Questions tagged [bearings]

A bearing is an interface between parts that turn and parts that do not. The hubs in the wheels contain bearings, as do the bottom bracket, the head tube, and the pedals.

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How to mount Ohlins TTX22M to a 2018 Yeti SB 5.5

How do you mount a Ohlins TTX22M (17.87 x 2.25" - 16mm eyelet) shock to a 2018 Yeti SB 5.5? I previously removed a Fox DPX2 which had vastly different mounting hardware (it turns out). The Ohlins ...
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Why do cones pit in hub bearings?

So called cones are the the inner races in angular contact bearings in hubs. The outer races, usually simply called races, are usually integral to the hub and cannot be replaced. Cones however are ...
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Hard to diagnose noise/squeaking

So I've been on a journey to fix a worrying squeaking noise that is impossible to replicate on a stand. When I am cycling, the rhythmic squeaking noise seems to come from the front on the bike, but I ...
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Carbon taperd road fork - use crown race or not?

I have a 2016 Trek Emonda ALR 5 with a carbon fork. I am assembling the bike after general maintenance, and have noticed that I am missing (or: think I'm missing = am not sure) a crown race for the ...
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Gap between internal cartridge headset and fork

so I've replaced the bottom headset on my 2016 Kona Jake the Snake as the old one was rough and rusted. The replacement is the same size in all dimensions however doesn't seem to fit in properly - ...
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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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What range of rotational speed for bike wheel bearings?

This document from SKF expresses bearing speed in terms of 'n dm', see screenshot below. As rotational speed of the bearing is important for grease selection, what range of rotational speeds do ...
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How can I remove a stuck bottom bracket cup?

I am repairing the bottom bracket of a US$100 bike with hard 2,000 miles (3,200 km). At approximately 1,800 miles (2,900 km) the bottom bracket made a crunchy sound, and after that there was a lot ...
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Should there be grease in my steel frame's tubes?

I've taken apart a road bike from the 70s with a (french) ball bearing bottom bracket. Looking inside I found (what I thought to be) absurd amounts of grease in the tubes coming into the bottom ...
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How to access bearings on this headset?

Since a while my racing bike seems to have delopped a little crackling noise in my headset. I thought servicing the headset bearings might be a logical first step. Unfortunately, when I opend it up I ...
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Suitability of open sided bearings for frame pivots

On a 10 year old bike I am trying to replace miniature frame pivot bearings which measure 9mm x 17mm x 4mm, pictured below, and are sealed with 689z stamped on. They must measure the same dimensions ...
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Headset replacement for Fit Bikes BMX

My son has a Fit BMX bike, seems to be a normal 20" setup. However, the head tube appears to have an inside diameter of 1 3/8", and every BMX headset I'm seeing expects that diameter to be 1 1/4" ID. ...
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Bearings vs. bushings in rear derailleur jockey wheels - which should be more resistant to contamination?

This question came up in a forum I frequent. As background, many of us are familiar with ball bearings, as they are used in many places on bikes: the bottom bracket, the hubs, the headset, etc. Not ...
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Tool to use pulling off end cap from a LIGHTWEIGHT STANDARD, ALL CARBON WHEEL, to change out the 609 bearings from steel to ceramic

I am wanting to change out my 609 bearings, which are steel, and replace with CeramicSpeed or enduro ceramics. Can anyone tell me the safest tool to use when extracting the end caps off this all-...
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Wilier oversize bottom bracket bearing cups for Shimano crank

My bike frame is a Wilier Imperiale with Campagnolo crankset. I am changing the crank to a Shimano 6800. The bottom bracket does not fit to the Shimano one. It is old version WILIER OVERSIZE BOTTOM ...
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What size are Campagnolo Ultra Torque bottom bracket bearings?

I was unable to find the dimensions of Campagnolo bottom bracket bearings. My understanding is that bearings have standard sizes with names like "6200", "6201", etc. See this chart for a big list. ...
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How to reinstall a freehub with cartridge bearings?

My road bike's freehub has an issue - the outer part of the body has about 1mm of play against the axle, resulting in a wobbly cassette. The freehub still functions but it needs replacing. It's a ...
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What bearings go in DT Swiss R23 Spine Disc (FW,RW,Freehub)?

I am not longer able to pedal or back-pedal freely. Coasting still works, so I suspect my freehub bearing is the problem. But man... I've been searching for hours now and can't seem to find what ...
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Are sealed bearings equal to cartridge bearings in single speed hubs?

Single speed hubs are often speced with sealed bearings. In my brief market search I haven't seen any hubs with cartridge bearings in the specifications. Are sealed bearings used synonymous with ...
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Formula hub - fixed cone on the axle

Does anybody have the diagram for a generic Formula hub axle assembly? It has a fixed cone on one side of the axe with no spanner flats. I'm not sure which side of the hub this is supposed to go on ...
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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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Ball bearings only on one side, and smashed “ring”?

I have been given a bike for free, as the rear wheel was very wobbly. I'm been learning how to take things apart, and investigated the axle - it's not bent. The ball bearings, however, were a ...
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Reattaching fork to mountain bike - What is the correct assembly order?

I'm trying to reassemble my mountain bike fork making sure to put the bottom crown race and assorted pieces back together, but I can't quite figure it out: Here are all the parts I have: (click the ...
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Different looking bearing races

So I’m cleaning my bearings and the cups and I’ve just realised one of them looks like it’s been bent inward. Is it supposed to look like this or has something happened?
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Which grease should be used between plastic and bearings?

I have taken apart an older Shimano 105 brake calliper, there are tiny bearings that sit inside the piece of plastic as shown in the image. Is 'standard' teflon bike grease appropriate here, or should ...
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Where are the bearings in thru axle hubs?

