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Can't get rear wheel centered
« on: April 28, 2016, 04:16:54 PM »
I bought a used Salsa Spearfish frame off ebay over the winter. It's in really good shape and I've been riding it as the weather allows. But it has one little issue. I'm riding with 2.2 tires right now and they fit and don't rub the rear part of the frame or anything but the wheel does sit to the non-drive side a little bit. The wheel is dished correctly as I've put it in another frame and the wheel is centered. I also put another wheel in my Spearfish frame and it also sits closer to the non-drive side.


 I'd like to possibly run a little bit wider tire but if I can't get it to sit in the center then it's going to rub the frame. The bit of research I did told me that perhaps something is possibly askew in the rear triangle. Another bit of research said that sometimes certain frames are manufactured this way (for what reason I don't know).


 But here's the question. Can I use a spacer (washer or something) before the hub locknut to help space things correctly and get the wheel on center? I'm just not sure if that would put too much stress on the rear triangle and pieces involved. It's really only a couple mm off but that would be enough to allow me a centered wheel and a little bigger tire. Anybody ever run into such a thing??   

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Re: Can't get rear wheel centered
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2016, 02:52:05 PM »
I would get the rear triangle alignment checked first.  I have never heard of a rear triangle not aligned on purpose.
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Re: Can't get rear wheel centered
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2016, 05:43:09 PM »
I bought a used Salsa Spearfish frame off ebay over the winter. It's in really good shape and I've been riding it as the weather allows. But it has one little issue. I'm riding with 2.2 tires right now and they fit and don't rub the rear part of the frame or anything but the wheel does sit to the non-drive side a little bit. The wheel is dished correctly as I've put it in another frame and the wheel is centered. I also put another wheel in my Spearfish frame and it also sits closer to the non-drive side.


 I'd like to possibly run a little bit wider tire but if I can't get it to sit in the center then it's going to rub the frame. The bit of research I did told me that perhaps something is possibly askew in the rear triangle. Another bit of research said that sometimes certain frames are manufactured this way (for what reason I don't know).


 But here's the question. Can I use a spacer (washer or something) before the hub locknut to help space things correctly and get the wheel on center? I'm just not sure if that would put too much stress on the rear triangle and pieces involved. It's really only a couple mm off but that would be enough to allow me a centered wheel and a little bigger tire. Anybody ever run into such a thing??   

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Re: Can't get rear wheel centered
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2016, 10:56:44 PM »
This may be a stupid question, but do you know if the rim on your rear wheel is properly dished, i.e. centered over the hub?  If you do not own a dishing tool (doesn't everyone?), your LBS could check it in about 10 seconds, but the usually the tire has to be off the rim.
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Re: Can't get rear wheel centered
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2016, 12:01:46 AM »
Not a stupid question which was my first thought but I did write in the initial post that the wheel is dished correctly. I've checked this several ways,... with a makeshift dishing tool I have, also by putting a different rear wheel on (still sits towards non-drive side), and lastly throwing that rear wheel on a different frame (ends be being perfectly centered).


I'll take it over to ICS and see if they can figure out what's what. Thanks.

 

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