[CR] Re: Hi-E re-spacing questions

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Subject: [CR] Re: Hi-E re-spacing questions
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 07:09:20 -0700
Thread-Topic: [CR] Re: Hi-E re-spacing questions
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From: "Mark Bulgier" <Mark@bulgier.net>
To: "George Allen" <jgallen@lexairinc.com>, <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>

George Allen wrote:
> I have a Hi-E wheelset. The rear hub is currently spaced at
> 120 mm. I'd love to change the spacing to 126.
> I have a full machine shop so I
> could machine my own axle. However, I can't figure out how to
> get the darn thing apart as it appears to be a sealed unit.

If your hub is the same as the ones I have worked on, the real axle is a thin wall 1/2" diameter tube, Cr-Mo steel. The aluminum parts you see, that interface with the frame dropouts, are caps which are pressed onto this steel axle. You just need a longer cap. They are an interference fit but I don't think the force needed to pull them off is exceptional. I think I held the cap in a collet on a Bridgeport mill and held the hub body in a vise and used the mill's knee action to pull it off - probably overkill but if you have a Bridgeport just sitting there, it's quick and easy.

If I recall correctly, the overlap between the cap and steel tube is enough that you can add a 6 mm spacer without needing to remanufacture the whole cap. Don't count on my feeble memory on that, and yours may be different.

Mark Bulgier
Seattle WA USA