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Commuter wheels, ceramic sealed bearings, 3000 miles, excessive?

Old 01-08-21, 08:52 AM
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Commuter wheels, ceramic sealed bearings, 3000 miles, excessive?

Was told that my rear hub bearings are worn out by my LBS, question, is it too soon for a wheelset after 3000 miles ?

My usage, riding with 2 panniers, max 10 kilos at the back, sometimes in wet weather to and from work.

Rear wheels have 24 spokes, front wheel has 20 spokes. Wheel is still true as on the first day as spokes are really well tensioned and hand built, I'm told, from the place i got my wheelset from.
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How much wet weather riding? No bearings should ever wear out in only 3000 miles. When I was commuting up to 9000 km per year I did wear out hubs, but it took at least 30,000 km to do so and the hubs in question were low end Shimano, about equivalent to current Claris hubs
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Yes, bearings should not be worn out after only 3,000 miles unless the original setup was bad. When you/the LBS say "worn out", is what is the symptom? s the hub loose? Grinding? Provide some information about your hub (manufacturer and model) and someone might give some insight into what could have gone wrong. Otherwise you are only get yes/no answers (kind of like a survey) to your simple question. But maybe that is all you need.
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I agree that absolutely no wheel bearing should wear out in 3000 miles unless you rode with the hub submerged in salt water. That is doubly true if you have ceramic bearings.

What are the symptoms that say the bearings are worn out? Play? Noise? Just the LBS's saying so?
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If that's the LBS where you bought the bike, your first question should be something like, "If it failed so fast, how much are you going to give me off the replacement wheels?"

No, unless you took off some dust shields and rode it down the beach every day, the wheel bearings should not be worn out in 3,000 miles.
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What, if any, kind of maintenance have the hubs received?
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Originally Posted by Eggman84 View Post
Yes, bearings should not be worn out after only 3,000 miles unless the original setup was bad. When you/the LBS say "worn out", is what is the symptom? s the hub loose? Grinding? Provide some information about your hub (manufacturer and model) and someone might give some insight into what could have gone wrong. Otherwise you are only get yes/no answers (kind of like a survey) to your simple question. But maybe that is all you need.
Anyway, I had it taken out and replaced with new ones by another LBS. Was told that the bearings may have been in there for quite awhile.

I'm using a Kashima hub. Old bearings felt very draggy and rough.
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
How much wet weather riding? No bearings should ever wear out in only 3000 miles. When I was commuting up to 9000 km per year I did wear out hubs, but it took at least 30,000 km to do so and the hubs in question were low end Shimano, about equivalent to current Claris hubs
True. Its funny how expensive hubs sometimes, allegedly, wear our out much faster than even the most basic Shimano cub n cone hubs. From my experience they last a loong time too. Im betting the boutique stuff isn't sealed and greased adequately to deal with daily committing and minimal maintenance, for the sake of reducing drag.
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Anyway, I had it taken out and replaced with new ones by another LBS. Was told that the bearings may have been in there for quite awhile.
I'm using a Kashima hub. Old bearings felt very draggy and rough.
Your posts are confusing. Does this wheel/bearings have 3k miles on it or more than that?
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