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130mm wheel in a 135mm frame

Old 12-23-13, 11:03 AM
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130mm wheel in a 135mm frame

I'm planning on putting a pair of road wheels in my aluminium hybrid frame.

The frame is 135mm between rear dropouts and the wheel is 130mm OLN.

There shouldn't be a problem in just fitting a new 145mm axle with 2.5mm spacers on either side should there? I know I will have to ensure the gear mechanism will cover the 8 gear cassette range.
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Old 12-23-13, 11:30 AM
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Yeah, it'll work fine. You can even get by using your existing axle.

If it was my bike I'd put a 5 mm spacer in the non-drive side and re-dish the wheel but I can be a little on the anal side for things like that.
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The proper way to do it is to install a 5 mm spacer under the non-drive side locknut, recenter the axle and redish the rim. Putting a spacer under the drive side changes the chainline. It may, as you said, not allow the rear derailleur to swing inboard far enough to get to the largest cog but that's not likely. BTW, redishing (actually undishing) the rim will result is less dish and a theoretically stronger wheel since the drive side and non-drive side spoke tensions will be more equal.

You should not have to change the axle. A 130 mm hub axle is 141 mm long and has 5.5 mm sticking out of each locknut. If you respace it to 135 mm, you reduce the amount protruding past each locknut to 3 mm but that is plenty to locate the hub in the dropouts.

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If this is a temporary swap, and you plan to use the wheel on a road bike again just put a 5mm spacer on the left side and run it as-is. If this is permanent then do the same but re-dish the wheel. Putting a 2.5mm spacer on each side is the "wrong" way to do it.

You should not need a new axle. You'll have slightly less protrusion but should still have a couple mm on each side which is all you need.
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