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Part of a wheel hub that holds the wheel to the dropouts.

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Dropout damage mystery, how to fix it? [Photos and videos]

This is a 90's aluminium frame with 130mm spacing between dropouts which originally had a 7 speed cassette. 2 years ago I changed the rear wheel for a standard 135mm and put a 9 speed drivetrain. I ...
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Converter for quick release skewer to thru axle

I was wondering if there are any strong and durable converters out there for a quick release skewer to convert to a thru axle. I ride a MTB and need something that won't break or fail for me. I don'...
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How do I identify the correct replacement cones, or the right cones+axle?

In this video the "path" left by the ball bearings in the cone is quite wide whereas the path in my cone (on a road bike) is very narrow. I am wondering if perhaps the narrow path meant ...
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How to determine torque when using quick release?

I want to be able to install my front wheel on my Lauf Carbonara fork without using and carrying a torque wrench, e.g. during a longer tour. Lauf says that the preinstalled axle can be replaced eg a ...
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Bent axle causing hub to loosen, the other way round, or axle gradually bending?

Getting ready for a recent tour I noticed a little play in my back wheel with an intermittent clunking noise as well, so adjusted the cones. The feeling afterwards wasn't perfect, but I put that down ...
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How can I remove my stuck freewheel?

I have been trying for days to remove my freewheel using a freewheel tool. I have been using an adjustable spanner for now but it still is not moving. Am I not strong enough? Or is there another trick ...
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Should front fork sit directly on the axle thread?

I was taking off my front wheel and realized that the actual fork sits directly onto the threaded part of the axle. Wouldn't this ruin the threads?
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Is this axle cone/ball pitting serious?

I took the rear wheel off my bike (80s raleigh with modern wheels, used for short journeys mostly) today, and noticed some uneveness in the rear axle. Disassembled to find slight pitting inside on ...
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How to Axle replacement

2021 gt pro series 26 inch. We cut the lugs off to get the wheel off. Would anyone know what size replacement or even where to get it?
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How to properly center the rear axle?

Related to this question. I noticed that while tightening the nuts on left/right side of the hub (which, on the left side, hold the cassette), the threaded axle also moves left and right (see schema ...
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Can I use ZZ (steel seal) ball bearing instead of RS (rubber seal)?

TLDR: is 16100 ZZ (steel sealed) 10x28x8mm bearing good for 8.5inch wheel at 25km/h under 100kg load? Long story, in case someone has better solution: I am in process of replacing my rear-drive e-...
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Rear Axle Reassembly

I have a 2009 Specialized Hardrock, with a Shimano FH-RM30 QR rear hub and a Shimano MF-TZ31 freewheel. I took apart basically the whole wheel assembly trying to repair the freewheel. Now it's a week ...
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Replacement Rear Axle Sizes on Vintage Bike

I bought this 1990 Raleigh cheap on eBay. It had been sitting in a garage for decades and it was barely running when I picked it up. Surprisingly, given its age, most components were fine. But there ...
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What is the max weight an MTB bicycle with a freewheel can handle until it starts putting high stress on the rear axle?

Of course the riding style matters. How hard you go on jumps etc. I don't drive my bicycle that hard. Sometimes i do when im in the mood. My issue is that i am constantly braking my rear axles. It all ...
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Advice on what to buy for someone who snaps rear axles often

To start off, I have snapped my rear axle on my current bicycle four times already. Usually the wheel never "dislocated", so I was fine, but the last time I almost drove off a 10m drop ...
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QR Skewer orientation

Sheldon Brown's site suggests that QR skewers should be installed with the levers on the left side of the bike, "so the derailer [sic] doesn't interfere with it" and that "Usually, the ...
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Only regular wrench key for wheel mount like this?

