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Old 06-12-05, 11:06 AM   #1
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Cassette hubs OK for SS?

Budget is real tight at the moment and I see that cassette wheel sets are pretty cheap. It appears that the cassette hub will work fine with spacers. It appears that all the spacers would help with chain alignment but look ugly. Seems to be a good trade off, is this correct?
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Cassette hubs are super for SS. Chainline is super easy, and the hubs are often fairly cheap. Something to watch out for: if the freehub body is aluminum or titanium, make sure you use a wide-base cog, like King, Boone, Kick-Ass Cogs (from Endless Cycles). If the body is steel, you can use super cheap Shimano DX BMX cogs, for like $15.

Lots of the guys over at the MTBR SS board use cassette hubs religiously.

http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=46
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I've been using a Shimano cassette hub (can't kill it HB2200) on my Peugeot conversion for going on 2 years and some 2000+ miles. I was using cogs off a busted up cassete but switched over to a BMX cog simply cause I got a couple on sale.

Sure it may look a little odd (standing still) but it's very cost effective and the infinitely adjustable chainline can't be beat.
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Like SSSasky said - watch the cog width. I set up a rear wheel on the cheap using PVC spacers. The MTBR boards aer better with the SS mtb stuff - where I got my start back in 96!
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Has anyone been successful "fixing" a shimano cassette? I tried the flipping pawls approach and it did not work. I'm busting out the JB weld as soon as I get a chance.
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http://www.63xc.com/mathieson/cheaphub.htm

He doesn't use JBWeld, but he fixes the shimano freehub. A good read.
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I got spacers on my Shogun SS and it rocks. It is so good to be able not to redish and all that junk. If you are skillfull you can take apart old cassettes that are riveted and get some spacers, Sometimes. I would suggest doing it if you are a newbie or dont want a hassle.
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