Originally Posted by byoh20
My front Ultegra Hub has begun to click, I can hear the bearings clicking against one another. It has over 10,000 miles and 5 years on it. Is it shot? If so, is it safe?
Is it time for just a new hub or a complete wheel set. I am at the mercy of the local bike shop for major repairs.
At a minimum, it needs to be broken down and greased (as it sounds like the grease is long gone). You might luck out and just need grease. The only way to really assess the hub is to open it up and see what's going on. A good shop can replace the bearing race cups and cones (i.e. rebuild the hub). That hub should have loose balls and they should be replaced as a matter of course. If your spokes and rim are in good shape, you should try to get the hub serviced first.
Here's a labor quote from a Boston area LBS:
Repack Front Hub $18.00
Replacing Internal Hub Races add $10.00
So, if you add the cost of the hub races, new cones, and new balls, that should be the worst case you are looking at. I'd guess those parts would be <$30. So, add labor to that and there you are.
Ask for an estimate and see if it makes sense.