So I’ve looked all over the internet to find an anatomy picture of a thru axle hub, because I don’t understand where the bearings go, and I can’t find anything helpful. Can anyone help me understand ...
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Got a new frameset, don't know why I need this split ring collar?

I can work out all the bits of the semi integrated headset, the star fangled nut for the steerer, but I can't see why I need this? It has similar diameter to the steerer tube, is it a spacer? I don't ...
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Play in headset with no upper bearings on a tandem bicycle

I have a half recumbent tandem bicycle. The front fork headset (under the front cyclist) is loose: I can feel some play when I put the front brake on and try to move the bicycle front and back. I ...
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Bearing failure and wheel offset on Chicco Red Bullet

Our 4yo is not yet fully comfortable on her next bike, so she's been riding her Chicco Red Bullet to school - until the bearing packed up on her back wheel today (has she been doing stunts or what?). ...
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Broken bearing cover near stem

I have a small issue with a bearing cover/seal (not sure how it's called properly) that I would like to fix. I'm attaching the picture for clarity. I imagine I should just replace the part but I have ...
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Is this hub beyond repair?

I recently took my bike in for a service and they told me that the hub and bearings had worn out and they needed to be replaced. I took the wheel off and rotated the bolt thing going through the ...
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Shifting from a Tiagra BB to an Ultegra or Dura Ace BB?

So after about 10,000 miles with my bike I bought in 2015 the bottom brackets have had enough. I need to switch them out, and considering they're quite cheap in retail and also does a lot of the heavy ...
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Ball size to ball bearing lookup possible

Just found a tiny metal ball in my bike fiddling corner. I haven't worked on any ball bearing since the last cleaning, so I'm a bit confused where it might have dropped out of. It's pretty exactly 3mm ...
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Sealed bearings characteristics for road bike wheels?

I have fulcrum racing quattro road bike wheels. I'm changing my bearings quite often since I noticed that in general they last around 5000 km (over winter). I'm usualy using SKF 61903 bearings from ...
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Choosing the proper bearings for replacement

Hub and wheel bearings: Xero 6902 and 6903 LBLU. I can find 6902 and 6903 bearings, usually 2RS, but I can't find that brand (Xero) and type LBLU (what does it mean?). Can I safely replace these ...
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I can't extract sealed bearings out of the wheel

I face the problem again of extracting the bearings, this time out of the wheel of my Giant XTC Advanced 29” 1.5 2017, Giant wheel system, hub OEM manufactured by Formula. Once removed caps and ...
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I can't extract sealed bearings out of hub

I am attaching pictures of the rear hub of my Giant XTC Advanced 29” 1.5 2017. The hub is manufactured by Formula. I am unable to extract the bearings. I'm tapping hard from the side of pawls, ...
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Back wheel lock up, when got off wheel would move side to side [closed]

I have a 29 inch Iron-Horse/Sunday 24 speed. My back wheel locked up, when I got off the wheel would move side to side. I thought I lost bearings, took my freewheel apart and clean. Doesn't look like ...
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Remove bearing cartridge on a Formula RX-142 hub

I am trying to replace the free hub side bearing cartridge on this Formula RX-142 rear hub. It came stock on my 2018 Fuji Jari 1.7 and was not available after market and I can’t get docs on it. Do I ...
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Non standard hub bearing?

I need to replace a hub bearing. On it, I can Read ZPL (manufacturer I guess) and 6200RS. 6200 seems to be a standard for (inner diameter x outer diameter x width) 10 x 30 x 9mm. But when I measure, I ...
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Unstable headset/headtube

I have just lowered the stem on my road bike. The headset components might not be installed correctly. Whenever I hold on to the front brake (making sure the wheels aren’t moving), and rock the bike ...
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Question about Wheel Bearings

I live in Virginia and built a wind mill using a bike wheel. Do I need to remove the wheel so the cold weather won't destroy the bearings?
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Front wheel bearings change

I have a mountain bike - can the front wheel can have 1/4" bearings? I know that the standard ones are 3/16" but I think mine came with 1/4" The reason I am concerned is because I changed my front ...
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Pedal: Platform came off axle which remained in crank

I have Shimano PD-T780 pedals. I bought them almost new only a year ago and they aren't cheap pedals. On one pedal, the platform suddenly came off, revealing an axle which tapers off towards its end ...
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What road hubs models or manufacturers use replaceable cartridge/sealed bearings? [closed]

whilst opinions differ on which is better, cartridge bearings (aka sealed bearings) vs loose-ball bearings. I'm attracted cartridge bearings based hubs, because of the prospect of just periodically ...
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Purpose of locknuts+adjustable nuts on sealed hub bearings

What is the purpose of these locknuts? How tight should they be? EDIT: I'm asking because even if I remove all the nuts from the axle, leaving just the axle and the bearings, it still won't have any ...
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Self extracting crank preload

This question got me wondering about self-extracting cranks: What bottom brackets are compatible with Miche Evo Max cranksets (self-extracting type)? Where I've seen them on cartridge bottom brackets,...
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Is this cone nut in proper condition?

This is the original cone nut of a new coaster brake hub I bought recently. I didn't install it yet, it's new. What bothers me are those weird stains / corrosion signs on the bearing surface. It ...
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Can I replace ceramic bearings with steel bearings?

Bought a second hand bike that needs the hubs serviced. The hubs are Campagnolo Shamal Ultra which have Ceramic bearings. I'm yet to tear them down and take a look at the insides but heres a pic from ...
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Prevent wheel bearing from coming loose due to disk braking lateral force

I have an entry range gravel bike (Kona Rove AL 2017) with disk brakes and the cup and cone front wheel hub shown in the pictures. There is the cone itself that threads on the axle and a top ring that ...