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130mm /135mm spacing & Sealed hubs(4 posts)

130mm /135mm spacing & Sealed hubsjrm
Jul 23, 2003 6:37 AM
Currently im using a 130mm spaced hub in a 135mm spaced frame. Will this shorten the life of the hub?

Also, my current ultegra/OP rear wheel is about done after 2.5 years of use. The ultegra hubs bearing race is fired. Im seriously considering having a Hugi/Op wheel or wheelset built up and was wondering if the increased cost of a double sealed bearing hub is worth the $$$$.

Thanks...
My solution...Chicago_Steve
Jul 23, 2003 9:30 AM
Hey jrm,

Steve-O from the CX board and MTBr (had to change my name over here as there is another Steve-O).

I have the same issue with 135mm spacing and put a note up on the Wheelbuilding forum.

http://forums13.consumerreview.com/crforum?14@@.efbc9f7

Apparently Wheels Manufacturing makes a thread-on spacer that takes a 130mm hub and spaces it properly for 135mm. You might want to look into that.

The other option is to cold set your frame for 130mm (assuming this is your Kelly CX bike?). I've been told that technically after you bend in the stays the dropouts should be realigned. Maybe the slight offset in your current setup shortened the life of the hubs?

My fix was to score a set of 2002 closeout XTR hubs from Excelsports.com and then order some spokes and Velocity rims from Mike Garcia at Oddsandendos.com. Total outlay was under $250 and, once I finish building the wheels, they should be pretty bulletproof.
i was thinking ofjrm
Jul 23, 2003 10:16 AM
lacing a set of new 32H LX hubs i have to some 32H OP's and using them for road and CX duty. or buying a new road set.
Sounds good!Chicago_Steve
Jul 23, 2003 11:23 AM
LX hubs should work fine for most road applications. I have several sets of wheels that I trade between for my bike.

- Deore hubs laced 3x to 32H Mavic MA3 - Straight gauge spokes. These wheels are standard order out of QBP and can be picked up pretty cheaply if you know a friendly shop.

- Sun Ringle hubs laced 3x to 28H Velocity Aerohead (front) and 32H Velocity Deep-V (rear) - Great wheels and very light. The Deep-V rim has lasted 3k miles with no issues. Just broke a pawl on the Ringle hub and I need to open up the freehub to see what the damage is. This is the second set of rims for these hubs.

Current Project
XTR hubs laced 3x to 32H Velocity Fusion rims - These are a semi V rim so I should get some of the strength and stiffness of the Deep-V without all the weight. Spokes will be Wheelsmith XL14's (similar to DT Revolutions) all around with the exception of drive side rear hub which will be Wheelsmith DB14's (14/15 double butted). Couple all of this with alloy nipples and this wheelset should be pretty bombproof as well as lightweight.

If you can't tell by my description above I love building up wheels for this bike!