Fred E Fenders
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Again! Philippines & S. California
Bikes: Jamis Aurora Elite
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This was mentioned in another thread. You do not say what brand and quality level the hub, freehub and cassette are. I can tell you that in brand new bikes with low end components this is a very common thing. Most never notice it and it does not appear to have an adverse impact on shifting or life span. I know exactly what you are talking about having noticed it at the shop where I work part time.
Explanation: Lower end components have more lax tolerances. Put a low end freehub / hub with a low end cassett and you will see things like the cassette appearing to wobble (it actually is).
Most people never notice it and it should not impact your shifting.
If your components are say Shimano 105 I would not expect you to see that and would look at freehub and/or cassette wear. It would be unlikely that the skewer would cause it.
I saw a low end aluminum freehub last night where the steel in the cassette had eatin into the ridges. That can eventually lead to not being able to remove the cassette at all. Again, low end components.
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