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    zungguzungguguzungguzeng Catnap's Avatar
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    correct rear wheel for singlespeed conversion?

    Hi all, i'm working on a singlespeed conversion of an old girl's mountain bike, 24" wheels. i'm looking at 24" wheels to buy (it doesn't have any) and i'm trying to go as cheap as possible.

    However, I see that almost all the rear wheels available say something like "6/7 spd FW hub" which I interpret as being ready to accept a multi-speed cassette. However, is this kind of hub also OK to screw on a bmx-type freewheel? Does it already come with an acceptable freewheel? Or do I need to specifically get a rear wheel made for singlespeed?

    here's some examples of what i'm looking at:

    Cyclepro Rear Bicycle Wheel

    Model # 34-10-123

    * Aluminum rim
    * QR rear wheel
    * Size: 24" x 1.75"
    * Aluminum QR 6/7 spd FW hub
    * UCP spokes

    Wheel Master Rear Bicycle Wheel 24 x 1.75 36H, Steel, Bolt On, Silver
    * Rear wheel, Bolt On
    * Silver rim, Steel
    * Hub: 5/6 SP freewheel
    * Spokes: 14G chrome

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    yes you can screw a BMX freewheel on to the hub, it's the same thread pattern as the freewheel cassette. you will *probably* have to redish the wheel to get a proper chainline, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wearyourtruth View Post
    yes you can screw a BMX freewheel on to the hub, it's the same thread pattern as the freewheel cassette. you will *probably* have to redish the wheel to get a proper chainline, however.
    Missed it by that much...to get a good chain line, you may have to respace the hub (move where the hub sits on the axel). If you respace, then you will need to redish (change where the rim is in relation to the hub).

    It's a little intimidating to the first time mechanic, but it's very doable. You can read about it here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/deakins/...onversion.html

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    sorry i was including respacing the axle in redishing the wheel, you are obviously correct, and more thorough in your explaination
    before posting, a "noob" should always ask themselves "could this have been answered by first visiting Sheldon Brown

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