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    rear hub spacing

    I have an old 10 speed schwinn road bike with a rear hub spacing of 126mm (5 sprockets in the rear) and I want to put a 7 speed freewheel on it. I have already spread my frame to 135mm. Can I put a new axel and cones and some spacers on the old hub to make it fit?
    Also, is it possible to get an 8 speed freewheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by calikid2006 View Post
    I have an old 10 speed schwinn road bike with a rear hub spacing of 126mm (5 sprockets in the rear) and I want to put a 7 speed freewheel on it. I have already spread my frame to 135mm. Can I put a new axel and cones and some spacers on the old hub to make it fit?
    Also, is it possible to get an 8 speed freewheel?
    Are you asking whether you can retain the old rear wheel, replace the axle so it will fit in the 135mm spacing? Yes, this can work if you find compatible axle and cones. Easier might be to buy a new rear wheel, or parts to build a new one with the 135mm spacing already.

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    You spread that frame WAY more than necessary. Are you sure that the frame started at 126mm? That is the correct size for six and seven speed freewheel hubs and cassette hubs made before the early 90's. 135mm is the modern MTB standard. A 5-speed freewheel should indicate 120mm rear spacing.

    As for 8-speed freewheels, they do exist, but they're a bad idea, particularly on a touring bike. They have a well-deserved reputation for breaking axles under all but the lightest riders. Avoid like the plague, unless you install them on a hub with an extra thick axle (like Phil Wood).

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