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Old 07-26-05, 02:23 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm rebuilding my rear wheel. Last time I did this was years ago, so I've forgotten how to dish correctly for the freewheel.

It's currently true vertically and laterally. Should I dish it with the cassette attached, or do I dish it and then mount the the freewheel?

FWIW, it's a 6 speed freewheel and I noticed that the original dishing was very shallow. So shallow, in fact, that the spokes on both sides are the same length.

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As far as dishing goes, it makes absolutely no diff whether the cassette is on or not.
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Thanks. Thinking about it properly, the wheel is centered on the axle, which accommodates the spacing for the cogs anyway

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When properly dished the rim should be centered between the dropouts, chainstays, and seatstays (assuming the the frame is straight).
It makes no difference if the freewheel or cassette is on the wheel. The bearing cones, spacers, and locknuts must be in place and the wheel must be ready to mount.

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