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Old 02-25-23, 10:26 AM
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Wheel axle protrudes out of dropouts

Hey guys, I've recently bought some new wheels for my retro mod Peugeot road bike, I've been riding without problems on the old ones with 8 speed cassette, but wanted to buy some better wheels with sealed bearings, I got the Vision Team 35 Comp SL ones, but the problem is that the axle of the rear wheel protrudes of out my dropouts, and I can't clamp the wheel with the QR. I already bought some old steel Shimano QR with enclosed cam, that doesn't helped. Guy from the LBS told me that just put some washer between QR and frame. some guys on internet said to just file down the axle a bit. Is there any other way to do it? My Peugeot have stamped thin dropouts and probably that's the problem. It's cold setted to 130mm thought. Front wheel doesn't have that problem it's sits just right in the fork. Second problem is also that cassette looks like it's too close to the dropout, it's really tight space there. Could it be due to the maybe bented dropouts or frame misalignment?


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File it down. All the axle has to do is index with the dropout for easy insertion and alignment. The QR does all the rest. So the filed down dropout will work just fine on any other bike with a normal thickness dropout. I'd file until the axle was flush with the outside of the dropout but nothing here is sacred other than the QR needs to close completely. (Keep those metal filings away from the dustcap, cone and bearings!)

Adding that washer (I'd put it inside the locknut so I didn't have to mess with it when inserted the wheel) will also work just fine but it will make inserting the wheel harder unless it is now a loose fit inside the dropouts.

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Either is fine. I'd just put a washer between the drop out and locknut for a quick fix. If you drop the wheel often, you might want to put it between the hub and the two nuts.

Measure the hubs OLD. You might find that someone left a spacer out if that is a used hub of unknown prior maintenance. While you are at it measure the axle length. Then you'll know more about why you are seeing this issue.

Or just cut the axle or file it down. A belt sander make quick work of it. But don't file or sand it in the bike.

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If you add the washer to space the locknut out farther, increasing the OLD, you'll also alleviate the issue of your smallest cog being too close to the stays. You'll get chain rub there. It's just what happens when you try to add a very modern cassette to a bike that was probably supposed to have a 6 or 5 speed freewheel, which would usually leave at least 5-10mm of space between the smallest cog and the stays.
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Check the quick release ends as I've seen some where the serrated ring is raised a bit from the center of the nut and clamp and may work with that axle.
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Shorten the axle no big deal
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It's a bit surprising to see an "axle too long" problem when the hubs have screwed-on end caps (not the classic kind of hub with a threaded axle that's easy to build shorter), with forged dropouts on the bike. Maybe the Peugeot has thinner-than-typical dropouts?

At any rate, I don't foresee any problems from filing the end caps a bit.
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If you don’t file the ends of the axle…and decide to go with using washers instead…you could cut a slot out of the washer and glue it in place so that you don’t have to worry about keeping the washer on that small amount of exposed axle.

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott
It's a bit surprising to see an "axle too long" problem when the hubs have screwed-on end caps (not the classic kind of hub with a threaded axle that's easy to build shorter), with forged dropouts on the bike. Maybe the Peugeot has thinner-than-typical dropouts?

At any rate, I don't foresee any problems from filing the end caps a bit.
I just found out that's not the axle and just some end caps, I checked the width of the whole hub with end caps, and width of dropouts on the outside, it was 3mm of the difference, so I file the end caps by 1,5mm and I think that's gonna work.
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