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Old 12-31-22, 02:12 PM
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Good place to source axle spacers?

I need 0.5mm axle hub spacers for standard front hub axle, 10mm. I found Wheels Manufacturing, but they want 26 bucks for 10 spacers 😬Ö 26 for 10 washers? Anyone know of a good place to source these for a reasonable price?
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Originally Posted by boneshaker78 View Post
I need 0.5mm axle hub spacers for standard front hub axle, 10mm. I found Wheels Manufacturing, but they want 26 bucks for 10 spacers 😬Ö 26 for 10 washers? Anyone know of a good place to source these for a reasonable price?
When did "standard front hub axle, 10mm" become standard?

If you're talking 1.0mm total, why bother?
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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
When did "standard front hub axle, 10mm" become standard?

If you're talking 1.0mm total, why bother?
What is considered standard to you? Personal preference I suppose, Iím picky about millimeters.
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Wrecked wheels.

I would agree that the most common front axle is 10mm threaded. Some front hubs don't even have axles, but those that do tend to be that configuration.
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Turns out they are actually selling 20 of the spacers for 26 on the Wheels Manufacturing website which is better than I saw elsewhere. I may consider it, but I only need two… they would be useful to have around. Seem to be difficult to find otherwise, which I’m surprised by. I guess they consider them to be shim washers with a 10mm ID. I’ve found them other places, but you have to buy 100 or more and they aren’t cheap for what they are.
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I hate using ebay, but they had them from china M10 x 16 x 0.5mm... 20 for $6.50. That’s what I was looking for… now the long wait for the speedpak 😁
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Originally Posted by boneshaker78 View Post
Turns out they are actually selling 20 of the spacers for 26 on the Wheels Manufacturing website which is better than I saw elsewhere. I may consider it, but I only need twoÖ they would be useful to have around. Seem to be difficult to find otherwise, which Iím surprised by. I guess they consider them to be shim washers with a 10mm ID. Iíve found them other places, but you have to buy 100 or more and they arenít cheap for what they are.
I take it you are unable to read my posts.
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Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
I take it you are unable to read my posts.
I didnít understand what wrecked wheels was alluding to, I assume that was a site to check out after rereading. My badÖ Iíll have to check them out. Thanks for the help 🤦🏻‍♂️
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Originally Posted by boneshaker78 View Post
I didnít understand what wrecked wheels was alluding to, I assume that was a site to check out after rereading. My badÖ Iíll have to check them out. Thanks for the help 🤦🏻‍♂️
I see nothing from quick search online.🤷🏻‍♂️
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Originally Posted by boneshaker78 View Post
I see nothing from quick search online.🤷🏻‍♂️
I was suggesting you find some trashed wheels or just hubs and extract the washers you need from them.
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Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
I was suggesting you find some trashed wheels or just hubs and extract the washers you need from them.
Oh, okay. Not a bad idea but I rarely see that size washer myself. There is a community bike shop about 15 miles away, Iím in Buffalo, weather isnít the best and I have no car. I can live with spending 6.50 and being patient. At least I understand now, I have brain damage and I have a hard time with communicating sometimes. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
Wrecked wheels.

I would agree that the most common front axle is 10mm threaded. Some front hubs don't even have axles, but those that do tend to be that configuration.
OK, please educate me.

I'll agree that 10mm x 1mm of some length is the most common rear axle, at least for QR axles. But when did 10mm become the most common size for front axles? I'm pretty sure that every front hub I have uses a 9mm x 1mm x 108mm front axle. And many of those are current production hubs or wheelsets.

FWIW: ,most of mine are road QR hubs/wheelsets (with a few older MTB hubs in the mix as well) if that makes any difference.

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Originally Posted by Hondo6 View Post
OK, please educate me.

I'll agree that 10mm x 1mm of some length is the most common rear axle, at least for QR axles. But when did 10mm become the most common size for front axles? I'm pretty sure that every front hub I have uses a 9mm x 1mm x 108mm front axle. And many of those are current production hubs or wheelsets.

FWIW: ,most of mine are road QR hubs/wheelsets (with a few older MTB hubs in the mix as well) if that makes any difference.
No, you're right and the OP and I are wrong. Regardless of the design of the hub, fork dropouts will not accept anything larger than 9mm. I got front and rear confused, and I imagine the OP did as well.
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Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
No, you're right and the OP and I are wrong. Regardless of the design of the hub, fork dropouts will not accept anything larger than 9mm. I got front and rear confused, and I imagine the OP did as well.
Thanks. Was hoping you'd say something like that - otherwise I'd be wondering how I'd missed a change that fundamental and/or worried that I was "losing it".

