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    6-speed freewheel on 5-speed hub?

    well, i have decided to abandon the nishiki that i've been working on... i replaced the stem with a couple of different lengths to no avail... it's just too long of a top tube.

    so now, for my fall trip to ann arbor (from toledo oh) i need a dependable bike. my miyata's rear rim is starting to crack (works fine for now unloaded)... so can i take the freewheel (6 speed) off the miyata and put it on the the nishiki wheel (5 speed freewheel currently on hub).

    or should i just have the miyata's rear hub rebuilt with a new rim?

    thanks

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    I'm sure you'll be able to make it work. You could even get 7 on there if you wanted to.

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    The 5-speed bike is probably spaced 120 mm and the 6-speed is 126 mm so the 6-speed freewheel is too wide to work on the 5-speed hub. As vpiuva noted, the 6-speed freewheel will stick out beyond the locknut on the 5-speed wheel. Also swaping freewheels is likely to cause skipping as they will no longer match the chan unless both chains and both freewheels are nearly new.

    Recommendation: have the 6-speed wheel relaced with a new rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    Recommendation: have the 6-speed wheel relaced with a new rim.
    I think that's what I'm going to have to have done. and I'm sure it will be cheaper to have my hub relaced with a new rim than buying a whole new wheel. I'm assuming they don't reuse spokes, so i'm looking at the cost of 36 spokes, a new rim, and labor.....

    it will also allow me to sell the nishiki with 2 wheels...

    thanks everyone.

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