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Hub axle protrusion supposed to be equal?

Old 05-17-13, 04:44 AM
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Hub axle protrusion supposed to be equal?

Is there supposed to be the same amount of axle protrusion beyond the locknuts on each end of the wheel axle?

I was working on the rear wheel of some old bike with a solid axle (the nutted style, not a quick release) and noticed that one side of the axle had about 3/16" more protrusion. I shifted all the cones and locknuts down until the amount of bare axle at each end was about the same.

Now I'm just wondering whether I was supposed to actually do that.
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Old 05-17-13, 04:52 AM
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It generally doesn't matter as long as you've got enough length on both sides for everything that goes on the axle (nuts, washers, some kind of rack or mudguard mount, stunt pegs, kickstand, whatever) but I'd imagine some mechanics prefer to have it equal as a matter of pride in their work.
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Turtle Speed, The axle protrusion maybe unequal on bikes with a claw type rear derailleur hanger, which effectively widens the RHS dropout. If you can still install the nuts with a couple of axle threads showing on the drive side and the wheel is centered, you should be okay.

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Old 05-17-13, 12:23 PM
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Thank you both very much for your excellent explanations!
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Old 05-17-13, 12:43 PM
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Also with a solid axle the bearings should be adjusted with a little drag indicating preload.
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