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Old 04-30-07, 04:59 PM   #1
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Well I have been reading for a long time, now I have a question! :)

I got a set of Easton Circuits this weekend. I put on the cassette using all the correct spacers and everythign looked great. Once the wheel is on the bike (even on the stand) if I back pedal there is slack in the top of the chain. Its so bad the chain will slap the chainstay. The hubs and wheels are brand new out of the box. I took them for a ride and its pretty bad on the road. Also, at higher speeds the "clicking" doesnt sound "even".

Ive heard and read so many great reviews of these wheels im hoping this is a simple fix! By the way, the skewers are not tightened excessively and the "axles" are only in hand tight...

Any suggestions?

THANKS in advance!
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Old 04-30-07, 08:05 PM   #2
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If there is that much slack in your chain it sounds like you need to shorten it.

Check out the park tools website for an easy how-to.

For your QR's; they should just hold the wheel in the dropouts when perpendicular to the frame --[()]--
Do not put them in too loose or bad things could happen.
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You could try spraying a LITTLE of something like WD40 to see if that will "free up" your freehub. Since it's a new wheelset, however, I think that I'd just try riding it a mile or so. My bet is that'll fix it.
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Don't pedal backwards.
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Old 05-02-07, 07:03 PM   #5
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Well Retro grouch wins it! Seems like they are settling in as I put some miles on them! Oh and thanks to Al1943 I now have a new mantra....

NEVER PEDAL BACKWARDS...

Thanks for the help!
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