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    A knock from inside my rear wheel hub

    Hello everyone. As mentioned in the title, I've got a knock coming from my inside the hub of my rear wheel. I noticed it while out of seat. After isolating it to my rear wheel, I removed it and jerked it side to side to confirm my suspision.

    It sounds like something is loose and sliding along my axle. Has anyone had this happen to them before? If so, how did you remedy? I'm praying it won't be expensive.

    Thanks.

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    possibly a broken pawl? Or something similar. I've not had the issue. Are your hubs serviceable? If so open them up and take a look. If not, or you don't know what I'm talking about then safe to say you have entry level hubs and now would be a great time to look into getting something better! That route however is not cheap...
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    All hubs are serviceable. The questions tend to work their way toward availability of parts. I think whether or not the seals are any good is also important.

    How old is the bike?
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    What hub is it? Can you find any brand names, logos, etc?

    or, what bike and how old is it?

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Mine started "knocking" intermittently during riding a month and a half ago. It progressively got worse and a few weeks ago the hub started slipping. The LBS replaced the free hub.
    It was ok for a week or 2 then started again worse than before. Sometimes I could run the pedals around twice before the freehub would engage the hub body. It's in the shop getting a new wheel under warranty right now.
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    I just picked my bike up from being repaired. I had noise like knocking and there was a lot of play in the rear hub. Turns out the service guy at the local bike shop just had to repack the bearings. The wheel is quiet as can be now and the play is gone. Cost of repair was $25.

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    Sorry for such a late reply. I have Alex rims DP17. As mentioned above, they are entry level. I went to the lbs and picked up the necesary tools to take it apart. There was a bolt(?) inside the hub which the free hub screws onto which came loose and was slidding along my axle.

    I just pushed the free hub down on to the hub as far as it would go and then used a 12mm allen wrench to screw the bolt thingy into the free hub. Problem solved.

    What I can figure out is, how the heck did those pieces become unscrewed.

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    What hub do you have?
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    My hubs are fuji sealed bearing disc.

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