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Lose freehub

Old 02-05-06, 12:43 AM
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Lose freehub

I got a Alex A-class 260 wheels(lousy). That day I did some washing(with pressure gun(minimal pressure), big mistake!!!). After washing, I quickly took it out for a little ride to get the water out of the bearings like usual, but I heard some cracking noise from it. I diagnosed the prob, it seems the freehub is lose because the sound is there when I move the cassette. Also the sound can be heard when the wheels is tightly fixed on the bike while I move the wheel side by side by the rims. Any idea is it the freehub or cassette prob? Any way to tighten the freehub, which in my opinion is lose?

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Juat had that problem with my tandem hub (not the washing part). Could move rim side to side with a popping feeling. Had it before too on other bikes!

On a new bike, the bearings prolly loosened up. Take it to the lbs and they will re tighten the bearings. No problem! That's why most lbs's do the 30-90 day adjustment thing!

My tandem hubs are about 8 years old, making a rough spinning and loud whacking noise. I took it in, the lbs dude replaced the thrashed bearings, repacked with grease and now smooth as butter baby!

If you continue to ride it, you could thrash the whole wheel(hub). If it's a new bike, take it in and have the adjustment made so you can get your money out of the wheel.
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