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Back out the lock ring of the bearing and retighten to 1/2 the max torque spec. Use thread locker. The spindle should rotate freely at that point and the thread locker will insure it remains tight. What you are describing occurs when the bottom bracket of the frame is not entirely square. It causes the bearing to set a bit off when tightened to max torque ...


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It is never okay for there to be "preload" on any bearing set. It causes them to wear out prematurely. Adjust it to where there's no play nor binding (or as close as you can get to it). Thank you for being sensitive to the obscure mechanical needs of your bicycle. The instructions are going to bias on the side of tightness, because most people will notice ...



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