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    700 wheel with 126mm spacing anyone?

    I know what it is, but I can't seem to find one that costs less than my bike! Actually thought I had a great deal on a Centurion Facet (their only AL road bike ever), only to discover it had a rear tubular Roval aero wheel that is frankly not practical for me. (never buy a bike at night) I've only got freewheel tools so no free hubs if possible. You'd think these things are piled up high in every LBS, but none of the stores I know keep "obsolete" parts. The Facets were OEMed with cool Wolber Alpine (blk) and Suntour hubs - not that aesthetics is crucial. Ain't got (too much) money, but I've got time! Any offers appreciated, and you can have the more exotic Roval, albeit the brake areas are worn IMO.

    Still can't PM, but can reply via email. Thanks.
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    Keep your hub and have a new clincher rim laced up.

    OR

    Peter White has 126 mm, 105 hubs and will lace any rim you want.

    See http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/Wheels.asp and scroll down the page

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    You got the hub, so all you need are a rim, spokes, and a spoke wrench - though a trueing stand is nice to have - I made my own. http://forums.bicycletutor.com/thread-3155.html

    Make sure that you take your freewheel off before taking apart the wheel !!!
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    Just sold one on New York Craiglist for $70.00 that i built.Mavic open Sport and lovely Sunshine hub..Yup learned to build wheels for just that reason.Impossible to find 126 mm spaced wheels in NYC.So I made my own.Good luck!

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    hubs that have 126 spacing are usually too inexpensive to be sold on ebay, but they do show up occasionally. best to get a whole wheel if possible. look at craigslist too. wheels sets and individual wheels show up there often.
    what makes it even more difficult is that the people who have them don't know that they are 126 and you may have a hard time convincing them to take a measurement, or even HOW to take a measurement. one thing to note. often these types of hubs carried 6/7 freewheels. so you could key on that when looking. bike swaps are a good idea too. take your metric ruler with you.

    126 is not dead as far as i am concerned. all my road bikes have 126 spacing and believe it or not i am specing a 126 spacing on my new semi-custom ti frame. i like the 6/7 speed/cassettes and freewheels that they were designed for...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul01 View Post
    Keep your hub and have a new clincher rim laced up.
    Roval hubs and rims are proprietary and don't play well with standard components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
    ....believe it or not i am specing a 126 spacing on my new semi-custom ti frame. i like the 6/7 speed/cassettes and freewheels that they were designed for...
    That's a mistake and will make it difficult to find hubs and freewheels/cassettes in the future as well as make the bike difficult to sell if you ever need to. Spec it as 130 mm and add a 4.5 mm spacer to an 8/9/10-speed freehub body to let you use 7-speed cassettes.

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    I have a Shimano RX100 hub that I no longer need. I was going to try my hand at wheel building but I don't have a trueing stand yet so I couldn't build it up for you, at least until after Christmas. It is a free hub though, not a free wheel.

    While looking on ebay I found the following built up wheelset:
    http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...id=31596498820

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    Google

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    Be patient...go several pages in if you have to in the results...

    Trust me...

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    Lots of marvelous Campagnolo Record hubs with 126mm spacing on e-bay.Go for about $100.00 a pair in great shape.I bought a pair and they're on my 87' Pinarello Montello.

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    You got the hub, so all you need are a rim, spokes, and a spoke wrench - though a trueing stand is nice to have - I made my own. http://forums.bicycletutor.com/thread-3155.html

    Make sure that you take your freewheel off before taking apart the wheel !!!

    That's what I thought but nooooo, this is a weird looking Roval Aerodynamique c. 1980s requiring special spokes and spoke tool. huge thick gated flang and contoured brake rim. I'm just a "patch and pump" type i guess, i can't imagine these things are an improvement. Take an old set of Champs anyday. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    To put it in context, the vintage Centurion was inexpensive. I've learned my lesson about investing too early, especially with this rather unusual aluminum frame. I can't even take it out for a decent 10+ mile test ride because the existent wheel has bad brake rims and a rotting sewup. Hence the need start cheap. A Campy gruoupette may or may not be in the future, but not until we've had the chance to bond. i might take the wheel off another but it gets complicated with the Suntour/Shimano, narrow/old, cogs and chain issues. Just wished the owner had left it stock...

