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XT 8sp mtb hubs for 700c road wheels?(4 posts)

XT 8sp mtb hubs for 700c road wheels?sbachop
Dec 5, 2002 1:22 PM
I've got a set of 4 year old XT 8sp (parallax?) mtb hubs and want to know if anyone has ever built these up as 700c road wheels? Would the XT mtb hubs be about the same width as similar vintage DA 8sp. hubs? I need some inexpensive road wheels would like to use these vs. having them just sit in a parts box. Thanks in advance for any comments.
Got mb hubs and 700c rims on my AtlantisSilverback
Dec 5, 2002 1:38 PM
That's what Rivendell sells for the Atlantis--Deore XT rear hub and Bontrager Fairlady rims. No issues at all.
As for the width, the hubs are probably 135mm, and I think 8-sp road spacing was 130 (not sure; I don't have anything in eight-speed). If so, it's not a problem to spread the dropouts and slip them in.
re: XT 8sp mtb hubs for 700c road wheels?Gravity Well
Dec 5, 2002 2:02 PM
I have been using a set for three years, they work great. They even have a 5mm spacer you can remove from the non-drive side. Just remove the rubber boot, and you should see the spacer. You can cut 5mm of the axle off or if your drop-outs are wide enough, just center the axle. Just make sure your quick release is still clamping down on the frame drop-outs and not bottoming out on the axle.
Another option to considerB2
Dec 6, 2002 7:10 AM
It may be cheaper to just buy a MA3/105 wheelset from Jenson for $99 (read "inexpensive road wheels"). By the time you buy spokes & rims your pretty much going to be there anyway.

Then again, it might be more interesting building the wheels yourself if you were so inclined.