With the wheel mounting system like on the photos (sorry for poor quality - this is the best my phone can do) - is my only option to dismount a wheel is to use a wrench? Wheels: CUBE RA 0.8 CX. On the ...
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Rear wheel not centered

So i just noticed that my rear wheel is not centered. I think it has been like that since i sent my bike for a service 6 months ago. The wheel is brand new I also noticed a thing which looks like a ...
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Where can I find a wheel of this design?

I have done some extensive googling trying to find a place to buy these wheel. Here is a picture of one of the front wheels: And here is the description from the design which can be found here/n55. ...
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SRAM Maxle Compatibility

My bike has a Rockshox Pike Select (FS-PIKE-SEL-B4). The front axle is a Maxle Ultimate with the following dimesions (as printed on the axle): Size: 15x110 mm Axle Length: 156,5mm Thread Length: 9mm ...
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Which direction should axle lock nuts face?

After having my bike worked on recently at the LBS I noticed that my rear axle lock nuts are arranged so that the smooth/flat sides are contacting the dropouts. To clarify, I'm discussing the lock ...
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Are freewheels really that prone and susceptible to bent axles?

I'm 90kg (198pounds) and I have a 27.5 hard tail mtb 9 speed freewheel and it is quick release. I only use my mtb as a commuter on roads and never on trail. I run my tires at 35-40psi. Ever since i ...
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Rear axle keeps developing play, is it fixable or time for a new wheel?

26-inch mountain bike wheel with Shimano loose ball hub and freewheel. The old axle kept developing play. I installed a complete new one and new bearings and problem persists. Cones are properly ...
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How should I reinstall parts on my axle when I forgot what order they were in?

I got carried away while disassembling/removing the freewheel, hub, cones, washers, and nuts on my rear wheel's axle, and now I'm not quite sure how it all goes back together. I was a fool and didn't ...
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Stuck nut on bike axle?

I've got a bike. There is a stuck nut on the axle, and when I try twisting it.. well.. the axle turns too (obviously.). I'm trying to get it off, but it won't come off. My grandfather has a vast ...
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What is the size of my seatpost clamp nut?

I have this bicycle given by me by a friend, I kept adjusting the height of the bicycle saddle for different members of my family and now the sides of the nut are rounded. The nut is used to adjust ...
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Crank arm loose (squared taper). Can it be fixed?

My problem is that my squared taper crank arm keeps on coming loose no matter how hard I tighten the bolt - it also starts creaking. Here’s a video of the problem https://giphy.com/gifs/...
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Bracket axle for Shimano RD-2300 rear derailleur

Where can I find a bracket axle for Shimano RD-2300 rear derailleur? I searched everywhere and I didn't find one. I need to mention that the frame type is Speed Fitness Alloy and bike is a Focus ...
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Front Wheel axle (Quando) with 1/4 bearings

my first post after years of using the forum. I am a mobile mechanic and keep coming up against these Quando front hubs (sometimes unbranded) that have a standard 9mm QR axle spindle, but with larger ...
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Just replaced axle on rear wheel. It is loose at first but as soon as I ride it, it tightens and wheel no longer rotates. Help!

Yesterday, the axle on my rear wheel snapped. I spent today trying to replace it with a new axle of same length. Before doing so, I checked bearings, and they seemed ok. When I put the hardware on the ...
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Chainring loose around drive-side crank arm / axle

The splined thing in the picture moves very slightly in relation to the chain rings - it seems to be worn. I don't know how to remove it, or if it is even supposed to be removed. This is an old bike ...
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How to correctly identify bearing cones for axles, to find replacements?

The cones of a bicycle front axle are quite pitted, and I decided to replace them. The Axle still is fine, I'd only need to replace the cones. The problem I'm having is finding replacement cones. I'm ...
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How to get rid of hub play in XTR FH-M975?

