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Old 08-26-10, 08:11 AM   #1
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Is this normal? ("new" wheels from eBay seem to stick)

I purchased a set of "ridden once" Shimano RS80s from someone on eBay.

I mounted them last night. Everything seemed to go well until I mounted the cassette. I noticed that the rear hub was heavily (over?)greased and had plenty of fairly fresh grease on the outside drive-side of the bearings. I cleaned it up and proceeded to mount the cassette by hand. When spinning by hand, I notice a good amount of resistance on the cassette (when it typically spins very freely) It was confirmed when I mounted it on the bike. I didn't even bring it out for a ride when I noticed that just spinning the rear wheel also spins the crankset--which I believe it shouldn't.

I read somewhere that the hub may need servicing and possibly an overhaul. I find that hard to believe on a fairly new set of wheels.

I am providing links to videos of the wheels I bought:

Installing the cassette by hand: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spthealien/4928793720/
Noticing resistance on the unmounted wheel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spthealien/4928794652/
Coasting spins the crankset: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spthealien/4928175531/
Mounted wheel spins the crankset: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sptheal...n/photostream/

Can you let me know what you guys think? Should I dispute this with the eBay seller or just ride them to see if it works itself out? I've never had an issue like this on any other wheelset I've ever owned. Am I being too paranoid? These are supposed to be an upgrade from the Mavic Aksiums.
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Old 08-26-10, 10:06 AM   #2
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There is a mechanical expalanation for the crank spinning along with the cassette. I can't remember what it is, you may want to ask in the mechanics forum for the fix.
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Old 08-26-10, 10:13 AM   #3
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Good call. Thanks Beanz!
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If they used a lot of grease this is why your cassette is spinning the cranks, once it breaks down a little it should spin freely.. I hope you are tightening that lock ring and not just hand tightening??
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Thanks for the tip. I do normally tighten the ring with tools, but I found that the resistance increased on the hub when I tightened it like that. But I wanted to show in the video that simply hand tightening it gave it a good amount of grease.

Do new wheels normally come overly packed with grease?
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