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synkronized23 said:
How is a SS Hub different from a normal hub? Can I use an SS Hub to run geared? Specifically, I'm looking at a Surly Disc Hub. Any information will be helpful. Thanks.
The Surly Disc hub is standard English threaded 1.37" x 24 tpi for a single-speed freewheel. It cannot accommodate a cassette. You can get a solid axle bolt-on version or a quick-release version. Check out the FAQ for more detail about SS hubs.
 

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if you are looking to hedge your bets (in the event you don't like the single speed deal) then just go with a std 9spd hub and run a conversion kit.

bottom line. geared hubs can be used for both, single speed hubs will always be single.
 

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Ditto

The freehub body on a single speed is narrow, which allows for a nice wide base between the flanges, but leaves no room for a cassette. (Just one gear and a few spacers for chain line adjustment.)

The freehub body on a regular wheel is wide enough for a cassette, and if you chosse to run only one gear on it, you will need to fill up the empty space with some kind of spacers, PVC, or what ever.
 
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