Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
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It spins fine in your hand, and the axle feels smooth by hand ?
Are they cup & cones with loose ball bearings, or sealed bearings in a cartridge ?
If loose balls, and you took apart the axle, then you possibly have the cones too tight. They may feel ok when off the bike, but the qr lever makes them tighter when installing. When adjusting the cones, the axle needs to have a bit of wiggle, that will go away when tightening the qr lever. I have loose dropouts that I use to tighten the qr onto to check.
Edit: FB mentions stacked washers. That serves the same purpose and allows you to feel the axle while under qr pressure.
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike