Mountain Bike Reviews Forum banner
1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
540 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have the beginnings of a plan to build a new wheel for our TAB shifter and use a 9-speed hub/cassette. I didn't get a chance to look at it last night to see, but is there any issue with mounting a new rd?

Our kids don't shift because the grip shifter is so tight, even with new cable/housing and disassembling/lubing the shifter.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
540 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
They're already on 'real bikes' as you put it, but our youngest is 4 and all 3 of them like to ride trails with me.

I figure it's standard 130mm spacing and a 9-speed hub is 135mm but since the frame is steel I can just bend it open and it will fit fine.

I'm also considering an internal gear hub but want to keep total cost down, so who knows.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,036 Posts
SuperJETT said:
I have the beginnings of a plan to build a new wheel for our TAB shifter and use a 9-speed hub/cassette. I didn't get a chance to look at it last night to see, but is there any issue with mounting a new rd?

Our kids don't shift because the grip shifter is so tight, even with new cable/housing and disassembling/lubing the shifter.
Don't spend that kind of cash. I fixed my son's TAB for less than $5 by getting a cheap indexed thumb shifter.

My solution can be found in these threads.
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=550268
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=6061421#post6061421
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,128 Posts
SuperJETT said:
I figure it's standard 130mm spacing and a 9-speed hub is 135mm but since the frame is steel I can just bend it open and it will fit fine.

I'm also considering an internal gear hub but want to keep total cost down, so who knows.
Well, building up a special wheel will probably work, because you can certainly spread that frame a little, but I don't see how that keeps costs down. It sounds like you're into it, so do something up and show us all what you come out with.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
540 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
EBasil said:
Well, building up a special wheel will probably work, because you can certainly spread that frame a little, but I don't see how that keeps costs down. It sounds like you're into it, so do something up and show us all what you come out with.
A new igh would be a few hundred, I can put a new hub/cassette/spokes/rear der. in for probably $100 if I build the wheel myself.

I'm still just toying with the idea and will prob get a trigger shifter first to try as suggested above (and I've thought about, just never acted on).
 

·
At Work
Joined
·
1,819 Posts
I have some LX 8 speed shifters if you want to go 8 speed. Let me know. I got your addy. They freebies.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
540 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
After picking up the Kona Hula today, I'll probably grab another 7-speed trigger just like is on it to put on the TAB so they are consistent.
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top