Bicycle Mechanics - Kind of annoying... Freehub noise
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The new wheel I recently bought makes 4 clicks louder than all the rest when coasting, and kind of transfers a really faint rumble to the bike. It's not getting worse, but as a perfectionist and a tinkerer, I'd like to know if it's something out of the ordinary. It's a cheap shimano hub if that helps, but it's made the noise since brand new.
12-08-06, 05:53 PM
Remove the lockring from the end. Then drip 80-95W tranny oil into the freehub. Quiets the pawls really well.
drip 80-95W tranny oil into the freehub.
Does it smell as bad as 90W gear oil?
probably worse, from what I know of both (I'm a much better auto mechanic than bike mech, but I'm working on that)
Gear oil may or may not help, or may only be a temporary fix. Some hubs have finer pitched ratcheting mechanisms than others, and the coarser ones tend to be louder.
I put a pair of MAVIC ES wheels on my wife's bike and I can't believe how loud they are (even lubed); fortunately she likes the sound.
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