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    9 speed freehub on a 7 speed rear hub

    If I get a 7 speed rear hub (32 hole body, axel, cones etc.) with a 7 speed freehub, can I just switch in a 9 speed free hub? There are no spokes/rim attached yet.

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    According to Sheldon Brown, if it's Shimano, YES. As far as I know Campy didn't really make any 7 speed cassettes. They made plenty of 8 speed though. The cost of shimano 9 speed hubs is so low for 105 level that it doesn't make sense to buy a freehub though. Good luck.

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    Yes - I've done exactly that. I found a Shimano Ultegra 600 hub on eBay, and changed the freehub from a 7 to an 8/9, a task which is made considerably easier after the hub is built into the wheel.

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    What is the cost of a 9 speed 105 hub? If $60 is an average price, it's not cheap for me. Where do you recommend I get the least expensive components to piece together a bike (LBS deals, specific internet distributors, etc)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannl
    If I get a 7 speed rear hub (32 hole body, axel, cones etc.) with a 7 speed freehub, can I just switch in a 9 speed free hub? There are no spokes/rim attached yet.
    Well yes and no. The freehub bodies are interchangable, but the 9-speed freehub body is obviously wider. The axle sets (right side cone, spacers and maybe axle length) are a little different. You'll have to fiddle around a bit mixing and matching parts to make the over locknut dimension come out right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs1
    According to Sheldon Brown, if it's Shimano, YES. As far as I know Campy didn't really make any 7 speed cassettes. They made plenty of 8 speed though. The cost of shimano 9 speed hubs is so low for 105 level that it doesn't make sense to buy a freehub though. Good luck.
    It *does* make sense to replace just the freehub if the wheel is already built up and you don't feel like rebuilding it. Retro Grouch is correct, although the freehub can be easily replaced, you'll have to respace the axle. It'll take you 15 minutes or so if you've overhauled a hub before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moxfyre
    It *does* make sense to replace just the freehub if the wheel is already built up and you don't feel like rebuilding it. Retro Grouch is correct, although the freehub can be easily replaced, you'll have to respace the axle. It'll take you 15 minutes or so if you've overhauled a hub before.

    Here's a Deore 36H rear hub for $25... http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    A perfectly good hub, not as well sealed as the LX or XT hubs, but better than what entry level MTBs have.
    +1 Why not just the freehub body? I've done it on a Campy 8 speed. I can't imagine it's much harder on a Shimano. The wheel will have to be redished. Good luck

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