels and single speed sprockets.
I've used a set of miche hubs from the mid 80's and a brand new dicta single speed freewheel with no problems whatsoever.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:37 am 
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The problem is chainline, but a bit of shuffling along the axle plus a re-dish of the wheel should sort it.

As you will end up with a less dished wheel it's a good way to go.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:37 pm 
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Keep the 5 speed block and chain, line up the nearest sprocket at the rear and change the front chainring to get the gear in inches that you need..... just a thought :)

Shaun


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:38 pm 
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You should really re-dish the wheel - a five speed wheel will have the rim off center.

You can run it without redishing but the rim will not be centered correctly in the frame


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