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Old 01-17-23, 11:13 AM
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i got gifted a new steamroller 53 frame so i took my 56 Steamroller apart and put the parts back together on the 53.... but but but the cog wheel from 56 is way too wide for the 53 ??? ...... whenever i tighten the axel the wheel seems to be binding because of how narrow the dropouts are spaced ............ Surly says it's my wheel but the wheel worked great on the 56 ..... i'm still contemplating but any observations or suggestions or CRITICISMS will be accepted
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What is the OLD (over locknut distance) of the wheel ? The Surly Steamroller dropouts are normally spaced at 120mm, so maybe your 56cm dropouts were spread apart to accommodate a wider wheel ? Either that or the dropout spacing on the 53cm frame is off somehow.
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What is the OLD (over locknut distance) of the wheel ? The Surly Steamroller dropouts are normally spaced at 120mm, so maybe your 56cm dropouts were spread apart to accommodate a wider wheel ? Either that or the dropout spacing on the 53cm frame is off somehow.
the drop out spacing on the 53 seems to narrower... this was an unanticipated FU and when i called SURLY i got put on hold and forgotten ...if the spacing has changed shouldn't Surly publicize that fact ??? and if I want to ride the 53 i guess i need to build or buy a new narrower wheel
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Measure the dropout spacing on the 53cm frame. It should be 120mm. If it is substantially less, say less than 119mm, then it is either a manufacturing defect or the frame somehow got damaged and the dropouts were pushed together. Since it is a steel frame, you can safely cold set it back the correct spacing by spreading the dropouts apart.
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Too many nebulous details here to give a good answer. The OP needs to measure the spacing on the dropouts to verify spacing. TT is correct as usual, it is pretty simple to cold set the rear triangle. Care needs to be taken and if it is spread significantly it may require adjusting the fork ends to make them parallel. Not a big issue in most cases, but necessary in some. I feel that is best done by a knowledgeable bike tech or someone who is trustworthy and has done it before.

Edit: Here's info from Sheldon Brown's wonderful site. Note the issue of what he calls "parallelism" which is way down the page.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html
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Thx for input.................... i got a new wheel because the dropout spacing on the old 55 Roller is wider than on the 53
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Willing to bet the 56 frame was cold set to 126mm…
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finally put the new wheel together ............ all in all i aint much better than i was before but the bike looks cooler
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i got gifted a new steamroller 53 frame so i took my 56 Steamroller apart and put the parts back together on the 53....
What are you going to do with the 56"
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What are you going to do with the 56"
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got any suggestions >>> i got the back wheel and fork and frame
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well i hope you treat it better than i did but it is indestructible and paintable and extremely urban rideable >>>>>>>>>> and thx for the donation
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So, I got this frame & fork and stuff a while ago. Going to strip it and repaint in gray.

I have a black disc fork from Handsome cycles a!d a black disc front hub. A pair of black 650b 36 hole rims, and a SRAM automatix 2 speed coaster brake rear hub. Going to put some 650b Bruce Gordon rock and road tires on them. I have a Surly stainless steel 49t chain ring looking for a 130 bcd crank and a threadless headset and a 25.4 stem.

Should be a fun ride.
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Got started and I need to sand this first coat and spray again, Krylon John Deere yellow




I went with the SR crank and some unknown 49t chainring. SR laprade seat post with a Brooks Cambium C19 and an unknown clamp. Nice riser bars and short stem. Not sure i like the cross bar on the handlebars but?!?

I got a nice Deore front hub and some double butted spokes from a LBS, Need to get a good headset and a disc rotor for the front, I brought the hydraulic front brake from a build I took apart in Cambodia. I have some Vans Cult grips also.

I have a silver set of Surly decals coming.
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