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Asked by: Brad Fowler

How do I know if my free hub needs replacing?

Check the freehub for wear to see if it needs replacing or just cleaning and relubing. To do this, firmly grab the splined body and give it a wiggle. If it moves more than a couple of millimetres side to side, replace it. Otherwise, a good clean and oil will do fine.

How do you remove a stuck freehub body?

Quote from video: Just from lack of grease when it was. New. Then to remove it. All you need to do is hit down on there with a sharp blow.

How do I fix my free hub?

Quote from video: But then when you take the wheel out you can remove the freehub. Really quickly and as you'll see the poles are on the freehub body and the actual spline bits are in the hub.

Can you remove the freehub?

Freehub Removal

If the freehub is very tight and difficult to loosen you can get more leverage by mounting the allen key in a vice clamp and sliding the wheel down onto it. Then you can loosen the freehub by turning the wheel counter-clockwise.

Is more pawls better?

more pawls means, at least theoretically, a more solid engagement. increasing the number of pawls does not increase the number of points of engagement nor does it make the does it decrease the distance you have to ratchet back to find the next point of engagement.

Should I grease freehub?

You’re right to be concerned about grease. Never put grease in a freehub,except perhaps ones without standard pawls, like an American Classic ora Hügi (DT) with a star ratchet.

How do I remove freehub body thru axle?

Quote from video: So that C clip is only to remove this little cartridge bearing out of your freehub. Body. Something you may or may not have to do most people may just buy a whole new cartridge.

How do you remove a stuck DT Swiss freehub?

Quote from video: Put your fingers behind it. And pull up like that. And it should pop off.

What is the difference between freewheel and freehub?

Freewheel vs Freehub – Thread Differences

One of the main difference is that freewheels typically have a threaded hub. Bikes equipped with cassettes do not have a threaded hub, but instead, slip onto the hub with splines. But the differences, without getting too technical — go deeper than that.

Can you over tighten freehub?

Over tightening your cassette lockring can also damage your freehub in addition to damaging your lockring. This is more likely to happen if your freehub is made of aluminum. This will strip the threads of the freehub body and it will come loose at some point.

Why are some Freehubs loud?

Loudness in the freehub/freebody is usually due to the very light oil used to lubricate the inner parts. Thicker oil can be used to lessen the noise and even grease in some cases, but it’s high viscosity is pointed at for not being so efficient.

Why does my rear wheel not spin freely?

It might be that the hub is seized up from rust. You can check if it is the brake or not by loosening the caliper and spinning the wheel. If it spins freely it is the brake not the hub. If it is the hub you might need to get it regreased.

Which is louder ratchet or pawls?

Ratchet systems are generally spoken stronger, more reliable and need less maintenance compared to traditional pawl systems. Biggest reason for this is that the power transferred from the drivetrain to the wheel is spread of a larger surface. In general hubs that are “louder” usually have more engagement points.

Are louder hubs better?

Because loud hubs have more engagement points and pawls, they engage faster which makes pedaling quick. The fast engagement that occurs when you start pedaling results in less energy being lost through your pedals.

What hubs do pro cyclists use?

The distinctive green hubs are Chris King R45s. They use lightweight hub bodies and bearings that are made in-house. The rear hub features a RingDrive system with 45 teeth for fast engagement.

How do you know if you need new hubs?

Is One of Your Wheel Hub Bearings Worn Out? Here Are the Signs to Look For.

  1. Grinding Noise. …
  2. Humming Noise. …
  3. Other Sounds. …
  4. Vibrating or Wobbling Wheels. …
  5. Car Pulling to One Side. …
  6. Uneven Brake Pad or Tire Wear.

How do you know when to change hubs?

Quote from video: If there is a play or roughness. That's a good indicator that it needs replacing. While most hub bearings are easily replaced and vary from vehicle to vehicle.

Which freehub do I have?

Determine the brand: Locate the brand of your existing cassette—most likely it is Shimano, SRAM, or Campagnolo. For a Campagnolo cassette, choose a Campy freehub. For a Shimano freehub, count the number of gears on the cassette. If you have 8, 9, 10, or 11 gears, select a Shimano/SRAM freehub.

Can you service a Shimano freehub?

To service the freehub, begin by removing rear cogs. The common Shimano® freehub uses internal loose ball bearing, pawls and springs. Be aware that it is not recommend to completely dismantling the freehub itself. There are no parts available, such as the pawls or springs.

Why are some Freehubs loud?

Loudness in the freehub/freebody is usually due to the very light oil used to lubricate the inner parts. Thicker oil can be used to lessen the noise and even grease in some cases, but it’s high viscosity is pointed at for not being so efficient.

How do you lubricate a Shimano freehub?

Quote from video: Oil right around the edge of the freehub where it joins the rim of the hub holding the spine so the freehub spin the wheel.