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9-speed spacing(5 posts)

9-speed spacingjimmac
Nov 11, 2003 11:01 AM
No laughing! I have a Trek 2300 (carbon main tubes, aluminum rear triangle) that has a 6-speed rear cluster. The rear dropout spacing is about 123mm and I want to upgrade to a 9-speed and believe a DuraAce hub requires 130mm spacing. Do I have to take my frame to a builder to get it bent out? What do I need to be aware of if this is the route I have to go?
re: 9-speed spacingTimA
Nov 11, 2003 11:15 AM
You can't spread aluminum safely. Sheldonbrown.com has an article on the issue if you want to explore further. In short, steel can be spread, but with aluminum you need a new frame.
You can't spread the frame, but.......MR_GRUMPY
Nov 11, 2003 11:40 AM
you CAN jam a 130mm hub in there. The wheel will never be easy to get in or out, but it will work. You'll need three hands to put in in. The hub MAY have a shorter life-span, because the drop-outs won't be parallel.
Not just the hub...Rusty Coggs
Nov 11, 2003 1:38 PM
The stays and dropoouts may also have a shorter lifespan. Not something I would recommend to someone else.
What you can do:Alexx
Nov 11, 2003 3:17 PM
You can use a 126mm hub, and put 8 cogs of a 9-speed cassette on it. That's the best you can do...