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  1. #1
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    90mm front hubs?


    I'm looking to build a front wheel for a bike that has 90mm dropout spacing in the front fork (it's an older Schwinn). The existing hub has seen better days and besides, I thought it'd be fun to work with something a little more modern (I don't care for the old front hubs that don't have locknuts).

    However, after a bit of searching, it's not looking like anyone is making front hubs in this size. I see Sturmey Archer has a drum brake hub and someone on ebay has some old Wald hubs ... anyone know of any other options for 90mm front hubs?


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    Tough one. I don't know if that was ever standard. Schwinn manufactured enough volume to do whatever they felt like. They had some weird rim/tire sizes too.

    Couple approaches.

    You could cold set the fork to take 100 mm. Sheldon Brown had good articles on that sort of thing.

    You could look for a hub with really thick jam nuts and substitute something thinner.

    You could look for a sealed bearing front hub with dust caps and omit them.

    Anything involving leaving out a part may run n you into trouble with the length of the axle.

    Also browse the vintage/retro/classic forum and see what other people have done.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Thanks for the reply!

    Sorry, I hadn't noticed there was a vintage bike forum!

    And thank you for the suggestions ... I'm a bit hesitant to cold-set the fork, but that would certainly multiply my options by a ton.

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    If you don't want to try ,a shop might do it for you.

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