I recently bought a 2012 Santa Cruz Superlight 29, and there is some play in the rear wheel. The hub is an FH-M975 (XTR). With the wheel off, you can tell there's some play, but I guess there is ...
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Converting Surly new hubs from 130mm to 120mm

Can I convert 130mm Surly New hub from 130mm to 120mm by simply replacing with a 120mm axle? I have a 130mm hub that I'm running on a sscx bike, and want to use the wheel for a track bike with 120mm ...
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Rear axle for Alexrims DC 4.5 Disc 26" MTB wheels w/ Formula hubs

I've acquired a pair of old Alexrims DC 4.5 Disc 26" MTB wheels with Formula hubs, but the rear wheel is missing the axle. I've been reading various posts about how to measure / replace the axle, but ...
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How do I figure out what rear axle to purchase for new wheel?

I have a Voodoo Bizango 2016 and recently purchased a new rear wheel for it as I’m a larger rider and kept popping spokes. It’s a Halo vortex 29" wheel with a Shimano HG freehub. I’m trying to ...
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How to enlarge dropout slots?

I have a Raleigh Grand Prix and was trying to put a modern wheelset on it, but the front dropout slots are too narrow to fit the axle. Is it safe or possible to enlarge the slots? The fork is chrome ...
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Drivetrain changed - new cranks further from bottom bracket

On the weekend I did an overdue drivetrain change. Everything went fine and runs rather smoothly, but I had to adjust the front derailleur a lot. It seems like the new cranks are about 5 mm further ...
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Praxis Works M30 crankset to FSA BB30 fitted in a BB386EVO shell

I have a BB386EVO frame shell and a FSA PF BB30 fitted into it. All good with this Now, I have a Praxis Works M30 crankset that I want to use but I haven't been able to install. The axle seems too ...
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Rear solid axle hub

I have Trek Marlin 5, Today I broke rear hub axle. unfortunately, shops are closed nearby, because of COVID-19, I only have solid hub axle. Is it okay to use solid axle instead of quick release?
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What is this bolt called?

It's part of my front axle and I need another one like this to keep the wheel on. Links to where I could buy one would be appreciated too. The bike is a fatbike with suspension. Bolt threads into ...
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I need help finding a quality replacement axle

I have a Diamondback Outlook Omni 181 CL, bought it second hand for $40, and I'm not sure of the original parts. Recently I have been having trouble with the rear axle, the one it came with bent so I ...
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Back wheel jumping out of rear dropout with child transporter

Some days ago, I was riding my bike towing a child transporter. I was going steep uphill and put quite some force on the pedal. Suddenly, I heard a loud snapping sound and the back wheel was blocked. ...
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Busted my bike hub & derailleur (I think) - how bad is it?

I screwed up :( Background leading to my foolishness: I've been straining my bike quite a bit with hills and inclimate weather, and I haven't been able to find my maintenance kit since I've moved, so ...
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Over-locknut dimension (hub distance) (cup depth) changed after 10.000km

Recently I wanted to replace my bearings and spotted something strange. My Over Locknut Dimension has reduced by 7mm. You can spot the difference when you compare it to the new hub: Can this happen ...
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Skewer removal without quick release

I am trying to replace my cassette. I can not use my cassette removal tool as it is blocked by the skewer, so I need to remove it. From what I can see, the skewer is held together by two bolts. I have ...
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Which rear wheel axle does my “Citizen Gotham 7” folding bike use?

Which rear wheel axle does my “Citizen Gotham 7” folding bike use?
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What are the axle nut sizes on the brompton?

What are the exact specifications of the nuts used on the various axles of the Brompton bicycle? Specifically, I have a 2016 M6R black, but I would appreciate it if you listed the specifications for ...
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How to remove axle and bearings from a B'TWIN Triban Aero wheel

I have a B'TWIN Triban Aero rear wheel and am trying to replace the sealed bearings. After removing the end caps and a DS rubber seal I can see the ends of the bearings, at this point I assumed that ...
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Reassembling rear wheel hub

I have a ten year old decathlon cheapo bike and I wanted to take out the axle out of the rear wheel to see if I could replace it with a quick release mechanism and also learn a bit about how it works (...
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