I knew Shimano (and possibly others) made a few front hubs that had axles threaded 10mm x 1mm and used 10mm spacers (on example: the HB-M564 - though it's axle ends appear to "neck down" to 9mm to fit into standard front dropouts). But I didn't remember the industry in general going in that direction..

FWIW: the Shimano HB-M564 appears to use 0.5mm washers and very narrow locknuts (3mm thick), both in 10mm ID (and presumably x 1mm pitch for the locknut). But finding them can be problematic, as the only sources for the locknuts I've found is overseas with crazy high shipping. It's actually cheaper to buy a used hub if you can find one.

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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
If you're talking 1.0mm total, why bother?
This ^^.
How is this any different than if the fork was 1.0mm too tight, except that you'd just spread the fork legs and insert the wheel?
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This ^^.
How is this any different than if the fork was 1.0mm too tight, except that you'd just spread the fork legs and insert the wheel?
In either case I would find the lack of fit annoying. Quick release wheels (before lawyer tabs), allowed one to insert a wheel with one hand and no adjustment to the QR.

So I would probably insert a washer or spacer to address the problem. I just would get them locally for cheap.
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Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
In either case I would find the lack of fit annoying. Quick release wheels (before lawyer tabs), allowed one to insert a wheel with one hand and no adjustment to the QR.
It *is* annoying, I will concede.
Personally, since all my bikes have the "lawyer lips" (except maybe the Motobecane), I'd just take up the slack with the QR, which is less annoying (to me) than having rust-prone extra bits on my bike.
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
It *is* annoying, I will concede.
Personally, since all my bikes have the "lawyer lips" (except maybe the Motobecane), I'd just take up the slack with the QR, which is less annoying (to me) than having rust-prone extra bits on my bike.
Are chromed or aluminum spacers "rust-prone"?
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Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
Are chromed or aluminum spacers "rust-prone"?
No, but the sources mentioned above (posts 6 and 12) are not likely to be either. I'd certainly check a hardware store; I've found stainless steel fasteners at my local Ace. Your idea of harvesting them from trashed wheels is good, though in my (admittedly limited) experience I've never seen 0.5mm thick washers on a bike wheel.
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Originally Posted by Hondo6 View Post
Thanks. Was hoping you'd say something like that - otherwise I'd be wondering how I'd missed a change that fundamental and/or worried that I was "losing it".

I knew Shimano (and possibly others) made a few front hubs that had axles threaded 10mm x 1mm and used 10mm spacers (on example: the HB-M564 - though it's axle ends appear to "neck down" to 9mm to fit into standard front dropouts). But I didn't remember the industry in general going in that direction..

FWIW: the Shimano HB-M564 appears to use 0.5mm washers and very narrow locknuts (3mm thick), both in 10mm ID (and presumably x 1mm pitch for the locknut). But finding them can be problematic, as the only sources for the locknuts I've found is overseas with crazy high shipping. It's actually cheaper to buy a used hub if you can find one.
Shimano disc brake front hubs, at least the models I am familiar with have M10 axles that are stepped down to 9mm at the ends. The cones and locknuts are 10mm though so 10mm spacers are appropriate.
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No, you're right and the OP and I are wrong. Regardless of the design of the hub, fork dropouts will not accept anything larger than 9mm.
I guess everyone with 3/8" axles is out of luck then.
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Originally Posted by boneshaker78 View Post
I hate using ebay, but they had them from china M10 x 16 x 0.5mm... 20 for $6.50. Thatís what I was looking forÖ now the long wait for the speedpak 😁
https://www.mcmaster.com/spacers/for...m/length~5-mm/
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
Shimano disc brake front hubs, at least the models I am familiar with have M10 axles that are stepped down to 9mm at the ends. The cones and locknuts are 10mm though so 10mm spacers are appropriate.
Thanks. I don't own any disc brake bikes (or disc brake hubs), so I wasn't aware of that.
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Originally Posted by boneshaker78 View Post
I need 0.5mm axle hub spacers for standard front hub axle, 10mm. I found Wheels Manufacturing, but they want 26 bucks for 10 spacers 😬… 26 for 10 washers? Anyone know of a good place to source these for a reasonable price?
Did you like . . . give up on the first page of each Google search you did because you have no patience and expect instant service....

...or did you actually go thru 8-10 pages to find the little guys that don't pay the Google page promotion bribe?

Because spacers from 1.0mm to 16mm can be had for .15 each.

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