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Old 08-21-13, 09:41 AM   #1
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Cross Check single speed rear hub 130 vs 135

Hi all,
I will be building a CC for commuting and other adventures. I want to build a set of single speed wheels with the Velocity A23 rims and probably the Surly ultra new hub. I do have a set of road wheels for geared setup, but would like wider rims for snow tires. Have gotten a little input from MTBR, looking for a road perspective also.
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The hub width doesn't make a difference as to the width of your rims or tires you can use. I vote 130mm just to keep them compatible with other things.
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Since many Road frames are vertical dropouts for compatibility , maybe this is the hub to use

http://www.whiteind.com/eno-single-speed-rear-hubs.html..

the eccentric version .. will tension the chain, within a half link length

in what ever width the rear of the frame happens to be..

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Old 08-21-13, 01:24 PM   #4
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I would say if you are leaning towards road type riding then 130mm might be more appropriate but if you are leaning toward more "adventure cycling" then I'd go 135 since most touring/adventure bikes have 135 dropouts. This is assuming you might want to move the wheel to a more specialized bike in the future.

I will say my bike has 132.5mm forward facing dropouts and I find them to be a PITA. I would much rather just have vertical 135's.
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I would say if you are leaning towards road type riding then 130mm might be more appropriate but if you are leaning toward more "adventure cycling" then I'd go 135 since most touring/adventure bikes have 135 dropouts. This is assuming you might want to move the wheel to a more specialized bike in the future.

I will say my bike has 132.5mm forward facing dropouts and I find them to be a PITA. I would much rather just have vertical 135's.
Why do you say they are a PITA? I have that type on an old Bianchi. I plan to run single speed in winter and add gears for non-winter use. The Cross Check seems to be made for that. Also like the ability to run wide tires.
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130,you'll need spacers;135,you'll have to spread the frame a little every time you insert the wheel. Decide which you'd rather deal with.

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Since many Road frames are vertical dropouts for compatibility , maybe this is the hub to use
Dude,he's got a Cross Check,they have semi-horizontal dropouts.
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Why do you say they are a PITA? I have that type on an old Bianchi. I plan to run single speed in winter and add gears for non-winter use. The Cross Check seems to be made for that. Also like the ability to run wide tires.
Because the wheel comes into the dropout from the direction of the front of the bike, I have to deflate my 40mm tire to get the wheel far enough forward to get into the dropouts. Also, stretching the stays to get the wheel in is a pain. Neither is a huge deal, just a couple of extra steps over using vertical dropouts. If you plan to swap from from SS to geared then those extra steps would be a fair trade-off for that capability. If you already own a bike with this type of dropout then it's likely a non-issue for you.
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Old 08-22-13, 09:55 AM   #8
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Cross Checks have 132.5 rear spacing. Road or mountain hubs will work; couldn't be any easier. I have a 950 series Shimano XTR hub laced to a Velocity Dyad set up singlespeed and no tensioner. Currently shod with 28c Gatorskins, but have a set of 35c City Rides that work really well too.
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Dude,he's got a Cross Check,they have semi-horizontal dropouts.
I was under the illusion they wanted to also use the wheel on their road bike..

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