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    How much is the lateralization of shimano-type hubs standardized?

    If the rear derailleur is fine adjusted for shifting on a cassette (mostly talking about 10speed shimano cassettes), how much of that is (should be?) preserved when exchanging the whole wheel (including cassette). It appears that this easy interchangeability is mostly a feature of the hub. Does this apply to all different shimano type hub manufacturers?
    The background of this question is bicycle racing: You have a flat, you exchange the complete wheel including cassette. How well is shifting adjustments preserved even if the wheels have different hub manufacturers?
    Thanks for feedback

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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnhr View Post
    If the rear derailleur is fine adjusted for shifting on a cassette (mostly talking about 10speed shimano cassettes), how much of that is (should be?) preserved when exchanging the whole wheel (including cassette). It appears that this easy interchangeability is mostly a feature of the hub. Does this apply to all different shimano type hub manufacturers?
    The background of this question is bicycle racing: You have a flat, you exchange the complete wheel including cassette. How well is shifting adjustments preserved even if the wheels have different hub manufacturers?
    Thanks for feedback
    Usually, with the same make/model hub you can switch with no adjustment. Otherwise it is trial and error to see whether a quarter turn of the adjustor will be needed. You could possibly measure the distance between the right outer lock nut and the first cog???? - TF

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    I expect within the same make hubs, the wheels should be pretty much interchangable with, at worst, very minor tweaking.

    If you switch to a different make hub, say Mavic to Shimano, it's going to be a crap shoot as to whether the shifting is good or not.

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