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Old 05-31-18, 03:21 PM
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XT hubs on new wheelset too tight ??

Hey guys, Fed-ex just delivered a new wheelset from BWW, and it really feels like the front XT hub is overly tight ( a little stiffness wouldn't concern me, but this really feels excessive). Holding the wheel axle in both hands (well, more like each thumb and index finger), then giving the wheel a spin with another finger, it won't spin very long at all. I know there's always a little breaking in gonna happen, but right now it's quite stiff, and I'm wondering if a little fine tuning is necessary (I'm no bike wrench, but I have bike tools and have repacked a few hubs).
I did do a search on this before asking, and ran across a good thread here from back in 2015, but that largely devolved into a heated argument about whether the QR's compressed the axles or not.
So, how tight is acceptable ?
BTW, the rear feels perfectly fine (no jokes,please! )
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Old 05-31-18, 03:48 PM
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If you've got the correct cone wrenches, grab the cones on each side and open the hub up a bit, maybe 1/8 turn. Re-install and ride off into the sunset...
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If you think it needs doing then it needs doing.
No harm in having a look in there and adding grease.
So long as you are comfortable doing it why not.
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Thanks guys, but after fiddling with it a bit, it seems to have slicked up a good bit, all on it's own. I think it'll be fine, sorry for the wasted thread !
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Loose-ball hubs are shipped with no bearing play in order to facilitate wheelbuilding. They can and should be loosened up once that job is done, but often aren't.
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Agree 100%.
Not uncommon to adjust new cup and cone hubs so they are correct.
Good luck.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Loose-ball hubs are shipped with no bearing play in order to facilitate wheelbuilding. They can and should be loosened up once that job is done, but often aren't.
+1, a bit loose is better than a bit tight in terms of longevity too
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Agree 100%.
Not uncommon to adjust new cup and cone hubs so they are correct.
Good luck.
Pedal bearings also tend to come too tight and skimpily lubricated.
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I typically find the lube to be on the skimpy side.
I bought one cheap wheel for a flip bike and the lube looked like a thin coat of spray on cosmoline.
It's so easy to add a bit of grease to a new, CLEAN hub.
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Just chiming in to just sorta say what everybody else already said so well.

Don't trust cup & cone bearings to arrive properly adjusted. In my experience it just doesn't happen much.
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