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Old 05-25-11, 06:58 PM   #1
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Poorman's 135mm shimano hub in a 130mm frame

I was able to use a 135mm wheel with my 130mm frame.

It seems some shimano hubs have a 5mm spacer so it could be used with either sized frame, but the skewer and axle are too long for a 130mm frame.

Instead of getting a new axle and skewer, I just put the spacer on the outside and redished the wheel. I find this more desirable than spreading out the stays cause that gets annoying when you want to remove the wheel often



Is there any reason why this isn't ok to ride? The only thing I could think of is that there is slightly less surface area holding the wheel in place on the side with the spacer, but as long as it's torqued down good, it's not going anywhere in the vertical drop out anyways..
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Neat solution and I don't see it as hazardeous but but shortening a 135 mm (actual axle length 146 mm) hub axle to fit a 130 mm frame(axle length 141 mm) is very easy with any decent hacksaw and most 135 mm skewers have adequate threads to fit a 130 mm dropout. Just cut off the excess flush with the nut.
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Old 05-25-11, 07:52 PM   #3
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yeah i figured i could hacksaw it too but this is "non-destructive" and can be done in an apartment in the middle of the night
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If you want a stronger wheel, you could spread the frame permanently to 135mm.
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i'm setting the bike up to be a urban cruiser so the rear wheel should hopefully not see too much rough action

and yeah bending the frame is something i'll leave to others
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