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    old wheel - track?

    I'm going to buy a very little used 4-spoke tubular wheel with a thread hub and a quick release. I think it's an 80īs or 90īs time trial wheel, and it's made in Russia. The quick release lever says Gipiemme, don't really know more about it at this point.

    Will I be able to make this into a track wheel?

    I don't know a lot about track hubs. I can get this wheel cheap and I know someone who could have use for a track wheel. There's no way to put a freewheel on it that takes 10 speed on this wheel, am I wrong?

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    You're going to have to tell us more or at least include a picture. If it is a standard TT road wheel from the mid-later 80's or anything from the 90's, it will have a cassette hub and there would be no practical way to convert it into a track wheel.

    Often, the hubs on composite wheels can be swapped out. If this is the case, you might be able to find a track hub to replace the current hub.

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    Ok. Sorry, I don't have a picture yet.

    It's surely not a cassette hub, it only has a thread on the driveside.

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    maybe a Surly Fixxer will work.

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    It sounds like it has freewheel threading on the drive side. That means that you can put a cog on it (sans lockring of course, but you don't really need one of those).

    However you are probably going to have to respace the hub and replace the axle.

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    Exactly, a freewheel threading! ok, great, so I can fit a track cog there... I'll just have to find a right kind of an axle. thanks!

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    If you need to fake a lockring (some tracks demand them) you'll find a bottom bracket lockring is the right size.

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    ah... but if it's quick-release... I've had horrible experience with a quick-release wheel (track cog, no lock-ring).. so far as losing tension; this was street use though, not sure how it applies for you.. just my $0.02

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    If it's quick release, then you're going to have to replace the skewer with a locking type, anyway.
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