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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-16-08, 05:12 PM   #1
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Hub width

I'm toying with a concept at the moment - new bike complete with 'justifications' for 'needing' it

I'm leaning towards a fixed gear but with provision to fit gears if I decide it was a really daft idea. I ride fixed now so I know what I'm getting into, which is why I want to go fixed but recognise that for the intended use, gears may haunt this bike's future.

Anyways, that's irrellevant.

The question is:
If I buy a frame that'll take gears, the rear fork will be spaced to **whatever the number is** which is wider than the 120mm of a track frame. In building the wheel, do I just use a track hub and spacers or are there fixed hubs designed for the wider frame.

Remember, this is all conceptual at this stage so theoretical discussions are cool, and the bike will be built from new bits, not old stuff recycled.

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Old 11-17-08, 10:13 AM   #2
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The question is:
If I buy a frame that'll take gears, the rear fork will be spaced to **whatever the number is** which is wider than the 120mm of a track frame. In building the wheel, do I just use a track hub and spacers or are there fixed hubs designed for the wider frame.

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All the wheels we sell are 120mm spacing but the axle is long enough to go out to 126mm or 130mm. For 126mm you just take 2x3mm spacers and install them under the outer nut. Since the formula hubs we use are sealed you don't have to worry about adjustment. For 130mm it is just 2x5mm. Hope that helps.
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Old 11-17-08, 11:34 AM   #3
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Surly and Phil Wood both make 130mm track hubs.
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...gears may haunt this bike's future.
SRAM and Sturmey can fix you up with 3- and 5-speed gear hubs that will slot right into 120mmOLD fork ends.

A couple more months and Sturmey will have their S3X three speed fixed hub on the market.

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