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    rear spacing: use a 130 mm hub with a 135mm frame?

    Can it be done?
    I mean, can I use a road hub with my Surly LHT frame, which has 135mm spacing?
    I'm asking cause I need a new rear wheel pretty soon, and dedicated touring wheels are hard to come by. In fact, any 700cc wheel laced with a 135 hub is either expensive, rare, or both it seems. Plus, they've got these huge thick rims, which I don't necessarily want.
    Can I just throw some spacers in there and be done with it?
    Thanks much.
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    Sure you can use the hub, just a couple different ways to make the modifications.

    Simple way would be to throw some 2.5mm spacers on each side and it'll work. Won't be ideal because the cogs will be a little too far away from the dropout and you'll have to adjust the derailleur limit screws and cable-tension. You also don't get the advantage of less wheel-dish, which is why you want 135mm spacing anyway. Count on 30-minutes or so.

    Ideally, you'd throw a 5mm spacer on the left side only (move axle over to make room). This will preserve the derailleur alignment, so no adjustments necessary there. Then just re-dish the wheel over by 2.5m to recenter it. Loosen the drive-side spokes by about 1 full turn and tighten the left side by 1 full turn and that should do it. This will then give you the full advantage of going with 135mm spacing. Takes about 1-hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2mtr
    I mean, can I use a road hub with my Surly LHT frame, which has 135mm spacing?
    I'm asking cause I need a new rear wheel pretty soon, and dedicated touring wheels are hard to come by.
    Which size Trucker do you have? The smaller versions use 26" wheels.

    What do you consider expensive? I had a set of 130mm hubs laced up to set of 26" rims for somewhere in the vicinity of $250 for my Bridgestone XO-3.

    The LHT is a steel frame, you could always just plunk the wheel in and close the QR on it.
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    I'm 2 meters tall (Hence the moniker.), so I'm going with the 700s. I try not to get anything done special... and expensive is anything over, say 100 for a wheel, including shipping. And since I'm in Hawaii, way out here in the middle of the pacific, shipping is heaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2mtr
    and expensive is anything over, say 100 for a wheel, including shipping. And since I'm in Hawaii, way out here in the middle of the pacific, shipping is heaps.
    In that case I'd just pick up some wheels from Nashbar or one of your local shops and swap the axle / add some spacers. You could probably even find an old MTB wheel to swipe the axle and spacers from.
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    Why don't you buy an XT or LX rear hub and lace it to a road rim of yoiur choice, I did and you can do it cheaply if you do it yourself. That's what I did. Or if you don't have the skill to do so have a shop do it for you.

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    Yeah, but I don't have an skillz. for the cost of shipping a wheel to hawaii, i'd be better off just getting a new wheel built up to my specs.
    thanks all.
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    Yeah, but I don't have an skillz. for the cost of shipping a wheel to hawaii, i'd be better off just getting a new wheel built up to my specs.
    thanks all.
    with that in mind, what sort of rim and hub combonation would you use? I ride pretty crap roads, pretty often, for about 40 miles a day. I'm abot 190 pounds.
    mah-ha

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