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Old 02-14-07, 02:38 PM   #1
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Surly Track hub axle... 120mm to 130mm?

So I had a friend offer to teach me to build a wheel, and I ordered a Surly NEW track hub (120mm) online. Being relatively new to the conversion world, I failed to differentiate the TRACK hub from the ROAD hub, and seeing as I'm planning on putting this wheel on an old road bike with 130mm rear spacing, the question remains: am I royally screwed? If it's possible to swap out axles or space it differently to fit on my frame, what do I need to purchase?
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Old 02-14-07, 03:04 PM   #2
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Surly uses solid threaded axles so they can be replaced easily. My 120mm surly rear hub has enough extra threading on both side that I could respace it to 130mm with spacers if I wanted to. You are probably in the same boat. If its not a frame you plan on converting back to a geared bike, then I'd probably just respace the frame myself, or bring it to someone to do it for me.
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yup, surly axles are long enough to respace out to 130mm. You'll just need 2 5mm axle spacers and some cone wrenches.
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Old 02-14-07, 09:24 PM   #4
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Can someone put up a link or a picture of an axle spacer? I think I know what you are talking about, but would like to be positive, as I think I'll need them in the near future. I'm thinking they are the typically black deal already on the axle, inside of the locknut, but I need another one?

I have 130 mm spacing on the back end of a road frame and some Formula hubs. The hubs fit the frame, so are the axle spacers to get the chainline in order?
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imagine a washer that fits over the axle and is 5mm thick.
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Awesome, guys. Thanks for the input. I can't wait to build this sucker up!
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It's an old steel frame; bend the drop outs. You need a tool to check the frame alignment so go to a bike co-op or shop to do it.

10 mm is 5 mm per dropout or about 1/5 of an inch. For old steel it's not much. Plus you save grams without those silly spacers.
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