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Old 05-16-07, 09:32 PM   #1
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How to replace a hollow axle with a solid axle

I'm getting rid of the quick release and hollow axle so that I can use a solid axle with some track nuts. How do I remove the hollow axle and replace it with the solid axle?
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what hub?
generic cup and cone? if so just undo the locknuts, unscrew the cones and it'll slide right out.
if its a cartridge bearing setup it might require whacking it with a hammer
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what hub?
generic cup and cone? if so just undo the locknuts, unscrew the cones and it'll slide right out.
if its a cartridge bearing setup it might require whacking it with a hammer

It's a fairly new Shimano Deore hub. I think Shimano uses a cup & cone bearing system for all of its hubs, so I think mine is a cup & cone type of hub. Is there a page on the internet somewhere with some pics of how to do this? I tried searching for axle removal/installation on the internet, but all I got was a bunch of maintenence info for car axles.
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Yup, shimano axles are 9x1mm, if I recall correctly. Just about evry bike shop should have a replacement axle. And yep, undo the locknut, the conenut, then the axle and bearings will pop out, and replace the axle.

Is this a front hub? It's slightly more complicated with a rear hub, but both are pretty straighforward.

If you are at all familair with cone adjustment, this will all be very simple. Here's the instructions for a bearing rebuild:
http://parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=105
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here:
http://"http://www.parktool.com/repa...to.asp?id=105"

park tool's website has a lot of useful instructions under the repair help section

edit:beat me to that ****.
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Hey thanks guys. This is just what I needed. I got the solid axle and wheel in the garage. Now, off to the bike shop to buy some cone wrenches.
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