Every so often someone will mention re-spacing a 145mm Tandem wheel for a 135mm MTB frame. Great, I did that. No, I mean I really did it. I've followed this place for years and never...actually...saw anyone report results on a follow-through.
What I'm specifically talking about is the HF08 to 7-speed freehub conversion, to reduce rim offset (dish) by taking space from the drive side. I bought a 48-spoker with the HF08 and immediately replaced the freehub body with a 7-speed part. BTW, 7-speed freehub bodies don't actually fit modern 8-speed hubs, due to a missing chamferred edge. Since nobody ever reported back, I didn't know this. I had to cut a clearance groove in the hub to make it work.
So, I got everything together, went for a ride and blew out the freehub. I mean, I chipped the pawls. This was obviously an inferior part, because my "light" bike has a 7-speed freehub and I haven't blown it yet.
Now I'm looking for an old-school mechanic to tell me how to find the "right", that is, the higher-quality, 7-speed freehub bodies. Any advice?
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