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Old 08-05-05, 01:42 AM   #1
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6 speed cassette adapter?

I have a Shimano 6 Speed cassette on my bike and i'm looking to buy new wheels. However, everything i've seen thats affordable comes with an 8 or 9 speed hub. Is there anyway to put a 6 speed cassette on these wheels because I need new ones and I don't have the money to get my wheels custom built.

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Sure, simple enough. Get the 8-speed and you can unbolt the cassette itself from the hub. Then install your previous 6-speed cassette and axle. I'll buy that spare 8-speed cassette from you.
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I'm pretty sure that an 8/9 speed hub is going to have a 130mm axle, so you might not even be able to fit it into your frame (unless you can widen it- is it steel?)

I asked at my LBS how much a wheelbuild would cost and they told me $35. So going the custom option might not be all that expensive.
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Sure, simple enough. Get the 8-speed and you can unbolt the cassette itself from the hub. Then install your previous 6-speed cassette and axle. I'll buy that spare 8-speed cassette from you.
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I have a Shimano 6 Speed cassette on my bike and i'm looking to buy new wheels. However, everything i've seen thats affordable comes with an 8 or 9 speed hub. Is there anyway to put a 6 speed cassette on these wheels because I need new ones and I don't have the money to get my wheels custom built.

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To begin with, are you sure it's a cassette and not a freewheel?? Big difference in your options. Shimano 6 speed cassette was uniglide system, which is out of print. You won't find a current wheel/hub for uniglide cassettes. You might try trolling ebay for an older wheel built around a uniglide hub. Sheldon Brown has the skinny on uniglide cassettes/hubs vs the current hyperglide system at www.harriscyclery.com Older 8/9 hyperglide hubs were threaded on the end and would accept either uniglide or hyperglide cassettes.The 6 speed cassette on one of them would also need a spacer to take up the extra hub width if 8/9speed, and you would also have to deal with 130 hub width VS your 126,which isn't really that big a deal. I don't have a cheap soultion to the problem other than ebay. If you have a freewheel, then wheels with freewheel hubs are available. You could also ditch the 6 speed cassette and go with a new freewheel and freewheel hub.
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I asked at my LBS how much a wheelbuild would cost and they told me $35. So going the custom option might not be all that expensive.
I think you got something mixed up on that price. Around here a rebuild using the old hub and rim,but with new spokes and nipples is $80. But maybe you didn't figure in the value of the fresh young 'possum and quart of Colt .45 you slipped Bubba to get a bro deal?
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