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Old 09-18-11, 03:59 PM   #1
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Rear tire rubbing seat stay

This is a brand new bike and I noticed the rear tire is rubbing the non drive side seat stay when under load. I flipped the wheel and it's still very close to the same seat stay. I then tried two other wheels with the same result.

Is this something that is normally corrected by re-seating the wheel? When you put a wheel in the drop outs is it supposed to be aligned or do you align it as needed and then tighten the quick release?

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brand new bike - this is really something to take up with the shop you got it from, they can investigate, and fix / replace any defective parts.
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If three wheels are all rubbing the same place, that either something is in the dropout keeping the wheel from seating properly, or the frame has a serious, unacceptable alignment problem. As Jim said, since it's new let the seller deal with it.

If you want to do a quick confirmation first, pull off the rear wheel and check the dropout for an obstruction, and if it looks fine, mount the wheel with the bike on the floor to ensure it seats fully up on both sides. If it isn't right, you don't want this bike.
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Thanks for the replies.
I would like to know the answer to this question though:
When you put a wheel in the drop outs all the way in is it supposed to be aligned or do you align it as needed and then tighten the quick release?
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Thanks for the replies.
I would like to know the answer to this question though:
When you put a wheel in the drop outs all the way in is it supposed to be aligned or do you align it as needed and then tighten the quick release?
If the bike has vertical dropout, yes, you should be able to just get it fully seated in the dropouts and no alignment should be necessary. I would look for something that is preventing it from seating properly. Like catching on the derailler hanger maybe?

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Older bikes with horizontal dropouts, especially lower quality ones with openings a bit too big often needed a little fiddling to get them lined up, but I would not expect the problem on a new bike.
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