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Old 02-24-05, 11:14 AM   #1
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hub overhaul question

hi folks,

Last night I took apart/repacked my front hub, first time after a few years of riding. It all went smoothly, a little too smoothly maybe. My book (Zinn art of mtn bike maint) made it sound like the final adjustment would be a tedious process. I put everything back together again, and it sounded, well, like it sounded before. I tweaked it a couple times, no change that I could notice. Put it back on my bike each time, the wheel spun fine. Rode it to work this morning, no problems. The only difference I could notice is that the front brakes squeal like never before.

So the question: how do you tell when the final adjustment is right? The book really wasn't clear, except when it sounds/spins right.

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It's a subjective/feel thing. If you can feel any indexing at all as it spins it is too tight.
Ideally you want a minute amount of play after your final adjustment to compensate for the preloading exerted by the frame or fork on the hub when mounted in the bike.
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It's a subjective/feel thing. If you can feel any indexing at all as it spins it is too tight.
Ideally you want a minute amount of play after your final adjustment to compensate for the preloading exerted by the frame or fork on the hub when mounted in the bike.
With a quick release hub, this is indeed the correct strategy.
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Sorry, should have specified that.
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Thanks for the responses, guys, sounds like a practice makes perfect thing, I'll keep tinkering.
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I'm a newbie at bicycle maintenance. What is "indexing" as used in your sentence?
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Kirk, practice does help. I'm sure you'll get it.
Indexing is where it feels like there are little detents as it spins-this is probably a lousy analogy, but picture the way a socket wrench feels as you turn it. It's kind of like that but much less pronounced.
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