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126mm wheel spacingtorelli
Mar 12, 2003 8:52 PM
I just got this great steel Torelli cross bike with 126mm
spacing. Is there any new cross-appropriate drivetrain/shifter
combo available? How about an sti setup? Or should I start combing the used bins? Thanks in advance.
re: 126mm wheel spacingNater
Mar 13, 2003 7:04 AM
I think you can find some 7 speed hubs/cassettes/Sora STI that will work with your 126mm spacing. is a great source for that stuff. My suggestion, since the frame is STEEL and especially if you are buying new drivetrain stuff, is to spread the frame set to accomodate the new 130mm spaced 8 and 9 speed stuff. It's only 4mm and a 130mm wheel will probably fit with some muscling. A Surly Cross-Check frame is actually spaced at 132.5mm so it will fit either road (130mm) or mountain hubs (135mm). Check out the article by Sheldon Brown about frame spreading at the following link ( I think you'll be OK with "modern" drivetrain components.
Mar 13, 2003 1:25 PM
You can easily use a 130mm hub on your bike since it's steel. Unless you want a retro bike for some reason, go with new components.
Mar 13, 2003 7:22 PM
Thanks for the advice...great links. I agree, new is the
way to go, I just didn't know if spreading would work.
re: 126mm spacing & CF frame?dcdre
Mar 25, 2003 10:32 AM
I'm in a similar boat, only with a carbon fiber frame. I picked up an old specialized epic allez, CF frame with Al lugs. I know I won't be able to spread the frame permanently, but will the frame survive if I just muscle them apart for a 130mm spaced hub to fit in there? I'm contemplating upgrading the componentry to something more recent...