Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Northfield, MN
Bikes: 1997, stumpjumper S-works hardtail, Medici, Giant allegre (track dropouts and fixed gear), Columbia twosome, schwinn twinn, '67 raleigh 5 speed internal hub, Old triumph 3 speed, old BSA 3-speed, schwinn Racer 2spd kickback, Broken raysport criteriu
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If you don't have cones then your hubs must be cartidge bearing hubs. I looked at rolf on the web and they seem to like using cartridge bearings. so that's probably what you have.
If cartridge bearing hubs feel loose (side to side) you have a bad cartridge (or 2). THese are generally not serviceable, but are relatively cheap to replace. You should probably replace both as long as you're in there. Last time I looked at these, they were around $4.00 per side ($8 per wheel). They may have gone up (as everything seems to), or have gone down due to their being more widely used, and readily available.
To remove cartridge bearings, remove the axle, then you can usually just slip the bent end of an allen wrench into the hole in the middle of the cartridge bearing and pull out. It may take some effort, as they dont' always come out as easily as they are meant to, but the idea is not complicated.
then just slide in the new ones, the new ones almost always go in easier than the old ones came out.
Last edited by orange leader; 08-27-07 at 12:42 PM.
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