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Old 05-26-21, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by sparksguy View Post
I got an old Maillard hubs that has a 5 speed freewheel, would it be a bad idea if I add spacers on the drive side so that I can used it with a 8 speed freewheel?
Like JohnDThompson already mentioned, if you do this, the respaced axle will be weaker and prone to bending or breaking.

Also, if this wheel is going back into the original frame, there might be clearance issues with the chain. The chain in the new highest gear position might rub on the inside edge of the seat stay or chain stay. I have seen this first hand.

Another thing to consider, is your Maillard freewheel and hub, French threaded. If it is, this entire exercise is pointless, since there won't be any 8 speed freewheel in French thread.
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