Convert a road wheel to MTB spacing- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation: oldskoolboarder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    371

    Convert a road wheel to MTB spacing

    Forgive the newbieness, I tried looking at the SS FAQ and Sheldon's site but couldn't find an answer.

    I've never worked on wheels before but thought I'd give it a shot. I have a rear wheel w/ a shimano freehub that I want to convert for use on a frame spaced for 135 mm.

    1) Is this as simple as changing the axle to a longer one, assuming I center it correctly?
    2) Any sites that explain how to change the axle?

  2. #2
    Nouveau Retrogrouch SuperModerator
    Reputation: shiggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1998
    Posts
    48,236
    If it is a Shimano hub it is pretty easy. New axle and a 5mm spacer for the left side. Check the how-to section of the Park Tool site. You will need to redish the wheel, too.
    mtbtires.com
    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

  3. #3
    Just Ride!
    Reputation: Pigtire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    806

    Here you go...

    It's a Shimano 105 hub w/ a MA3 rim spaced to fit a 135 project 28er mtb frame. I just went to the bike shop and bought a longer axle and a 5mm spacer. Installing the axle and the spacer is a breeze but you need to take some time to redish your wheel so it will be centered over the hub. Still it was an easy & fun project.


  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Raymo853's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    743
    I had to do this for my cross bike. I just put a ~ 2.5 spacer on each side and then did not re-dish the wheel. I choose that route since I have had bad luck trying to re-dish wheels in the past. But remember I am pretty incompetent in re-dish and truing wheels.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation: oldskoolboarder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    371
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymo853
    I had to do this for my cross bike. I just put a ~ 2.5 spacer on each side and then did not re-dish the wheel. I choose that route since I have had bad luck trying to re-dish wheels in the past. But remember I am pretty incompetent in re-dish and truing wheels.
    Interesting. How did that work out? What's the disadvantage of NOT redishing and doing what you did? I would suppose that it makes more of a "ghetto" freewheel since you have to use a cog w/ spacers, which is OK w/ me for now. That seems like less work for me and I can leave the wheel alone. When funds and time allow, I can track down a dedicated wheelset.

  6. #6
    Nouveau Retrogrouch SuperModerator
    Reputation: shiggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1998
    Posts
    48,236
    Quote Originally Posted by oldskoolboarder
    Interesting. How did that work out? What's the disadvantage of NOT redishing and doing what you did? I would suppose that it makes more of a "ghetto" freewheel since you have to use a cog w/ spacers, which is OK w/ me for now. That seems like less work for me and I can leave the wheel alone. When funds and time allow, I can track down a dedicated wheelset.
    Should work fine for a singlespeed. On a gearie it could screw up the chainline.
    mtbtires.com
    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation: oldskoolboarder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    371
    Thanks for the input all. Just picked up some 2.5mm spacers.

Similar Threads

  1. Welcome, here's your 29er FAQ thread!
    By ncj01 in forum 29er Bikes
    Replies: 147
    Last Post: 06-20-2012, 01:56 PM
  2. blast from the past, cut/paste from archived MTB DOC posts
    By ashwinearl in forum XC Racing and Training
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 02-09-2005, 09:47 AM
  3. Passion Hit - Roadie Style! (LONG)
    By parkmeister in forum Riding Passion
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 06-09-2004, 03:11 PM
  4. Training-what time logged on a MTB is equivalent to time on a road bike?
    By dawgcatching in forum XC Racing and Training
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 04-28-2004, 09:23 AM
  5. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-05-2004, 12:37 PM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2019 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.