I built up a NOS late 90s steel frame with a similar era Campagnolo Chorus 9 speed groupset. Has gone well, except the stays/dropouts don't seem to quite like a 9 speed cassette. The second smallest cog (14T) rubs a tiny bit and the smallest cog (13T) rubs a lot, so as to be unusable. I've set my limitscrew to keep me off the smallest cog and have done lots of km that way, but I'd really like to use the smallest cog and am trying to work out how. I tried swapping the hub spacers, but on this particular hub, that would have moved the dish way too far to the side. So basically I'm trying to figure out the cleanest hack (bonus if it's cheap as well) to get the full cassette usable on this frame.

I've attached a picture for clarity.

some nice chain-seatstay rub

Oh also, OLN of the hub (a fulcrum racing 7) is 130 and it fits without trouble, but given the age, it's possible it was originally a 126, though I think the paint job is original so perhaps not (I took off the paint around the dropouts, when I, er, discovered this problem).

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    I suspect you're simply asking the frame to do something it isn't designed to do. But you might be able to fix it by inserting a spacer on the axle. May need a slightly longer axle, though, and you'd need to re-dish the wheel. Jun 19, 2013 at 10:15
  • If your cassette had a smaller smallest cog, would you use it? e.g. ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-track-bike/… has an 11 tooth option.
    – armb
    Jun 19, 2013 at 10:40
  • @armb yeah, though there are two points there (1) I'd like to keep my biggest the same size, and (2)I don't know if that would be enough. Is the diameter reduced enough to keep it clear? I tend to thing daniel-r-hicks spacer type solution is the only way to go. Actually the spacer was sorta my thought before posting, but wondering if it would work, or if there's a better idea...
    – alsothings
    Jun 19, 2013 at 12:18
  • @DanielRHicks do you think a 1mm washer would be enough? when (as mentioned in the Q) I swapped hub spacers it was either shift the dish about 10mm or nothing, and that would have basically put the rim over the non-drive side of the hub...
    – alsothings
    Jun 19, 2013 at 12:20
  • @DanielRHicks considering a slightly more committal/expensive solution, is this something that some hubs/wheelsets might be better at dealing with than others? If so, where might I be able to work out a good replacement?
    – alsothings
    Jun 19, 2013 at 12:22

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Add a spacer and re-dish. Or move some spacers from the non drive side over the the drive side (if they exist) if you don't want to open up the frame (that will require opening up the hub likely). 1mm is not a big deal. You will also have to fiddle with the limits on your derailleur and adjust shifting accordingly.

Or get a different cogset with something smaller like 11. There are lots of options for cogsets... unless you are being really perticular about the groupo. I don't know Campy stuff that well but on Shimano the smallest cog is always seperate. You could simply swap that... the jumb might reduce shifting performance but you'll get more function than you currently have.

Last option (maybe should be first) is simply to move the wheel up or down if it has dropouts that accomodate that. You'd have to adjust brake pads if you did that but that would be the simplest.

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