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Old 04-01-03, 08:36 AM   #1
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another wheel question

Hi everybody-

I'm trying to assemble a commuter bike on the cheap and need some help with the rear wheel. The frame is a newer cross bike frame with 135mm of spacing (i think) but my older wheel is not as wide. Dunno exactly how wide... has a 6 speed cassette on it. Any possible way to safely lengthen the axle to make it fit? If i do have to buy a new wider wheel, is there any way to use my old six speed stuff with the newer hubs? Thanks!
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Many replacement axles are available; a company called Wheels Manufacturing makes axles of all lengths with both 10mm x 1 (Shimano and others ) and 10mm x 26tpi (Campagnolo) threading. If you have a longer axle installed and keep your six-speed shifting system this will mean that the dish (offset between sides) has to be changed. This will give you close to a "dishless" and thus stronger rear wheel.
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