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Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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Well, as long as we're getting into obscure spacing, many early 90's frames, made during the transition from 7-speed to 8-speeds, had 128 mm dropout spacing. They could use either 126 mm OLD or 130 mm OLD hubs.
As noted, older steel frames can be respaced to widen the dropouts. 120 mm to 126 mm is fairly easy and 126 mm to 130 mm is too. Going from 120 to 130 is a lot less certain, particularly if the frame has short chainstays. Ti frames can also be respaced but are very difficult to do. NEVER, EVER respace an Aluminum or carbon frame.