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    help me pick out a Rear wheel compatable with 6 speed freewheel

    i'm looking for a rear wheel that will be compatable with my shimano 6 speed freewheel. Does anyone know of any? The lowest ones i've seen on nashbar says they're for 7 speed, will they not work? Oh, and cheap would be nice.

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    i should probably add that these are road wheels.

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    I'd look for an old 6 speed Campy Record hub and build it to a new rim... maybe OpenPros, with 32 14/15/14 spokes and brass nipples. It's going to be more expenisive than the Nashbar wheel, but oh so nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeTeaNotwar
    i'm looking for a rear wheel that will be compatable with my shimano 6 speed freewheel. Does anyone know of any? The lowest ones i've seen on nashbar says they're for 7 speed, will they not work? Oh, and cheap would be nice.
    A seven speed wheel will work if your dropout spacing is 126mm and not the older 120.A steel frame can be spread to 126 tho.

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    hmm..i would kind of like to try a seven speed wheel if it will work. because i might eventually want to uprgrade to 7. i'll go measure my dropout. Thanks.

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    Hello, I f you are sure that youre getting a freewheel compatible bike, and have a freewheel to put on, the nashbar wheel should work. The standard six speed wheels were for 126 mm OLN distance, the sevens will be 130 I think. If youre using it on a steel frame, there should be absolutely no problem with spreading the triangle that far. If its alu or carbon frame, you wil have to narrow the oln dimension by r and r spacers or lock nuts with smaller stuff to make it 126 wide. The best thing to do is measure the width of the rear triangle first to be sure. There is the possibility that you have an old suntour narrow six on there now, and that your frame is 120,,if thats so, steel will still prolly go that far. See sheldon brown dot com for more fun.

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    If the rear width is the correct size (or near enough) you can use 7 speed in place of 6. I have done this successfully. Friction gear levers can make any rear mech work with any cogs.
    You can get 7 speed rear hubs using freehubs rather than screw-on freewheels. The Shimano freehub design is much better than a screw-on.

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    if your freewheelk happens to be a suntour ultra 6 and your rear spacing is 120 a 5 speed hub will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrcln
    Hello, I f you are sure that youre getting a freewheel compatible bike, and have a freewheel to put on, the nashbar wheel should work. The standard six speed wheels were for 126 mm OLN distance, the sevens will be 130 I think.
    There was 120 ultra narrow 6 and 126 six speed. 130 is the current road standard for 8/9/10 speed. 7 was made as 126, a compromise 128 and also 130 in a few cases.

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