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Cassette wobble on brand new Felt?

Old 10-08-12, 12:06 PM
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Cassette wobble on brand new Felt?

I just noticed the other day with my bike upside down in the house, turning the cranks and then letting the rear wheel coast, that the 105 10sp cassette wobbles while it is stationary (not spinning) and the wheel spins. It's exactly like in this video (not my bike, this is a 9sp):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKMlP1zjdPU

This is a brand new 2012 Felt Z85 that I have put less than 30 miles on so far. I have read other threads saying that's normal, but the cassettes/hubs in question on those threads were of varying age. This bike has all the original components. The freehub is Felt branded, I think. Website says only "Shimano-compatible 9/10sp".

If it's something that I should take to the shop and have them look at as a warranty service or replacement, could any shop that deals in Felt bikes do it? Because the LBS I purchased this bike from is actually 3+ hours away.
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Felt has great warranty service, but they deal with the dealer that sold the bike.
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crap, that sucks.
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Is the cassette tight? Check the lock ring. Is the skewer tight? If everything is tight but wobbles have the LBS check it. They usually include some number of free adjustments and if it's that new maybe the built it up a bit sloppy. Any shop will be happy to check it but you may have to pay for their time.
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94
This is a brand new 2012 Felt Z85 that I have put less than 30 miles on so far. I have read other threads saying that's normal, but the cassettes/hubs in question on those threads were of varying age.
It's still normal for there to be a bit of wobble - makes no difference if it just came out of the factory a minute ago or if it's been in use for the last decade.
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I read many threads that said almost all cassettes wobble some amount, but I need to check my KHS. I've had that bike upside down many times to spin the drivetrain and check stuff, and I have NEVER noticed the 8sp cassette on that bike wobbling.
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The amount of wobble varies. Just because you happen to have one bike that has less wobble than most and another that has a little more than most doesn't mean there's anything wrong with either of them. Unless you have some other symptom I wouldn't worry about it.
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The only time I've seen any substantial wobble in a cassette is when I forgot to re-install the spacer at the back of the cassette. Worth mentioning, but only one of my freehubs requires the spacer.
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