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    Nashbar X Aluminum hub spacing... argh.

    So, got the frame about a week ago...Just put the bottom bracket on, getting ready to go, and then I think to myself, "Hmmm, maybe I should measure the rear spacing, just to make sure it's 135mm". After THREE conversations with Nashbar, and being assured that it is 135, the damn thing turns out to be 130! What. The. F.

    I put the Nexus hubbed wheel on it that I plan to use, and the fit is almost okay, just a touch snug, but then swapping in an honest 135mm mountain wheel, I have to legit spread the stays a touch. Should I send the damn thing back, or just say screw it and spread the stays? This is so aggravating. I'm pretty pissed, but what would you do?

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    So, they've got some left in 135, and I will have it on Wednesday!

    Note for all of you dealing with Nashbar customer service: The people in 'customer service' were uniformly unhelpful, and unwilling to even attempt to find out if they had the 135mm size. Thankfully, I had also emailed 'customer support'. It was Luke, in customer support, who was phenomenal, and in a matter of an hour, located the frame with the correct spacing and smoothed everything over. Why customer service couldn't be bothered I don't understand, but happy days, I'll have the proper frame now.

    Oh, and that idiot yesterday who told me to just spread the stays should be fired.

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    Scary to spread the stays on an aluminum frame. People on here have done it without incident though...

    I can't understand why they changed that frame to 130mm spacing. Mine is a few years old now, and it's 135. Bummer they found you one, I was going to offer you mine at only a $50 markup.
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    And that why I Prefer Steel

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    A very small advantage for steel. Ti is better anyway.

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    Still have not gotten to the bottom of this saga. The second frame was also 130mm. Apparently they do have the 135... but it's taking FOREVER. Will update soon.

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    Like I said, I have one... yours for only $599
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoreCowbell82
    Still have not gotten to the bottom of this saga. The second frame was also 130mm. Apparently they do have the 135... but it's taking FOREVER. Will update soon.
    Good grief! If you`d have known how much trouble it was going to be, you could have just ordered a Crosscheck or DoubleCross frame to begin with.

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    Seriously... And I have the fork from the Swobo Crosby all ready for it too...

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    Still sitting in the basement... with some of the snazzy parts waiting to be slapped on...


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    Now you're getting the idea why I stopped doing business with Nashbar; it ended with the credit-card hacking, but the steady lack of suitable parts, biggest ads on smallest inventory quantities -- they just canceled themselves out of my sources list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoreCowbell82
    Oh, and that idiot yesterday who told me to just spread the stays should be fired.
    I'm not advising anyone else do what I did, but I put a 135 hub in my 130 X frame and I have well over 1,000 miles on my bike with no issues so far. Now the rear wheel just slides in and out with no problem when I have to take it off and replace it to change the rear tire. Ideally, you should try to get a 135 if they have one, but there might not be a problem with squeezing the rear hub in.
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    While he COULD stretch the stays and probably get away with it, there`s no excuse for the run around. He checked ahead of time to be sure he would get 130 spacing, so that`s what he should get without having to fudge anything. If he were ordering a bicycle or bike parts from a sporting goods shop or a flower shop (ya never know), it might be understandable for the staff to not understand the spacing issue. But a retailer who specializes in bicycles? Not acceptable.

    So says me, anyway

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    So, after much ado(and general frustration with Nashbar - though a number of their employees are wonderful and truly want to help - Nashbar just hasn't given them the infrastructure to do so) I've decided to ditch my plan to run a Nexus hub on the frame, and instead just purchased SRAM Apex front and rear derailleurs, and will run them with SRAM S700 flat bar shifters - should be super cool anyway, and a bit more versatile.

    I really wanted to try it with the internally geared hub, but that will just be reserved for the Kona Cruiser summer project.

    Also, I ordered the fork from the Swobo Crosby for this thing, and will sand it down to bare carbon, and then slap it on... should look awesome, and will give me the ability to upgrade to discs later on!

    Will keep you guys posted on how things go...

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    Where did you end up w/ this? I'm close to putting one together myself. Just waiting for parts in the mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoreCowbell82
    Still sitting in the basement... with some of the snazzy parts waiting to be slapped on...

    So what's your progress on this bike? I'm thinking of using the same frame in a build.

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    Wookee, how did your build go?

    Sorry for the delay - ended up moving back to NYC, so took a break from the bike project.

    Anyhow... back to building it - now that it's going to get used for a 'real' commute, it's also going to be subject to more scrutiny from thieves, so I'm considering a new group to build it with. Thinking of going cheapo 8 speed, with Shimano Altus rear derailleur, Shimano Acera shifters, etc(see attached image). My only question... will this work given that the frame is 130mm?

    Thoughts on that 8 speed drivetrain working with 130mm spacing? I just rode a Fuji Absolute 3.0 with basically the same group... but maybe it had 135mm spacing... not sure. Thoughts on this?

    If not, I may just spread those stays, and slap the Nexus hub in there.

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    Alright, going to forget all that noise... Just going to spread the damn stays, stick the Nexus hub in there, and hope the frame doesn't break. Will have complete photos next week... stay tuned.

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    There ya go- if it works, it works. If it snaps, you`ll have a perfect excuse to get yourself a DoubleCross and move all your parts over

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