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Old 10-31-05, 11:46 AM   #1
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Can you help me identify this hub?

I found a pretty nice wheel at the back of my shed to replace my tacoed rear wheel. It's a 26" wheel of unknown origin (well, it's from the back of my shed) and it's got a nice Mavic rim and a disc hub. Trouble is, under full pedalling load at low speed, the hub has a suspicious squeal, so I suspect the bearings are pretty dry or even trashed.

Before deciding whether I should try to service the hub or rebuild a wheel, I'd like to know if the hub is worth servicing. I don't know what hub it is, and I can't recognize the marking it bears. Can you help me identify the hub, and perhaps tell me if it has cartridge bearings or cups and cones?

Here's a photo of the logo on the hub - sorry about the quality, this was shot in the shed, with a flashlight :

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I have no idea what brand that is, but you can tell if it's cup and cone by looking at it... If, on the left side, just inside the dropout, there's a locknut and the round body of the cone with the flattened part where the cone wrench goes, then... well, you've guessed by now what it is then.
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I have no idea what brand that is, but you can tell if it's cup and cone by looking at it... If, on the left side, just inside the dropout, there's a locknut and the round body of the cone with the flattened part where the cone wrench goes, then... well, you've guessed by now what it is then.
Well, whatever's on the left side is hidden by the little rubber gasket thingy, and I couldn't see much on the right side, since it's quite dark in there. The truth is, I need to pull the bike outside again to look properly, but that's a bit of a task given the mess in the shed, so I figured I'd ask here first. Lazy me

I'll check tomorrow. Thanks for the advice.
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Here's a better view of the logo:



I tried to service the hub today, and bad luck, they're cartridge bearings. They're pretty seized up too: it's rather hard to turn the axle by hand, and there are metal shavings behind the dust shield (uh oh). Anyway, I dropped some light oil in there to try to loosen them up a bit, to squeeze a few more miles out of the bearings, put the wheel back on the bike and *ouch* it screams like a banshee now! I could have the Airzound on all the time, it wouldn't be louder

I guess the bearings are toast...
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Bearings are easy. Just pop them out and take down to your LBS or skate shop and get new ones.
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Bearings are easy. Just pop them out and take down to your LBS or skate shop and get new ones.
Trouble is, they don't seem to want to come out. In fact, I'm wondering if the axle might be bent, as I can see the cassette wobble when the wheel turns. I'll play with it some more tomorrow. Thanks for your reply!
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