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Old 01-18-06, 01:03 AM   #1
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Front wheel axle diameter too large for fork!

I painted a frame and bought a wheelset, but the front axle of the wheel (formula hub) is too large for the fork! It seems to be only slightly larger, like a millimeter or so. What should I do? Try filing the front fork dropouts (are these called dropouts too?)?

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Old 01-18-06, 01:06 AM   #2
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Usually called fork-ends(fork ends/forkends?)..nothing else to add.
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Old 01-18-06, 07:16 AM   #3
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Today it's "only... a millimeter or so," but after a few hours with a flat-file you'll understand just how big a millimeter really is.
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Old 01-18-06, 07:57 AM   #4
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If the fork end looks beefy enough, I'd file it. Maybe use a drill if you can get your hands on a big enough bit. (Is that a sentence???) But then I'm cheap.
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Today it's "only... a millimeter or so," but after a few hours with a flat-file you'll understand just how big a millimeter really is.
In my experience, filing dropouts goes a lot quicker than you think it will. Go a few strokes at a time, and check with the hub often. Don't take off any more than you have to.
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Old 01-18-06, 11:31 AM   #6
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dremel tool!
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Another vote for "file it."
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Old 01-18-06, 11:39 AM   #8
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I dremeled the axle threads instead of attacking my fork....but that is just me..I can replace the axle for under 5 bucks if I go to far...
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what ZappCatt said
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i had a similar problem with a nashbar hub and my rear dropouts (semi-horiz, on a trek touring bike). I filed down the axle with a flat file in a couple minutes. no problems.
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if it's steel, just bend the legs. A millimeter is a small amount to concerned about when cold-setting.
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vomitron, he's not talking about spacing, he's talking about the size of the fork ends themselves and how the axle won't fit because its diameter is too large.
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if it's steel, just bend the legs. A millimeter is a small amount to concerned about when cold-setting.
no tron... its not the width of the hub, its the diameter of the axle... the axle itself wont fit in the forkends. And yes, my suggestion is to carefully file down the threads on JUST the part of the axle that the forkends will sit on. BTW.. did you paint your schwinn?
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