Bicycle Mechanics - 6/7-speed compatibility
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I'm currently running a 7-speed freewheel and 700x35 wheels. I have gotten hold of a pair of 700x23 wheels with a 6-speed freewheel attached. Can I swap one out for the other? If so, can I easily add QR to the wheels?
05-29-07, 08:52 PM
Quick Release is something that cannot be added-either it uses it or it doesn't. You can certainly swap out the wheels, but you must also swap out the freewheels. Hope this helps..
Thanks for that. Can I just confirm that the 7-speed freewheel won't fit on the 6-speed hub? Also, if I use the 6-speed, will there be any chain issues?
If they're both freewheels and the most common BSC threading, then you can swap one for the other. The only issue is if your 6 speed wheel was an Ultra 6 spaced freewheel (made for 5 speed hubs), then your axle length might be a little short and you'll end up with a slight wheel re-dishing issue. But 95% of the time this should work. And no chain issues in any case between any 6,7 speed setup
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