rear gears

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by cavalierchristian, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. cavalierchristian

    cavalierchristian New Member

    Is it possible to interchange the whole rear wheel on a bike with no gears for a bike that has gears? Huffy cranbrook to be exact, and if so, what rear wheel and gears will work on it?

  2. MotoMagz

    MotoMagz Member

    You will have to check the spacing between the rear dropouts to see what will fit.You could get a internal gear hub like a sturmey archer.Or you could probly fit a 5 speed freewheel in there and add a derailluer and derailluer hanger.
  3. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    To replace your rear coaster brake wheel with a multicog wheel, you will need: Rear wheel with six speed freewheel, axle mounted derailleur, rear BMX caliper brake with lever and cable, shift lever and a longer chain. It may be cheaper to buy an old mountain bike from a yard sale and get the parts you need from it. If all the parts come from one bike, you know they will work together.
    Sturmey Archer, Shimano and SRAM make internally geared rear wheels (similar to the old three speeds, but with up to nine speeds now). They are very cool, but cost four or five times as much as a derailleur gear setup. You can get the internally geared hubs with coaster brakes, drum brakes and sometimes disk brakes.
  4. MotoMagz

    MotoMagz Member

    Coasterbrake spacing which you have now is 110mm.5 speed spacing is 120mm and 6 speed spacing is 126mm.If you get a derailluer hanger which mounts on the axle you will have more choices for a derailluer.
  5. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Motomagz is right about the 5 speed cluster being better suited to replace a coaster brake, but the six speed cluster is easier to find on older mountain bikes. If your cruiser has a steel frame, it is not too difficult to spread the dropouts a bit.