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Old 06-12-24, 06:07 PM
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Advice on 2012 Reynolds Shadow missing end caps??

My rear wheel hub caps ( drive side and non) were lost during my move and upon calling Reynolds they couldnt help as they don't even have product sheets of wheels before 2013. Looking online I see some other model replacement possibilities but how can I know what to get?

Obviously, without the caps, the rear wheel won't seat properly with the frame. (2008 Specialized Allez Elite)

Can anyone help me with how I can find them or something compatible?

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Originally Posted by Jay1andOnly1
..... and upon calling Reynolds they couldnt help as they don't even have product sheets of wheels before 2013......
Unless there's something special that happened between 2012 & 2013, someone is simply too lazy to make an effort for you.

I, for one, don't believe they don't have records for earlier wheels.

OTOH manufacturers don't like to change small part specs unnecessarily, because it creates inventory waste.

In your shoes I call them back and ask for some key measurements of the most similar 2013 part. If it seems close, give it a shot.
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"Hub caps?" I'm unaware that bike wheels have "hub caps." Sounds like maybe dust seals to me. What am I missing?
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Or is it the quick release that you are missing? The only thing I can think of for End Caps in your title is the plastic things that they put on the axles to keep them from poking through the cardboard box they are shipped in. And for anything matching a Hub Cap that you mentioned in your description, I've no idea what equates to a hub cap on a bike.

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I've uploaded to Gallery folks, thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Unless there's something special that happened between 2012 & 2013, someone is simply too lazy to make an effort for you.

I, for one, don't believe they don't have records for earlier wheels.

OTOH manufacturers don't like to change small part specs unnecessarily, because it creates inventory waste.

In your shoes I call them back and ask for some key measurements of the most similar 2013 part. If it seems close, give it a shot.
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"Hub caps?" I'm unaware that bike wheels have "hub caps." Sounds like maybe dust seals to me. What am I missing?
Dust covers / hub endcaps / spacers? so that the gap between hub axle and forks are snug. Uploaded pics to Gallery
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pic help. Looks to be the axle, not an end cap. I'm confused how you can lose an axle?

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Originally Posted by Iride01
Or is it the quick release that you are missing? The only thing I can think of for End Caps in your title is the plastic things that they put on the axles to keep them from poking through the cardboard box they are shipped in. And for anything matching a Hub Cap that you mentioned in your description, I've no idea what equates to a hub cap on a bike.

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Originally Posted by Aubergine
pic help. Looks to be the axle, not an end cap. I'm confused how you can lose an axle?
No, its a QR axle... skewer removed for pic. Check the other pic of the non-drive side
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I get it now. The arrow misled me!

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I don't know enough to really say, but that hub looks like it's for a bike with a narrower dropout spacing and they must have added special looking spacers to make it look correct for the wider spacing of your bikes rear. As well, I guess the non drive side spacer also kept that bearing in the hub too. Is that mark on the axle from a set screw that the special looking spacer on that side may have had?

Even without the special things they had installed and even without the set screw, then just plain spacers should work. A thin spacer just enough to let the chain miss the stays and a thick spacer or spacers to account for and make up the rest of the OLD you should have for that bikes dropout spacing. The skewer's (QR's) will keep it all together. But obviously if you take the wheel out to change a tire or tube you have to watch where the spacers fall too.
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I have no problem with the term "end caps" and I immediately understood what the OP is describing.

Various hubs use similar parts which fit over the axle and may fulfill various purposes including; establishing OLD, bearing location or retention, dust cover, etc. Many serve multiple purposes, so no other description other than end cap is as apt.

But let's not argue semantics, and focus on the OPs issue which is about getting th weed very specific parts he needs.
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The axle is wide enough (assuming the same amount of axle engages the other dropout), but if you can’t find the real thing you’ll have to come up with a work around for the missing spacers, using tubing cut to size.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Many serve multiple purposes, so no other description other than end cap is as apt.
Aside from “hub cap,” which he also used, the term “cap” is most definitely a misnomer and not apt, regardless if you are a bike savant and immediately able to ascertain what the OP meant. Those parts don’t cap anything. “Spacer” is far more apt.
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Originally Posted by smd4
Aside from “hub cap,” which he also used, the term “cap” is most definitely a misnomer and not apt, regardless if you are a bike savant and immediately able to ascertain what the OP meant. Those parts don’t cap anything. “Spacer” is far more apt.
You can call them whatever you want, but both DT Swiss and Novatec seem to call that particular part an "end cap". The term seems to be fairly widely understood.
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The problem is that the needed parts depend on the design.

For example, if the axle lacks shoulders or a spacer behind the bearing, simple spaces transfer the QR compression to the unsupported inner races. That unacceptable thrust load would mean an early death for radial bearings.

If I were familiar with those specific hubs, I'd offer specific advice. However, not knowing the hub, nor having photo X-ray vision, I can only suggest pushing staff at Reynolds harder until he gets a proper answer.
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Might have to search for a trashed hub and scavenge the necessary parts.
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In the days when QR was the norm, such parts may have been called hub locknuts or axle spacers. Nowadays with thru axle wheels, the parts that meet the frame are often interchangeable to accommodate different dropouts, and endcaps is the terminology.
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End cap is a very commonly used term for this part of a cartridge bearing hub.

Finding the correct caps for a 2012 hub will probably be a challenge. I agree you might look for an old hub to cannibalize, not sure how common this hub is though.
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!- Go to a local Co-op that stocks used parts and pieces.

2- dig around in the collection of old school rear axle spacers, find what gives the correct CENTERING of the hub to the rim, testing with a Centering gauge.

3- add just enough electrical tape to keep the newly found spacers in place...

4- Install the wheel, test the shifting, adjust as needed.

5- go ride your bike.

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