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Old 02-23-09, 05:52 PM   #1
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15 y/o steel frame and modern Ultegra cassette

How can I tell if my recent craigslist buy can handle a newish wheelset and 10 speed 12-25 cassette? I bought the frame only so I do not know what cassette or wheelset it had before. Thanks.
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I'll assume this is a road frame or 10-speed wouldn't be a consideration. Measure the distance between the inside faces of the rear dropouts. If it's 130 mm then any 8, 9 or 10-speed freehub wheel will fit.
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Yes, road frame and I'm looking at a Shimano set up. Thanks for the tip!
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Oh, what if it's narrower than 130mm? Any way to safely spread them out by DIY or should I go to a machine shop?
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Use the search key, lots of discussion on spreading steel bikes.
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Oh, what if it's narrower than 130mm? Any way to safely spread them out by DIY or should I go to a machine shop?
The most common width before 130 was 126 mm which was used in the 6/7-speed era. Prior to that, say before the early '80's, 120 mm was standard when 5-speed freewheels were common.

If it's a steel frame it can be "cold set" from 126 mm to 130 mm or a 130 mm hub can be forced in without too much effort. See Sheldon Brown's web site for a DIY approach to cold setting or any bike shop can do it. If it's aluminum or carbon, cold setting is impractical or damaging and shouldn't be done.
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130mm spacing was pretty much standard by 1990 so your 15 year old frame is likely there.
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Thanks guys!
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130mm spacing was pretty much standard by 1990 so your 15 year old frame is likely there.
Common but not universal. I have a '92 Trek 1420 that is spaced 128 mm as the same frame came with both 7-speed and 8-speed components at different price points. The 128 was a compromise that would fit both hub widths.
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