Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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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Actually, I've found that many rear hubs do have the same flange diameter and spacing, or at least close enough that they can be changed out using the same rim and spokes.
I've rebuilt two rear wheels, one with an old 36H Shimano freewheel hub (model unknown) and one with a Maillard 36H freewheel hub substituting Shimano Acera X (cheap - one was salvaged from my LBS's discard bin) 36H freehubs in both cases.
The original spokes were the right length so I was able to do a direct relace replacing only the hub itself.