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    Shoot me an e-mail at rccardr AT cox DOT net

    I have some freewheel Wolber or Matrix rims on 105 or Maillard freewheel hubs that will do the trick.
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    Generically, you seek Hubs for 6~7 speed freewheels..
    changing axles is fairly easy..

    Still have 30 year old wheels of that type in service.

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    126 wheels are always showing up in CL, since nobody wants them they come up pretty cheap, maybe less than 100 bucks for a set of suntour or campangolo ones. Sadly u dont use tubulars, that would help a lot to find wheels because people usually give them away.

    Say 3 pairs this week in my local CL, each of them going average 80 bucks the pair.

    For the record, probably u can put a 130 mm wheelset in your bike, aluminum flex a little bit, even more in the old bikes. Not saying is the right thing to do but probably u can like with 130 mm and the bike will be ok. In a carbon frame big no no, in some AL frames is possible to do it just fine.

    Checked the CL in your area and the prices are really high, soon nobody will be using a bike in NYC, prices should be going down, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kanegon View Post
    To put it in context, the vintage Centurion was inexpensive. I've learned my lesson about investing too early, especially with this rather unusual aluminum frame. I can't even take it out for a decent 10+ mile test ride because the existent wheel has bad brake rims and a rotting sewup. Hence the need start cheap. A Campy gruoupette may or may not be in the future, but not until we've had the chance to bond. i might take the wheel off another but it gets complicated with the Suntour/Shimano, narrow/old, cogs and chain issues. Just wished the owner had left it stock...
    I buy a lot of wheels cheap. Just post a WTB ad in the bicycles for sale section of C/L. and you will find them. I bought a set last Friday for $40, oh year, they came with a nice frame, bb, stem, seatpost, shift levers, saddle, headset, and handlebars. A lot of my wheel pickups come in the shape of a bike.

    Note, Dr Cannondale offer is awfully good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    That's a mistake and will make it difficult to find hubs and freewheels/cassettes in the future as well as make the bike difficult to sell if you ever need to. Spec it as 130 mm and add a 4.5 mm spacer to an 8/9/10-speed freehub body to let you use 7-speed cassettes.
    Or spec it to 128 so you can more easily use 126 and 130 interchangeably.
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    Loose Screws has hubs.http://www.loosescrews.com/
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    I have a lightly used 6s 105 hub, about 1988 vintage, currently attached to a lightly used Arraya rim. It looks like you have your pick of nice hubs from people who have responded to this thread.

    Or, for something very new, very pretty, and very expensive:
    http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...hub-126mm.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Generically, you seek Hubs for 6~7 speed freewheels..
    changing axles is fairly easy..

    Still have 30 year old wheels of that type in service.
    +1. I keep a bunch of various axles in my parts boxes. At least a couple of each in 130mm, 136mm, and 3 or 4 each in 141mm and 146mm for hollow rear QR hubs. All 10 x 1 threaded. I also stock axle spacer washers in 1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 5mm and 10mm in fairly good quantity and extra axle lock-nuts with serrated faces. This can allow you quickly re-space a hub axle for any frame and I simply have to quickly re-dish the wheel, which may just require a few minutes to go around twice to pull the rim over a few mm.
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    I just cram 130mm wheels into 126mm steel frames.

    However, running tubulars might not be as bad as you think. Just keep a prestretched, preglued one in a seatbag. They're easier to change on the road than a clincher. Only bummer is they're hard to repair. The importance of that will depend on your puncture frequency.
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    Head on over to the Classic and Vintage forum, and ask around. 126 mm hubs and wheels grow on trees over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    Or spec it to 128 so you can more easily use 126 and 130 interchangeably.
    +1 I forgot about that option. My '94 Trek came space that way as Trek sold it in both 7-speed (126) and 8-speed (130) form at two different price points.

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    Have you measured your frame to see exactly what it is? Could be a little looser than 126. i have two bikes with hubs slightly wider than the frame spec and it is no problem at all. Light pressure with one thumb and the wheel slides right in.

    You might also be able to narrow a 130 hub with different locknuts, or grind a little off the locknuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corynardin View Post
    I have a Shimano RX100 hub that I no longer need. I was going to try my hand at wheel building but I don't have a trueing stand yet so I couldn't build it up for you, at least until after Christmas. It is a free hub though, not a free wheel.

    While looking on ebay I found the following built up wheelset:
    http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...id=31596498820
    I had a wheel built at the LBS on that hub.
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