The spacing for a 7-speed cassette is smaller than that of an 8/9 speed. You will have to add a spacer behind the cassette for this to work. That is, assuming that the axel length is the same. I don't know. I'd be curious to know.[/QUOTE]
Yeah I almost forgot that, I got a spacer sitting at the shop on a buddies bench. For the time being the bike is getting crummy Acera X 7spd hubs laced to no name schrader rims just so I can roll around town on it and get a feel for what length stem I want to use as well as saddle height and other fit issues, etc. Axel will have to be swapped as the current one is to short, the wheels are from the early to mid 90's. I will build a more permanent wheelset using a 8/9 spd hub, hoever I have yet to settle on the type. A sweet deal on a pair of take-off Deore disc hubs cut out of a rim set may come my way.
I used the code W227 as well and recieved the frame for $55.35 delivered in roughly 4+ days, ordered 2/09-here 2/13. The only parts I need to buy are a fork, headset, stem, and wheelset. Maybe a second set of clipless pedals if I get bored w/ platforms.