BMX - Can I install gearing to my 24 inch bmx bike?
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07-29-05, 01:58 PM
I have a DK General Lee 24 inch BMX bike. I want to convert it into a freeride/park bike. So I would like to add a different fork, & some gears. Can I install a 16 speed or something similar on it? I know that other bikes with gears have special droputs. Will this be a problem on my bike? If so, can I get some sort of adapter? What system would you recommend with my bike? Also what would be the advantage of having a 24 inch rear wheel & 26 front wheel?
07-29-05, 04:37 PM
I dont think its do-able due to your drop outs. And I doubt there is an adapter.
also the advantage of 24 rear and 26 front is purley rider comfort. Some like it and some dont.
07-29-05, 04:44 PM
ah dangit! well thanx for the info. I have to get a whole different bike then. :-(
You can get a cheap rear derailleur that bolts on between your axle and dropout, but to add gears you'll need to rebuild your back wheel. Even then, you won't have all the appropriate cable stops to make it work well. Better to get a 2 speed freewheel, or just buy another bike.
07-29-05, 08:34 PM
You could just get a suspension fork and run a single speed, a lot of bikes for park/freeride use single speed anyway.
07-29-05, 09:18 PM
Rear dropouts on BMX bikes are 110mm. The smallest multi-speed cluster you could put on requires at least 120mm but you're not likely to find any that size except at the dump. 7 speed MTB requires 130mm and 8/9 speed clusters are 135mm.
This gets you a whopping 2 gears to choose from. Might be something to consider though.
07-30-05, 10:58 AM
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