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    Economical 130 mm Rear SS hubs?

    I have an old Schwinn frame (circa 1990) that I switched to a SS a couple years back and have been loving it! I'm not ready to make a huge investment into a new bike (just built a new geared HT) or outlandishly expensive components, but would like to tweak this one a little.

    I would like to tear down my rear wheel (with spaced up 8 sp. cassette body) and rebuild with an "economical" SS hub. My biggest problem is the spacing of the rear dropouts, ~130 mm. Most decent hubs that I find in the $80-100 range are 135 mm. My current hub is already that wide and I really don't like cranking my rear triangle open to make things fit.

    Anyone know off the top of their head of a 130 mm hub I should look at? I've been searching the net and reading posts on MTBR, but haven't found anything yet. I'm still a little green on the SS scene so any suggestions or websites would be appreciated! TIA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zanq
    I would like to tear down my rear wheel (with spaced up 8 sp. cassette body) and rebuild with an "economical" SS hub. My biggest problem is the spacing of the rear dropouts, ~130 mm. Most decent hubs that I find in the $80-100 range are 135 mm.
    I've spaced out a Surly hub from 120mm to both 126 and 130 without any problems. Chainline has been fine and the axle was plenty long enough.
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    ultra cheap

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    just take out a few washers from your old hub and it's a 130m.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weather
    just take out a few washers from your old hub and it's a 130m.
    This is a good option. And, although they aren't really economical (but compared to a King hub, they are downright cheap), the White Industries ENO hub is available in 130.

    It is also really easy to respace your rear triangle to 135mm - or even change it to 120 to use a cheap track/road type hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmike
    This is a good option. And, although they aren't really economical (but compared to a King hub, they are downright cheap), the White Industries ENO hub is available in 130.

    It is also really easy to respace your rear triangle to 135mm - or even change it to 120 to use a cheap track/road type hub.
    I have seen the ENO Eccentric, but not the straight ENO. I went to the White website and it on;y mentions the plain ENO in 135 mm. The ENO Ecc. comes in 130 mm (@ $160) but I guess I'm curious as how my brakes would line up using an eccentric hub. I will try adjusting the spacing on my current hub. I was focused on getting a whole new hub to clean up the appearance, but I'll give the spacing a try. Thanks!

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    respacing the frame

    OK if it's steel. Would not recommend cold-setting if alu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadiegonebad
    OK if it's steel. Would not recommend cold-setting if alu.
    How does one go about cold-setting a steel frame (which mine is) to 135 mm? I've never heard of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zanq
    I have seen the ENO Eccentric, but not the straight ENO. I went to the White website and it on;y mentions the plain ENO in 135 mm. The ENO Ecc. comes in 130 mm (@ $160) but I guess I'm curious as how my brakes would line up using an eccentric hub. I will try adjusting the spacing on my current hub. I was focused on getting a whole new hub to clean up the appearance, but I'll give the spacing a try. Thanks!
    I retract my previous statement about the standard ENO only being 135 mm. I poked around the site a little more to find the order page and it was there that they talk about the different spacing options. 130 mm is available for $150!

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    Brakes and ENO ecentric

    Quote Originally Posted by zanq
    I have seen the ENO Eccentric, but not the straight ENO. I went to the White website and it on;y mentions the plain ENO in 135 mm. The ENO Ecc. comes in 130 mm (@ $160) but I guess I'm curious as how my brakes would line up using an eccentric hub. I will try adjusting the spacing on my current hub. I was focused on getting a whole new hub to clean up the appearance, but I'll give the spacing a try. Thanks!
    The ENO will make you want to adjust your brake pads about 1mm or 2mm up.

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    Good job! How about $80.00..

    Sheldon Brown at <a href="http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/singlespeed.html#van"> Harris Cyclery </a> is selling some Van Dessell hub sets in 130mm for $79.99. Sounds like the ticket to me.

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    cold-set

    is just a high tech term for a very simple process. Spread the triangle, stick the wheel in, center it, a ride it around awhile. It will eventually "set" for the wider OLD. No need to ride in the cold. I've done it with an old Trek.

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    If you can stretch the budget, get Phils.

    If spending $100 is OK, you might want consider stretching that a few bucks and getting a Phil. I'm pretty sure they'd make you up a Kiss-Off shell with a 130 axle, or you could use their 130 mm fixed/free track hub, $181 low-flange, $187 high-flange. Then you could try off-road fixed, if you wanted to.

    Another option would be the hubs I'm using, 135mm high-flange Sansin sealed bearing tandem hubs. Arai drum brake threading is the same as freewheel threading, so you can turn them into a flip-flop. I changed the axle spacers around to make the hub symmetrical, and re-dished the wheel. Tandem freewheel hubs make great singlespeed hubs for bigger riders, as they are available in 40 and 48 hole. Plus, you can pick up a complete wheelset cheap on e-bay, since most tandem teams have gone to cassette hubs.

    I'm sure the CK fans will skewer me for this (sorry, I couldn't resist), but IMHO Phil hubs are as good as it gets, and well worth the $$. They ain't cheap, but they're a lifetime investment. Most of the original run of 50 that Phil, who was then an out-of-work machinist, made for Spence Wolf's legendary Cupertino Bike Shop are still on the road, 30 years later. I can;t think of a more reliable bicycle component that Phil hubs, except maybe Phil bottom brackets.

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    This is where I'd put my Goldtec track hubs money. Postage from the UK to the US is fast and cheap.

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