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Old 01-18-12, 09:46 AM   #1
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Older Monocog

I picked up an older Redline Monocog frameset at a swap meet last weekend and was pretty excited about building it up until I realized it has an odd dropout spacing of about 116mm. Thing is, I 've got a Surly wheelset I had hoped to use on it. What are my options? Is it feasible to coldset it? Is there a decent rear wheel or hub available for an older Monocog?
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You could try posting your question in the Singlespeed/Fixed Gear Forum here: http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...amp-Fixed-Gear
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Well.............a Monocog is a mountain bike........and a SS and this one might even be considered classic. I can cross post, but I thought I might get the best insight here.
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Cold set it, it's steel it can handle it....& it should have begun its life at 135mm.
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135mm to 116mm is some major tweakage, IMO. Check the frame alignment along with the dropout re-spacing.
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mihlbach over in SS/FG says they were spec'd with 110mm spacing (BMX) up until 2004 and went to 135mm in 2005. This is conceivable and I'm thinking the previous owner probably tried forcing a bigger hub in there.
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Had no idea they were 110!

http://forums.mtbr.com/frame-buildin...as-567715.html
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mihlbach over in SS/FG says they were spec'd with 110mm spacing (BMX) up until 2004 and went to 135mm in 2005. This is conceivable and I'm thinking the previous owner probably tried forcing a bigger hub in there.
Yep,
Both mine and my wife's Monocogs from 2004 are 110mm. Mine is the aluminum flight and her's is the standard steel monocog...both 26ers. Ther works great with BMX hubs, which are cheap and abundant! You can build an indestructible 36H wheel with a BMX hub. My hub is an older Shimano DX,which I found NOS on ebay for cheap. The new DH hubs are absurdly expensive. But there are millions of cheap thread on freewheel hubs out there. I also built a fixed wheel with a Surly front disc hub, which works great with the tight 110 spacing.

In 2005 the spacing changed to 135mm.


Edit..the narrow spacing severely limits options for a rear disc brake, although BMX disc brakes are available, I've never tried one. I run a disc up front and a cheap tektro V in the rear. The V works better with the track style dropouts anyway. Its a cheap bike and the V is more than sufficient in the rear for horsing around SS, so who cares.

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I had an '02 bought (very slightly) used in '03,sold it last year...yeah they were 110mm spaced,and yeah,they'll safely run 135mm (unless previously damaged in some way of course) LOVED mine,and miss ig much

Here was mine on it's last trip to the LBS to pack to ship ...

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