Questions tagged [hub]

Concerning the parts and mechanism of bike gearing, both internal and external. Multi-speed, single-speed, fixed and freewheel.

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What's the efficiency of hub gears compared to derailleurs?

What's the efficiency of hub gears compared to derailleurs? I know that hub gears are not as efficient. Apart from being heavier, how much will I lose in performance if I use hub gears?
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How often should I grease and repack my hubs and bottom bracket?

I am commuting 7 miles a day (round trip) in all weather in New England (temperate, moderately wet climate, cold winters). Overall I am putting about 1000 miles per year on my commuter bike, a 2009 ...
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6-bolt vs centre-lock: pros and cons?

I am having a new set of wheels built, and am trying to decide on whether to go with 6-bolt or centre-lock rotor interface. What are the pros and cons of the two systems?
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How to prevent freehub body damage?

I feel like this is poor design. I have two wheelsets that are less than a year old which have damaged freehub bodys due to cogs digging in to the splines on the freehub. It's so bad that I can't ...
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Is there such thing as a freewheel that doesn't click?

The clicking sound of the freewheel on my singlespeed when it's coasting is annoying for me, so I flipped over my back wheel and rode fixed for a few months in blissful silence. But having to pedal ...
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Bottle dynamo vs. hub dynamo

I have SpinPOWER USB charger kit, and I am using a bottle dynamo with it. I have heard that the power output from a hub dynamo is higher than from a bottle dynamo. Does anyone have any information ...
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do DT Swiss 240 hubs need proprietary tools to maintain them?

the bearings in my DT Swiss 240 hub appear to be shot, I have the toolkit for and am used to maintaining Chris King hubs but I wonder if I have to get special proprietary tools for the DT hubs as well?...
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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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Do I require a washer/spacer/shim between a hub's cone nut and lock nut?

When replacing the cones for a front hub with new ones, is it okay to tighten the lock nut directly against the cone nut? Or must I use some kind of spacer / washer / shim in order for some other ...
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How to make a kid's bike easier to pedal

My daughter has a hand-me-down 16" wheel bike, and she finds the pedals very difficult to turn. The bike currently has a single-speed coaster hub on the back. Is there any way to replace the rear hub/...
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How do I change my single-speed to a fixed gear?

I've been biking on single-speed for a few months and would like to play around with a fixed gear. I've heard of a flip-flop hub, but I'm not sure exactly what it is. And without any fellow bikers - I'...
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Servicing a Vuelta XRP Disc Hub

I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the freehub body off of this hub. Everything I can find online about the Vuelta hubs says that I should be able to stick a 5mm hex key into both sides ...
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How do I clean the inside of a freehub?

I didn't know any better and I let degreaser drip into the freewheel body of my Shimano FH-RM65. Now it makes a terrible retching noise when it rotates. How do I clean the inside of this thing? I'm ...
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Chain stuck between cassette and spokes and damaged rear hub - any way to fix it?

My rear derailleur didn't have limit screws properly adjusted so when I shifted to the biggest chainring the chain jumped in between the cassette and spokes. I managed to get it out but then noticed ...
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Why are hub shells such different diameters?

I'm curious: why are some hub shells much larger diameter than others? Is it an aesthetic consideration? Or are there cost/functionality tradeoffs? Take for example this Dura-Ace hub -- pretty ...
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How to build a wheel

I'm in the planning stage of building a new bike. This will be a light road bike for city runs and transport. For racing I have other bikes. I'd like to build the bike from ground up by assembling ...
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7-speed MTB cassette on 8/9-speed wheel hub, where does spacer go?

Sheldon Brown says "Add a 4.5 mm spacer before installing a 7-speed cassette on an 8-, 9-, or 10-speed hub", but doesn't seem to show spacer placement in any picture. My direct experience is that the ...
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Trouble getting the right cup and cone hub adjustment

I have a pair of Shimano XT wheels and recently had issues with the hub on the rear wheel requiring new cones and bearings. These were fitted carefully but I've had issues getting the right adjustment ...
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Broken 26'' wheel

I need your recommendations. I have the issue with my rear rim. It was broken. And now I have a dilemma to buy a new wheel or buy a new rim and use hub, spokes from the previous wheel. One problem the ...
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Special hub requirements for an 11-speed group

In a question earlier today (Changing cassette from 8 to 10 or 11 to meet the Shimano 105 5800 groupset) the Op asserts that they would need to change their hub, if they wanted to go from a 10- to 11- ...
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How do I know if my cone/cap/bearings need to be adjusted?

I have a custom road bike with (mostly) Shimano parts. I love to ride but I'm not so strong on the technical side. I have quick-release wheels; I regularly (3-4 times a year) put the bike in a bag ...
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Can hubs last forever?

In theory, could a bicycle hub last forever if you kept overhauling it (and getting new spokes and rims and etc.)? I'd like to know about all the hubs, but what really interests me is whether or not ...
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What's the deal/appeal with loud MTB hubs?

Why are a lot of mountain bikers looking to get hubs that make loud sounds? Does it have an advantage or use on the trails?
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Torpedo duomatic stuck in one gear because of too much grease. How to lubricate correctly?

I have a Speedo Duomatic that has been stuck in one gear the last 10 years. Probably because of too much lube in the wrong places. Now is the time to fix this. Everything is clean and I'm ready to put ...
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Cause of spalled cones?

