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Wheel fitting width

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by stevenb, 2 Feb 2008.

  1. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Hi all,

    Can someone confirm/explain what shops/manufactuers mean when they advise fitting width on wheels:

    I want a pair of these now:
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=21550

    It says fitting width 100-130mm. Do they mean the distance between the dropouts on each side of the frame?
    I think this is the case but I'm not sure.
    I think my bike is 130mm between the dropouts. The tape measure (rough guestiamte without removing wheel) showed it to be about that....certainly not 100mm.

    Cheers in advance.

    Steve
     
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    100mm is for the front wheel which is the industry standard. All nine and ten speed bikes are 130mm across the rear dropouts.
     
  3. OP
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    stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Ahhh...I thought so.
    Cheers for clearing that up.
    :biggrin:
     
  4. john59

    john59 Guru

    Location:
    Wirral

    Not necessarily true, most mountain bikes and touring bikes have spacing of 135mm on the rear.

    Have look here, http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_sp-ss.html#spacing

    John:smile:
     
  5. OP
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    stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    useful link that is.....cheers.:biggrin:
     
  6. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member