Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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A very slight tendency to do what you describe is normal but a strong backward rotation tendency is not. However, any three year old freehub has got to benefit from a clean and lube
My 35,000+ mile Dura Ace hub does what you describe in a cold garage but the rearward rotation is very subtle. I clean and lube (Tri-Flow) once a year durning the bikes annual overhaul.