Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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Since you haven't bought either, try to select the frame you want and buy the hub to match. 110mm is standard for SS and internal gear hubs and 130 or 135 for derailleur bikes. As others have said, you can bend (cold set) the frame to change width and re-parallel the dropouts, but why do it the hard way.
It isn't only a matter of width. Derailleur bikes today have mostly vertical dropouts which are useless for non-derailleur bikes because there's no provision to tension the chain, so you'd need to add a derailleur-like chain tensioner. You need a frame with horizontal dropouts so the wheel can slide back to tension the chain.
As I said, pick out a SS compatible frame first, then contact Sram or others about getting a hub of the correct width.
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