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Any 126mm new, free hubs produced anymore?

Old 01-23-11, 11:44 PM
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Any 126mm new, free hubs produced anymore?

Aside from some Shimano NOS, does anyone manufacture new, freehub rear axles with 126mm spacing? I know White Industries makes a single/fixed speed hub for 126mm, but what about those looking to keep their old steel frames with modern components?

(As an aside - I realize I could try to stretch the rear triangle, but I would prefer not to).
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you don't even have to spread the frame much to use 130mm hub inside a 126mm spaced frame.

and no, I haven't seen any. Just so you know, the non-DA old stuff and new stuff don't differ in weight much. Like 5g at most.
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Originally Posted by VT Biker
Aside from some Shimano NOS, does anyone manufacture new, freehub rear axles with 126mm spacing? I know White Industries makes a single/fixed speed hub for 126mm, but what about those looking to keep their old steel frames with modern components?

(As an aside - I realize I could try to stretch the rear triangle, but I would prefer not to).
It's steel, 126 to 130 is barely noticeable. Spread it and forget it.
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Squeezing a 130 hub into a 126 steel frame will not change it permanently. The frame is probably at 128 or so already.
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Originally Posted by VT Biker
(As an aside - I realize I could try to stretch the rear triangle, but I would prefer not to).
You prefer not to because???....you are still hoping that Campy 12 will be issued only in 126? You want to keep your Schwinn World Sport "stock"? Have some 650B rims for that?

- btw - White can configure just about anything needed if you want. I would place odds on the Shimano H3 being available in a 126 configuration.
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FWIW I got a very nice NOS dura-ace rear hub, 32H, at a reasonable price off Ebay, in 126mm.


That said, I would not fear stretching your rear triangle. I am sticking with 126mm since my vintage drivetrain still works so well. But if I wanted to go 10 speed/130mm I would not hesitate to stretch it out.
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Most normal cup and cone hubs can be re-spaced for a 126mm frame. Still, there's really no need. 2 mm on either side is nothing.
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Originally Posted by grolby
Most normal cup and cone hubs can be re-spaced for a 126mm frame. Still, there's really no need. 2 mm on either side is nothing.
true - modern Ultegras can remove a spacer on both ends and come up with the correct spacing. I forgot about that.
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Hey guys,

thanks for all of the information. My hesitancy at stretching the frame is just that it is quite old (1978 Fuji America), and manipulating the tubing seems less preferable to just getting a 126mm hub.

Question: Do modern Shimano Tiagra or 105 hubs also have the ability to remove the rear spacer?
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Originally Posted by jeebusaurousrex
It's steel, 126 to 130 is barely noticeable. Spread it and forget it.
Any concern about doing that on an aluminum frame?
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Originally Posted by JourneyLightly
Any concern about doing that on an aluminum frame?
I manually spread my old Cannondale to 130. No big deal. You can't "cold set" aluminum to 130 permanently.
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Originally Posted by JourneyLightly
Any concern about doing that on an aluminum frame?
Way back when I first started road cycling, I was using a 135mm hub (unknowingly) on a 130mm aluminum Trek. It worked fine. Think of how long the seat and chainstays are vs. how much you are spreading the spacing. 2mm on either side is not a huge amount.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001
true - modern Ultegras can remove a spacer on both ends and come up with the correct spacing. I forgot about that.
You might have an issue with axle length and the quick release skewer though... Nothing a grinder or hacksaw can't fix, but still, something to think about before willy nilly removing spacers from axles.
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff
You might have an issue with axle length and the quick release skewer though... Nothing a grinder or hacksaw can't fix, but still, something to think about before willy nilly removing spacers from axles.
Indeed. Then again it must be that darwinian side of me coming out again....
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff
You might have an issue with axle length and the quick release skewer though... Nothing a grinder or hacksaw can't fix, but still, something to think about before willy nilly removing spacers from axles.
Great point and something I will keep in mind.

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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff
You might have an issue with axle length and the quick release skewer though... Nothing a grinder or hacksaw can't fix, but still, something to think about before willy nilly removing spacers from axles.
Sounds like a hassle just to avoid spreading the rear less than 4mm to fit the 130 hub. On top of that the clearance between small cog/chain and dropout could become a problem.
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff
You might have an issue with axle length and the quick release skewer though... Nothing a grinder or hacksaw can't fix, but still, something to think about before willy nilly removing spacers from axles.
This is a potential issue - more the axle than the QR. It depends upon the quality of the frame. If it's any good, it'll have forged dropouts, and OUGHT to have enough room to spare for this to be non-issue. Stamped is another story.
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Originally Posted by mmmdonuts
Sounds like a hassle just to avoid spreading the rear less than 4mm to fit the 130 hub. On top of that the clearance between small cog/chain and dropout could become a problem.
On my (shimano) hubs the spacer is on the non-drive side. You would simply redish the wheel. But yea... a lot of trouble to go through just to avoid spreading the dropouts a little.
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BTW, C&V has an entire 50+ page thread devoted to older frames with modern drivetrains (mine is somewhere in there). Nearly all of them are probably 126 to 130mm conversions, whether by spreading or permanent cold setting.

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...STI-s-or-Ergos

According to Sheldon & others it's generally a bad idea to spread the stays on aluminum frames. Then again people have done it without issue, so it's possible.
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