Was getting a sort of rubbing sound from my front wheel, like rubbing brakes, but the sound continued even with the bridal loose. So I disassembled my front hub. Everything looked good until I got ...
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What is this nut?

I've been searching on Google for the last hour trying to figure out if this is some kind of security nut. It's on a Shimano hub on the rear wheel.
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Labour cost in building a wheel

What is the labour cost or time involved in building a wheel. I want to use a different hub with an existing wheel
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practical pro and contra for Nuvinci CVT especially for hilly terrain

I'm thinking of buying new bike next year, most probably combo for exercise & commuting in summer. Since terrain is relatively hilly here and both fixed city-bike and casual combo with 3x7 gears ...
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How to minimize damage from pitted cones?

While working on a old 60's Raleigh I found that there is slight pitting on one of the cones on the front hub (rest of the hub is good). Ideally I would replace the damaged part and move one, but ...
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What is the “clip ring” part on my hubs?

I recently bought a vintage Japanese Zunow road bicycle from the 1980's. The Sunshine hubs comes with small little rusty “clip rings” on both sides. Any idea what is the purpose of those clips?
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Convert fixed gear to coaster bike

I want to convert my fixed gear 700c bike (raleigh rush hour) to coaster break bike. Can anyone recomend the best way to do this. Can anyone recomend a good coaster rear hub or coaster rear wheel?
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Why are axle cone nuts on the left side of a bike not reverse threaded?

I recently discovered that the adjustable sealed bearing cartridges on my rear hub failed prematurely because one of the "cones" (cartridge shoulder nuts) had somehow tightened itself, putting undue ...
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Hub grease, white grease, red grease or buy grease?

As i'm going to overhaul my hubs, i'm looking for the right grease for the job. The easy way would be going to a shop and buy some dedicated grease. But searching through my garage, I found that i ...
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Are all ready-made wheels sold “cassette compatible” only?

I will have to change my wheels on my old trusty late-80s Peugeot (PS28) soon. The rear wheel is mounted with a freewheel-type 6-speed hub (not cassette). I was wondering if all ready-made wheels ...
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Identify this hub (similar to a Sturmey Archer rear internal gear hub w/ drum brake)

I recently came across the auction of an old Gazelle city bike. It is equipped with rear internal gear hub with drum brake which looks like Sturmey Archer 3 gear hub. But this hub has two shifting ...
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Flashpoint FP80 / SRAM S80 - rear hub specifications?

I'm looking for the specs of a SRAM S80 rear wheel hub. I dearly wish to replace its 9/10-speed freehub body with one that can accomodate Shimano 11-cog casettes. SRAM S80 was a 80mm-profile aero ...
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Fixed gear wheel hard to spin

My wheel feels harder to spin than usual. I just put new tires on, and at first I thought a tire must be rubbing, but that's not the case. Seems like the hub might just be gunked up inside, but I'm ...
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How to properly remove bearings from shouldered-axle track hub

I am trying to learn the right way to remove bearings from a track hub. The bearings are cartridge bearings pressed into the hub. The axle has a ridge that prevents it from being removed while both ...
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Difference between grease

Is there a sensible difference between special bike grease (i.e. park tool grease) and grease used in vehicles? Is it worth (when speaking about cheap bikes) spending 10 times more money for special ...
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How to set up bike so that back-pedalling stops the rear wheel?

My first bike was a 1976 Raleigh Strika. It was brilliant and was distinguished by having only a front brake lever. To get the rear wheel to stop one simply back-pedalled. This was a v. efficient way ...
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What tool is needed to remove a Shimano HG-50 freewheel?

What tool is needed to remove a Shimano HG-50 freewheel from the wheel hub? It looks like a 12mm or 13mm Allen key. Will this do it or is there some detail I have missed?
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Dynamo hub cones regulation

I have bought my first dynamo hub wheel with Shimano DH-3N72 hub. The axle of the wheel fells like if it is over-tightened a bit, it rotates with feeling of clicks. Should I loose the cones in the ...
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5 speed cassette on 8 speed hub

I just picked up a cheap wheelset to replace the wheels on a vintage bike. The old bike had a 5 speed freewheel (I think. The model printed on it is shimano-ug). The new rear hub is a shimano fh-rm30 ...
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How do I remove the freewheel side of a flip flop hub?

I've got one of those flip flop hubs, and I need to remove the freewheel side and either service or replace it as it has started slipping really badly. What tools do I need?
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Sturmey Archer 3-Speed Hub Slipping?

I'm about to go look at a 1972 Raleigh. The seller says that the bike slips out of third gear into neutral. Is this a simple fix (e.g. a cable adjustment), or should I stay away from such a purchase?...
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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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Has SRAM discontinued i-light hub dynamo?

I haven't been able to find SRAM hub dynamos lately. Has SRAM discontinued making of hub dynamos?
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Can I replace a 9spd freehub with a 7spd one?

On my commute this morning I established that my freehub needs replacing. There's obviously something wrong with the ratchet mechanism, because it intermittently refuses to engage. My existing setup ...
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Winter grease for extreme cold temperatures

I'm using a fat bike rear hub (Sun Ringle). It malfunctioned twice in less than a month riding everyday in winter ❄️. It stopped turning at all so I had it serviced but then it stopped again when it ...
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Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?

Earlier this month I had a issue with a broken axle. It was the original that was sold with the bike and lasted around 5,000 miles. I went to my LBS and bought a new axle (unbranded, labeled, etc, ...