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Old 05-28-11, 08:43 PM
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Wheel centered to frame?

Should a wheel be centered to the frame when seated properly in the dropouts?



This is the rear wheel on my caad9. I've not touched the wheel since I bought the bike new but noted this is a bit off center(2mm). The wheel spins true but looks to need some tweaking to the dish. Should I adjust the wheel a few centimeters over to center it on the frame? Hadn't noticed this before but I'm working to install a rear fender and this is not going so well with this being off center.

Appreciate any input.

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Old 05-28-11, 08:59 PM
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Verify the wheel is seated properly in the rear dropouts by releasing and doing up the QR.
Then make sure the wheel is dished.

If you still have the same problem, the frame may be out. Check that.
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One of the C-dales I own has this problem. In fact, the owner had purchased it used and got so upset over the problem that he gave it to me. I have no idea how a production frame gets built this way, but it happens.
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Check the dish of the wheel and if the dish is fine then it has to be the frame. You can check the dish with a gage or simply set the wheel on to blocks of equal height and measure the distance on each side as you flip the wheel.
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install the wheel with the cassette on the left side of the bike, if the tire is now closer to the frame on the other side the problem is the wheel dish. If it is still close on the same side as before, the frame is the issue
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I found my wheel to be about 2mm off center in my truing stand and got it trued up. Looks better but will accept the fact those grooves on my frame may be off. I haven't had the bike but a year and haven't hammered it in any way that woulda messed up the frame far as I recall.

Thanks for the replies - appreciate it.

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