My freewheel hub (correct term?) failed.
- Last week it wouldn't freewheel - I had to use some force and penetrating oil to free it up so the cassette would not turn with the rotation of the wheel when I wasn't pedaling. I did this without disassembling the wheel. Fixed - or at least it worked fine for several rides.
- This week it started freewheeling forward (? - the driven cassette was not causing the wheel to turn). Later, with the wheel off the bike, it seemed to start working, but that's irrelevant - I can't trust it.
- After I removed the cassette, the hub felt "notchy" at one point in a rotation
- My LBS and the biggest BS in the area said I needed a new hub based on my words when I brought the wheel in to them.
- The wheel is an Alex 280 (it came on a 2007 GT Carbon Series 2 bike). The wheel has about 4000 miles on it. FWIW, I've trued the wheel twice on rides - the wheel runs quite true, it's quite round, although I did have to tension several spokes very tight to get it true (that was a couple thousand miles ago).
Naturally this raises questions for me.
- Should I fix this wheel or pay lots of money for a new wheel set?
- If I fix it, does replacing the hub automatically mean I am replacing the bearings? Or do I need to make sure the BS does that?
- Is this something I should have the BS fix? I will probably sell these wheels soon (I am now running my original wheels on my 2007 Roubaix). It seems that hubs are much more varied than I had imagined and I suspect the tools might be unique to the hub.
Thanks, as always for your reactions.