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Old bike compatible with 9spd wheels?(2 posts)

Old bike compatible with 9spd wheels?opencl
Oct 1, 2002 4:56 PM
Is the spacing between the chain stays different for a bike with 6spd wheels vs. a modern 9spd bike?
Yes..Dave Hickey
Oct 1, 2002 5:11 PM
Older bikes are either 120mm or 126mm while the newer 9 speed are 130mm. If you have a steel frame it's possible to spread the rear dropouts to fit. If it's an aluminum frame, you're pretty much out of luck. The one exception is a Vitus aluminum frame. I've spread an older one to fit 9 speed without problems.