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Old 08-27-18, 05:40 PM
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Axle doesn't fit rear dropouts? (Photo)

Hi!

So I've got a 1981 Univega Specialissima that I got cold set to 130mm OLD. Today my wheels arrived. The front fits fine in the fork (in fact there's lots of clearance all around the axle, to the point of making me a bit nervous). But in the back, the Shimano 105 hub just bangs against the edge of the dropout and won't go in, even when I split pretty significant pressure. Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to strip off the previous owner's powder coat? (And how would I do that?)

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Old 08-27-18, 06:32 PM
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Does the non drive side fit? What model 105 hubs are they?
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Old 08-27-18, 06:42 PM
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You need to do some gentle work with a file, making sure you don't remove a bunch of metal from the top of the slot since the top of the slot rests on the axle and thus holds wheel alignment in line with the vertical plane.
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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
You need to do some gentle work with a file, making sure you don't remove a bunch of metal from the top of the slot since the top of the slot rests on the axle and thus holds wheel alignment in line with the vertical plane.
Agreed. Is it just thick powdercoating? If so you might not need to file off metal.
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Update:

I took a gentle nail file to the powdercoat and now it fits! Didn't even get all the way through to metal.

Relatedly: I can confirm that a 1981 Univega Specialissima/Miyata 1000 cold-set to 130mm will fit 650b Surly Knard 41mms (measured width closer to 39mm on Velocity Dyad rims) with plenty of clearance
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Glad to hear you fit the hub without any headache! Looks like a great build youíve got going on. And now, step closer eh?

Iím interested in that plumbing pipe repair stand. If you wouldnít mind, Iíd love to see a clear photo of it!
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Originally Posted by deux jambes View Post
Glad to hear you fit the hub without any headache! Looks like a great build youíve got going on. And now, step closer eh?

Iím interested in that plumbing pipe repair stand. If you wouldnít mind, Iíd love to see a clear photo of it!
Haha it's just this instructables assembly: https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY...-Repair-Stand/

Unfortunately I can't recommend it. Ended up being fairly pricey to assemble for minimal payoff. The clamp scratched the powder coat so now I just have the bike kind of lashed to the thing with rubber bands.

I'll take a clearer photo in a couple days once I have the bike down from there
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Haha it's just this instructables assembly: https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY...-Repair-Stand/

Unfortunately I can't recommend it. Ended up being fairly pricey to assemble for minimal payoff. The clamp scratched the powder coat so now I just have the bike kind of lashed to the thing with rubber bands.
Ah, so not really worth building! I appreciate your honesty about it.

I have a good stand, but was thinking itíd be helpful to have another for times when I need to get two bikes off of the ground. Going off of your report, Iíll hold out for a deal on something manufactured.

Btw, I hope you keep us updated on your project!
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Originally Posted by deux jambes View Post

Ah, so not really worth building! I appreciate your honesty about it.

I have a good stand, but was thinking itíd be helpful to have another for times when I need to get two bikes off of the ground. Going off of your report, Iíll hold out for a deal on something manufactured.

Btw, I hope you keep us updated on your project!
Will do! Right now all that's really left to get it running is to bang out the headset cups and press in the new ones (currently delayed in the post) and install the cockpit/cabling.

Currently deciding between my Nitto Noodle and a Soma Portola I picked up for the handlebars. I don't love the awkward brake angle/limited bag room on the Portola, but I'm worried the Noodle won't offer enough leverage for the very occasional singletrack along some of the routes I've got planned. Once my Sinewave beacon arrives I'll be all set for some truly off the grid gravel touring on this 37-year-old frame, even if the components list is a bit sacrilegious for vintage purists.
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