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Front Wheel Axle help

Old 12-04-17, 04:45 PM
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Front Wheel Axle help

I need help finding a new front wheel axle like this one:

My LBS sells them for 25$ and I see them on ebay for cheap. I'd really appreciate it if someone can link me a cheaper one.

Edit: Ok, so apparently I can't post any links yet. The axle is your basic cup and cone, and the cone has a rubber ring on the tip.
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Old 12-04-17, 04:51 PM
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Axles and cones are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. We need exact details in order to help you.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Axles and cones are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. We need exact details in order to help you.
Oh right, my bad. The axle is 5 7/8 inches, the cone is 9/16, and the nut is 11/16
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Oh right, my bad. The axle is 5 7/8 inches, the cone is 9/16, and the nut is 11/16
What is the brand and model of the hub? The curved bearing surfaces are different on many cones?

What is the axle diameter? 9mm, or 3/8 inch, or 10mm?

These are the things that can help us identify what will work for you.

To give you an example of the variety available, look here. Wheels Mfg Hub Cones

See what I mean?
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
What is the brand and model of the hub? The curved bearing surfaces are different on many cones?

What is the axle diameter? 9mm, or 3/8 inch, or 10mm?

These are the things that can help us identify what will work for you.

To give you an example of the variety available, look here.

See what I mean?
Sorry, I don't know the model, but it's a Formula hub "High Flange Alloy, 32H, Rubber Contact". I went on the Formula website but I couldn't find it. The axle diameter is exactly 5 7/8 inches long, the cone head( in the order of how it appears on the link you posted) is 15mm top to bottom, and 13mm across.

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Originally Posted by Ride_Fast View Post
Sorry, I don't know the model, but it's a Formula hub "High Flange Alloy, 32H, Rubber Contact". I went on the Formula website but I couldn't find it. The axle diameter is exactly 5 7/8 inches long, the cone head( in the order of how it appears on the link you posted) is 15mm top to bottom, and 13mm across.
5-7/8 inch is the length of the axle, not the diameter. The diameter is the "thickness" for lack of better term. It will probably be 3/8 inch (which is sometimes called 9.5mm) or it will be 9mm. Gotta know for sure because they are not interchangeable.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
5-7/8 inch is the length of the axle, not the diameter. The diameter is the "thickness" for lack of better term. It will probably be 3/8 inch (which is sometimes called 9.5mm) or it will be 9mm. Gotta know for sure because they are not interchangeable.

You're absolutely right, it is exactly 9mm.
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Old 12-05-17, 02:54 AM
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Why not just support your LBS and be done with the whole axle situation. You can waste time and energy on this to save a couple of dollars, and that's even if you end up getting the right set-up. You'll still end up paying shipping on top of the purchase price. You can have your axle today, or you can save $10 dollars and because you don't know what you're looking for, maybe have the right part 2 weeks from now.

Knowledge, peace of mind, service. That's the value that an LBS gives you. I'd pay a little extra for that. Hell, if people just keep taking shots in the dark with FleaBay, then soon the LBS won't be there when you need it.

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Originally Posted by taras0000 View Post
Why not just support your LBS and be done with the whole axle situation. You can waste time and energy on this to save a couple of dollars, and that's even if you end up getting the right set-up. You'll still end up paying shipping on top of the purchase price. You can have your axle today, or you can save $10 dollars and because you don't know what you're looking for, maybe have the right part 2 weeks from now.

Knowledge, peace of mind, service. That's the value that an LBS gives you. I'd pay a little extra for that. Hell, if people just keep taking shots in the dark with FleaBay, then soon the LBS won't be there when you need it.
Absolutely agree. Let someone that knows what they are doing get the right axle for you instead of taking a total shot in the dark on eBay or a forum. Not that people here don't know, but seriously, keep your LBS in business for stuff like this.
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I dunno - it's a Formula hub.....if he wants to learn on the cheap, measure, order, install. Four days and additional time for errors. But, I have more than one whip.
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Old 12-05-17, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by taras0000 View Post
Why not just support your LBS and be done with the whole axle situation. You can waste time and energy on this to save a couple of dollars, and that's even if you end up getting the right set-up. You'll still end up paying shipping on top of the purchase price. You can have your axle today, or you can save $10 dollars and because you don't know what you're looking for, maybe have the right part 2 weeks from now.

Knowledge, peace of mind, service. That's the value that an LBS gives you. I'd pay a little extra for that. Hell, if people just keep taking shots in the dark with FleaBay, then soon the LBS won't be there when you need it.
+1

Most LBS aren't try to rip you off, they are trying to stay in business.
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Originally Posted by Ride_Fast View Post
You're absolutely right, it is exactly 9mm.
If you need just the axle or just a cone, $25.00 is a rip-off. But if your local shop is quoting you for an axle and two cones, that's actually a good deal. Plus they will match the parts up and be responsible if the parts don't fit properly.
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And they're much less likely to bungle the installation.
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And they're much less likely to bungle the installation.
I assumed 25 was for parts only. If it's parts and labor, then LBS all the way.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
I assumed 25 was for parts only. If it's parts and labor, then LBS all the way.
I was just hoping to preempt the "what tools do I need" thread.
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I was just hoping to preempt the "what tools do I need" thread.




And which grease is best?
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And which grease is best?
Pizza grease tastes the best. As long as it's NYC style, and not that Chicago casserole.



/am I doing this right?
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