Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Blaine, MN
Bikes: 92 Paramount Series 7 650c, 1984 Bianchi Alloro, 1995 Specialized Stumpjumper Cro-mo
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7 speed to 8 speed
I did a search on this but wanted some clarification. I have a rear wheel with Shimano Exage 500 hub that has a 7 speed cassette on it. I also have another rear wheel with a Shimano 600 hub with and 8 speed cassette - HG-C I think? Anyway - I tried to install the 8 speed cassette on the 7 speed freehub only to discover that there seems to be some material blocking the cassette from going on the hub far enough to be able to fit the 8th gear. After doing some reading online - it sounds like I have a few options:
1. Get an 8 speed wheel! (too expensive right now.)
2. Swap the 8 speed freehub body in place of the 7 speed one. This seems easily doable - until I got to the part of redishing the wheel. Is that necessary and how does one go about doing that?
3. Get a 9 speed freehub body, cassette and chain - but only install 8 of the gears. This one sounds way more expensive than what I want to spend.
So what are my options -and what do you recommend based on a very limited budget? (btw - the 600 hub and 8 speed is on a 650c wheel - otherwise I would just use it!)