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    Road Wheelset & Single Speed

    I have a Surly Crosscheck that I'm converting to a single speed. Because of the spacing on the crosscheck I can run road or track hubs. Is there any negatives to using a road wheelset and using spacers on the freehub? Is there a positive to a single speed hub? Thanks!

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    I've never had a problem doing that. You'll end up running something like this


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    The spacing of the cross check is 132.5, so you can run either mountain or road wheels, but tradk hubs will be too narrow. You can run either without issue however130mm wheels will be easier to take in and out of the drop outs, and generally lighter. 135mm hubs will be a little stronger, surly makes some nice 135mm hubs.


    if no you have no intention of ever running fixed gear, you can get light road wheels Cheap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kol.klink View Post
    The spacing of the cross check is 132.5, so you can run either mountain or road wheels, but tradk hubs will be too narrow. You can run either without issue however130mm wheels will be easier to take in and out of the drop outs, and generally lighter. 135mm hubs will be a little stronger, surly makes some nice 135mm hubs.


    if no you have no intention of ever running fixed gear, you can get light road wheels Cheap!
    I do have some track hubs spaced at 130. I'm thinking I want to go the road wheel route for weight reasons - like you mentioned. I guess I was just worried a cog with spacers is more flimsy. Or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greensprout View Post
    I guess I was just worried a cog with spacers is more flimsy. Or something?
    Nah, it works just fine. An SS cog works better than a cog from an old cassette, because the teeth are taller and it doesn't have the ramps and twisted teeth.
    Why "derailer" is the correct way to spell the gear-change mechanism: sheldonbrown.com/derailer.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
    Nah, it works just fine. An SS cog works better than a cog from an old cassette, because the teeth are taller and it doesn't have the ramps and twisted teeth.
    SS cogs are also wider, so they won't cut into the freehub body over time.

    Also, using a cog with spacers can allow you to fine-tune your chainline without messing with the crank or BB. It is much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greensprout View Post
    I have a Surly Crosscheck that I'm converting to a single speed. Because of the spacing on the crosscheck I can run road or track hubs. Is there any negatives to using a road wheelset and using spacers on the freehub? Is there a positive to a single speed hub? Thanks!
    The only negative is that you have an unnecessarily dished wheel. Geared wheels are dished to make room for the cassette. As a result the spoke tension is asymmetrical and the wheel is less stuff and structurally less stable than a symmetrical wheel. One of the benefits of having a SS is you can have a stronger, stiffer symmetrically dished rear wheel. A road wheel with a freehub will work just fine as a SS, but its not optimal. You'll have all of the weaknesses of the geared wheel, but none of the advantages.

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