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Free-Fixed Wheel Conversioncrashjames
Jan 27, 2003 7:31 AM
Hey All --

I recently scored an old road bike on ebay which is set up as a fixed gear now. It came with tubulars, but I think I'd like to swap some clinchers I have laying around so I don't need to worry about fixing flats on tubulars. Plus they weigh a ton.

The rear clincher I have is a regular 9 speed shimano hub road wheel -- is it possible to rig this for fixed use? How?

Thanks much

James
surly fixerBudhaSlug
Jan 27, 2003 8:52 AM
Surly makes a product that replaces your shimano freehub with a fixed body threaded for a cog and lockring. Check it out at :

http://www.surlybikes.com/parts/converter.htm

From what I hear it works pretty well. Should be available through any LBS since surly sells through QBP.

Peace and Light,
Ben
Expensive fix for a cheap wheelspeedisgood
Jan 28, 2003 12:41 AM
At $70 a pop, those adapters are better for converting a NICE cassette wheel (ie., something carbon with an integrated hub). Check out getting a Suzue or Sovos hub and rebuilding the wheel. Or buy a premade wheel for fixed riding. A decent rear hub should cost around $25-35, a wheel should be around $70-90. Check Excel and Harris Cyclery.
Yeah... I don't really recommend the fixxer...BudhaSlug
Jan 28, 2003 6:38 AM
I think that in most cases its a far better idea to just build or rebuild a wheel around a fixed hub (go flip/flop while you're at it)... but he asked if there was a converter, so I gave him the converter. I've never actually used the fixer, and although I hear they work well, I'm not sure what happens with the dish on wheel, i.e. do you have to redish or does the fixxer still set you up with a dished wheel, either way I would much rather have a properly build dishless wheel for riding fixed (if it still has normal dish its weaker than a normal fixed dishless wheel and doesn't distribute force as evenly, and if it has to be redished then the spokes are all the wrong length for dishless and the drive side spokes have probably stretched more than the non-drive side spokes since they were formerly under higher stress than they would be at with no dish, while the opposite is true for the non-drive side).

Peace and Light,
Good wheelbuilding/converting,
Ben
Surly's Fixxer yields a zero dish wheel [nm]Lars46
Jan 28, 2003 9:58 AM