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Old 06-19-13, 04:01 AM   #1
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Loose bearings ona coaster brake?

What do you people think of using loose ball bearings on a coaster brake hub?
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I don't see what the issue is here. I'm pretty sure loose ball bearings is what people have been using in coaster brakes for decades. Why would there be any issue of using them over trying to work a cartridge bearing into a coaster hub.

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It's because I've never seen coaster brake hub with loose bearing, only with retainers.
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It's because I've never seen coaster brake hub with loose bearing, only with retainers.
You can use it, no reason you cannot. I suspect the reason they use them is ease of assembly. Coaster brakes have 3 sets of bearings (2 on the hub shell, one on the cog side).

If you like the hub, more bearings are better. Given that most coaster brake hubs are sold on < $250 bikes.... longevity and smoothness are not exactly priorities.
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