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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 09-21-11, 09:58 PM   #1
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26" flip flop hub mountain bike wheelset?

Sorry if I mess up any terminology or anything. I am new to cycling in a serious manner. I was a runner and swimmer all through high school. I picked up cycling to get from my apartment to campus, and so that I could compete in triathlons.
I am trying to convert my old mountain bike into a fixed gear bike. I am stuck right now on what to do about the wheel set. My bike is spaced 135 mm. Are there wheel sets out there that have the flip flop, fixed/free hubs already in any size that would either A be mountain bike tires (preferable) or B be road tires that would fit my frame? I would build it myself, but I don't have the right equipment to run all the spindles, and am not looking to make that purchase right now. The options I see are:
-Buying a set of 700c tires (would work because I am taking off brakes) and putting in an axle converter to allow it to fit the 135 frame. The problem I have with this though is that I don't know if the chain would line up properly.
-Bending in the frame of my bike to a smaller width so that the 120mm could fit the span. Yet again, I don't know if this would work because I don't know if it would throw off the alignment of the chain.
-Rather than building it myself, take it to the local bike shop and have them build it for me. The problem there, they would most likely charge an arm and a leg to build it.
-Final option is if someone has found a 135mm 26in or 700c wheel set that would fit in a 135mm frame so that I could just buy them like that and put the straight on with no worries.
Oh, and I would just use my current wheels modifying just the cassette and crank, but my back tire rim is bending and I am ready to just pitch the set and pick up a new one to have a fresh start.
Thanks for your help, I am looking forward to your answers!
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Old 09-21-11, 10:05 PM   #2
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a 135mm disc wheel will also work with an iso cog.
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Old 09-21-11, 10:24 PM   #3
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Just found this:
http://www.backwardcircle.com/product-p/bcmag002.htm
I have never seen those before.
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Old 09-21-11, 10:26 PM   #4
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surly makes 135mm rear hubs that come in fixed/free & fixed/fixed, disc & non-disc
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Old 09-21-11, 10:43 PM   #5
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any hub will work. just space it.
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