Bicycle Mechanics - spreading late 80s klein frame 126->130
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05-29-08, 11:37 AM
I know it is aluminium, and should not be spread, but has anyone done so on a Klein?
hard to find 7-speed wheels nowadays?
Joshua A.C. New
05-29-08, 12:05 PM
It's not so hard. Ask your LBS and they'll be able to build you one.
I've never heard anyone say that cold-setting aluminum is a good idea, ever. Sheldon was vocally against it, in fact.
It's only 4mm. Can you not squeeze a wheel in there?
Yeah, not good to cold set an aluminum frame. Building a 126 spaced wheel is by far more recommended. If you are using a hub that has cup/cone type bearings (Shimano) you can re-space these to 126 by taking 4mm out of the left side and cutting the axle down. Although with your Klein, the dropouts are pretty thick so you may only have to shift the axle to the right a few mm's. I'm running a low end Shimano WH-R550 wheel that I converted to 126 spacing. Not hard to do at all.
And jamming a 130 spaced wheel in a 126 spaced aluminum frame isn't recommended either.
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