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Old 10-30-13, 05:04 PM
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need help on where to purchase a 121 square taper JIS axle

Hey everyone. Doing a 1970's Italian touring frame build up. I can't seem to find a 121mm JIS spindle/axle, square taper anywhere. I have a perfectly good loose bearing BB that is the correct 70mm but the axle is 115mm double and to go to a triple I need a 121 according to SB website. The crank is a Shimano Exage LX 500 or same as the later 105 cranks. Can someone steer me in the right direction, PLEASE.
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Old 10-30-13, 05:33 PM
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I'd suggest putting this up also in the bike mechanics section, as there will be a number of knowledgeable mechanic or store guys with experience who may have an answer more quickly than here. Good luck.
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Old 10-31-13, 05:27 AM
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Bike co-ops often have a bin of used spindles lying around...
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Old 10-31-13, 11:35 AM
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Consider also posting in the "Classics and Vintage" forums here. They've always been very helpful.
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Whats wrong with a mm shorter , say 120? or 2 mm 119, and a washer under the fixed Cup?
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I'd double check Sheldon Brown's recommendations by making some easy measurements. It does not cost anything, and easy to do.

Using your existing BB spindle install the new drive side crank arm. Measure your chainline from the center of the seat tube to the center of the middle chainring. Using calipers to measure the seat tube, divide the measurement in half and add it to the distance from the center chainring to the outside edge of the seat tube. This is an easy and accurate way of measuring chainline. If you are using road shifters and front derailleur, you will likely want a chainline close to 45 -46 mm. If the chainline with your present BB is shorter than that, add the distance needed to find the correct BB length.

example: Chainline with present bottom bracket spindle and new triple crank= 42mm.

46 mm (desired CL) - 42 mm (measured CL) = 4 mm , 4mm x 2= 8mm, 115mm + 8mm= 123mm. A 122.5 mm would work well in this case.

This exercise also works well when going from road cranks to Mtn bike cranks which require a shorter BB axle.

You can get a new Italian threaded, sealed bearing BB, for 70 mm BB shell from Universal Cycles for $13. I'd be a little leary of using a new spindle in BB cups made by a different manufacturer, even if you could find one.

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...2&category=347

Good luck!
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Can you use a different spindle length? I recently built up a new bike from a frame and decided that I would intentionally have the chainline off by about 5mm because I did not want my Q factor to differ too much from my other bikes. Thus, my spindle is about 10mm shorter than it would be if I had a perfect chainline.
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Shimano BB-UN55 square taper bottom bracket 70x122mm
http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...e-taper-70x122
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Whats wrong with a mm shorter , say 120? or 2 mm 119, and a washer under the fixed Cup?
From what I read in the mechanics forum, it depends on the bottom bracket. Shimano bottom brackets can have a lip on the non-drive side cup that prevents it from going further into the frame. Of course, there are non-drive side cups you can buy (can't remember but I think it was from Problem Solvers or Wheels Manufacturing and some by Shimano). There are also Stronglight bottom brackets that don't have the lip on the non-drive side cup.

The reason why I'm mentioning the non-drive side cup is because people have said with the BB-UN55, if someone uses a spacer they say they can't get the other side tight enough (my understanding from what I read in the BB-UN55 thread).
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Thanks everyone! As luck would have it I ran across a 118mm axle and it put the chainline within 1mm. Go figure. I guess you should always check and measure yourself instead of relying on SB specs. No disrespect to SB. The info on his site is invaluable. Again Thanks to all who took the time to respond. Joe
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different crank arms have a different relative fit,

+ there is the stretching/ compression of the aluminum.

in older parts..
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