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Old 06-07-10, 04:17 AM   #1
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slight wiggle/ wobble in surly hub

on my steamroller, my front wheel has some play in the hub. holding the bike with the front tire off the ground, i can wiggle the wheel side to side and i feel a slight click/ catch. it seems as if the bearings are loose. but the wheel spins true and when i wiggle it the rims never touch the brakes. is this normal? is it something that can easily be fixed? i've only had the bike for a week. back hub is fine btw. thanks.
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Old 06-07-10, 05:18 AM   #2
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Sounds like something that could be easily adjusted. I would stop by your shop with it (especially if you just bought it from them a week ago) and ask them to take a look. Usually an easy fix.
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Surly hubs are adjustable (ask Mihlbach), and can get out of adjustment. If not adjusted properly, you can fry the bearings.
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Easily adjustable/replaceable. But if you just got it, take it back to the LBS. (especially if you ain't familiar w/wrenching - you'll end up trashing'em)
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Easily adjustable/replaceable. But if you just got it, take it back to the LBS. (especially if you ain't familiar w/wrenching - you'll end up trashing'em)
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Bearing adjustment may be necessary, before your New Hub is put into service.
Axles should be free-spinning with no side-to-side play. Also, make sure the locknuts are tight against the inner sleeve nut/cone. If you lack proper tools or mechanical aptitude, leave this to a professional bicycle mechanic. Occasional bearing adjustments throughout the life of the hub are normal and recommended.

Thanks, but no thanks. I'd stick with simple non-adjustable sealed bearing hubs like the Formulas. No fuss, no muss.


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Note in particular:

Bearing adjustment may be necessary, before your New Hub is put into service.
Axles should be free-spinning with no side-to-side play. Also, make sure the locknuts are tight against the inner sleeve nut/cone. If you lack proper tools or mechanical aptitude, leave this to a professional bicycle mechanic. Occasional bearing adjustments throughout the life of the hub are normal and recommended.

Thanks, but no thanks. I'd stick with simple non-adjustable sealed bearing hubs like the Formulas. No fuss, no muss.



I was 100% noob when I bought my hub. If I understood what I as buying then maybe I wouldn't have bought an adjustable cartridge bearing hub.
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my rear chris king hubs retail at $600+, are handmade in portland and carry the same warning.
when the spokes are brought to proper tension, the hub shell will expand a little, causing slight play in the bearing preload.
so after the initial build, a bearing adjustment is usually necessary- as well as a 10hr or so after break-in adjustment.
most things that are quality require a little maintenance.
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sweet thanks guys! took it into my LBS and got it tightened. she's all good now
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