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Old 06-10-21, 02:36 PM
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Axis Elite freehub replacement?

Greetings,

I need to replace a freehub on an Axis Elite 700c wheel. I believe Axis is a Specialized brand used on their bikes - in this case a 2017 Roubaix running a Shimano 105 11sp cassette.

I took it to the LBS and was told the freehub might not be so easy to replace since Specialized doesn't really deal in parts and that a new wheel may be the only option.

I am asking for confirmation of above or advice to the contrary (i.e. aftermarket freehub options, etc.).

Please and many thanks in advance!
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Old 06-10-21, 02:55 PM
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Contact Specialized. They may have a part number for yours that you can use for a search for the best prices and availability. Specialized Bicycle Components If they tell you to contact your Specialized dealer let them know the dealer is useless.
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Old 06-10-21, 07:24 PM
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Please keep us posted of what parts you find to be available... Might be useful to others who have the same wheels!
The rear hub on mine is a Formula RB3811... Been hoping to get my hands on drawings and parts list!
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Old 06-22-21, 06:13 PM
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feedback from Specialized

Originally Posted by MrMazda View Post
Please keep us posted of what parts you find to be available... Might be useful to others who have the same wheels!
The rear hub on mine is a Formula RB3811... Been hoping to get my hands on drawings and parts list!
Thanks
I received the following from the folks @ Specialized today - posting for posterity:

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Part Number: S185500018 - WHL MY17 AXIS ELITE 11S REAR WHEEL 700C DCL:CHARWARM CHAR/ BLK

Part Number: S162800003 - HUB MY16 AXIS 4.0 DISC SCS REAR 12MM TA HUB 24H, CENTERLOCK, SHIMANO 11SPD

These products are unfortunately no longer produced, but if you do choose to seek a replacement, you may be able to find this from an alternative source or work with your dealer to find an alternative wheel compatible with this model.
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Unfortunately replacement freehubs are really hard to source except for some Shimano and some high end stuff. Your most likely (still unlikely) bet is to remove your freewheel, go to a shop with a bunch of parts in drawers on a weekday, not near close, possibly with treats, and see if it matches anything.

I've never worked for a Specialized dealer so I'm not sure exactly how well they stock these kinds of small OEM parts and how easy it is to search for the appropriate part. Some of their stuff uses DT internals, some are Formula, probably some is other stuff.
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The entire rear hub with freehub aren't that expensive. Might be a lot simpler just to have it changed out. I too have one of those Specialized Axis hubs with it's noisy freehub on my bike.

Though my hub and freehub are still working properly, I might also look into having a much quieter Shimano 105 or Ultegra read hub installed.

The time and trouble for attempting to find compatible parts will far outweigh just the simple process of changing them out. The only thing that might prevent me from using Shimano is the spoke count their flanges are drilled for. And a new rim will just add more cost. But maybe some of the other quiet freehub makers have an inexpensive rear hub.

But if you aren't concerned with it being quiet, then DT Swiss which likely makes the Specialized hub has plenty of hubs.
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The entire rear hub with freehub aren't that expensive. Might be a lot simpler just to have it changed out. I too have one of those Specialized Axis hubs with it's noisy freehub on my bike.

Though my hub and freehub are still working properly, I might also look into having a much quieter Shimano 105 or Ultegra read hub installed.

The time and trouble for attempting to find compatible parts will far outweigh just the simple process of changing them out. The only thing that might prevent me from using Shimano is the spoke count their flanges are drilled for. And a new rim will just add more cost. But maybe some of the other quiet freehub makers have an inexpensive rear hub.

But if you aren't concerned with it being quiet, then DT Swiss which likely makes the Specialized hub has plenty of hubs.
I'll go on a limb and guess that OP doesn't know how to build a wheel. It's a lovely thing to do and a fun skill to pick up, but it is a lot easier to do a good job with a semi-decent truing stand and ideally a tension meter (though forum posters will debate this endlessly, pros absolutely use tension meters to set final absolute tension at a minimum). Shop cost to build a new wheel plus a new hub and spokes will likely equal or exceed the cost of a similar quality wheel.
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I'll go on a limb and guess that OP doesn't know how to build a wheel. It's a lovely thing to do and a fun skill to pick up, but it is a lot easier to do a good job with a semi-decent truing stand and ideally a tension meter (though forum posters will debate this endlessly, pros absolutely use tension meters to set final absolute tension at a minimum). Shop cost to build a new wheel plus a new hub and spokes will likely equal or exceed the cost of a similar quality wheel.
I quite agree with you. But sometimes the right shop at the right time, the planets all aligned properly and a good wheel builder not pressed for time might find a reason to give a decent price to replace the hub and freehub entirely. Never know if they aren't ask.

For certain I wasn't suggesting the OP do this themselves. Although I use to true my own wheels and toyed with the idea of building my own, it's just too easy to let someone with experience deal with any wheel issues.

The overriding expense in the hub replacement might be if the flange diameter is different requiring spokes. Spokes add quickly to the cost. However a wheel shop that can cut and thread their own spokes and has a stock of them already might be willing to do it for less than a shop that has to buy spokes for the job.

And buying an entire wheel is also an option. I've had shops find excellent deals on wheels and I've also found my own deals online.

With inventories for everything bicycle still out of whack, everything needs to be considered. I'm having to hunt for some things now that are out of stock online and in LBS's that I'll need in a 1000 miles or so.
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I think it'd be rare for a shop to charge less for cut spokes. Cutting a wheel's worth of spokes on a Phil Wood or a Morizumi is pretty fast, but it still adds, I dunno, 5-10 minutes? Also a lot of wheel builders won't build using old spokes. I'm personally a little lenient about this--I make it clear that I have no way of knowing the fatigue history of used spokes and that I can't take responsibility for spoke failure, but if I'm relacing a wheel because the rim has suffered brute trauma in a moderately limited number of miles I'll do it.

I'll agree we're doing weird stuff out of a lack of parts. I've been selling a lot of random crap out of my basement to customers just to get them rolling down the road (I work in a retail shop, this would in most circumstances be not cool as poaching parts sales, but getting labor $ is better than nothing.)
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