Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Bikes: Marin Muirwoods 29er, Pacific Carryme, Yuba Mundo, Dahon Boardwalk D7
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Curve SL '07 - Hub trouble
My Curve SL is two years old and has about 2500 miles on it. Best purchase I ever made - it has brought me hours of enjoyment . I use it almost daily - for commuting, multi-mode Japan exploring, and have taken a few longish rides over 50 miles and climbed mountains (well one - twice). I live in a hilly area, so I use every gear of the SA 5 speed hub on nearly every ride. I really like the hub, it has nice range and is relatively light weight. For the first few hundred miles I had to frequently adjust the hub, but since then, It was a pleasure - I very rarely had to adjust it.
A couple weeks ago I bought the bike into a nearby LBS to tighten up chain, as it had a lot of slack and came off a couple times. Since then (about 2 cm of slack now), I have been having lots of trouble with the hub. The best I can do is get it so that I have gears 1 to 4 with 5 not engaging(noisy too - sounds like marbles rattling around a can). The shifter also is different - no more solid click as I change gears. 4th is a quiet click and I push it from 2nd to 1st with no click at all.
Before I bite the bullet and spend a fortune at a folder specialty shop (Loro) in the hope of fixing, anyone have any ideas? Also, I was planning to try to complete a couple stages of this long distance event in October
if it turns out that I need a new hub I was wondering what options I have for upgrading this bike for long distance rides - without adding too much weight?