Hub sizing



etnerual

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I was looking online for a flip flop hub and noticed that there are typically options for a 120mm, 126mm, and 130mm. I know that the 120mm is the standard track hub. I was wondering if the 126/130mm hubs are physcially bigger than the 120mm or are they the same size but with longer axles and spacers? If the former can I assume that the chainline will be further out by 3 and 5mm respectively? TIA

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alfeng

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etnerual said:
I was looking online for a flip flop hub and noticed that there are typically options for a 120mm, 126mm, and 130mm. I know that the 120mm is the standard track hub. I was wondering if the 126/130mm hubs are physcially bigger than the 120mm or are they the same size but with longer axles and spacers? If the former can I assume that the chainline will be further out by 3 and 5mm respectively?
AFAIK (which could be incorrect), the flanges on SURLY's hubs are indeed set further apart on the hubs which have a wider "spacing" ...

Consquently, if you're building a Single Speed MTB (for example), then you would probably want a SURLY-or-comparable hub whose flange spacing is indeed wider.

If you have a frame with 126mm spacing, then it is probably steel, and you can simply respace the rear triangle to 120mm.

You CAN add spacers/washers (between the cone & nut) to a 120mm hub to use it in a 126mm spaced frame, of course ... and, of course, to the FRONT hub (if you buy a hubset with a 120mm rear hub).
 

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