February 23, 2024
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Ron Richings

Cassette on the front wheel is, I assume, done on the same theory as on the Surley Pugsley. Makes both wheels interchangeable (fork spacing and wheel size is the same front and rear). Has a couple of advantages — if for example your cassette died during a ride, you just switch the front and rear wheels and carry on.

Likewise, you can have both wide-range and narrow-range cassettes and swap them just by changing wheels.

May be other possibilities, but that is all that comes to mind at the moment.

Whether either of these is of any value to you is another question entirely.

Oh, and probably is a good conversation starter, if you need that.



Ron pretty much nailed it. In the snow, cassettes frequently become packed with ice picked up from the chain or thrown back onto it from the front wheel or even your own feet as they trudge through the snow and kick it up. Also, the oil in the freehub body can thicken up and lock the pawls making the hub “freewheel” both directions (a.k.a “USELESS!”)

Also, in order to fit those huge, wide tires on, the fork HAS to be too wide for a traditional 100mm hub, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t exactly see piles of 135mm hubs laying around that AREN’T made as a drive wheel (freewheel threaded, fixie lock-threaded or freehub splined hubs)


Oh yeah, and I remember hearing stories about how BMX bikes without good handlebar grips were posing a threat by goring people in the stomach. You’ve got to wonder what would happen if you endo’d that bullhorn bike just so… *heebie Jeebies*


I’ve seen an image of an x-ray where a kid crashed him BMX, and the bar plug ended up in his, um, exit. Barspin + crash = bad.

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