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    Lefty Hub Bearing Pain......

    I had this 2006 OEM wheel sitting around. So, I took the hub and had it laced to a WTB I23 with DT super comps. Nice, stiff and solid.

    Before I had the wheel made, the bearing seemed fine. They spun in the hub with no issues. After a few ride, the bearing seem to be "rough", but the wheel spun ok.

    I thought "I guess the bearings were bad sitting around for 4 yrs." So, I got some Enduro bearings from Project321. (Great CS by the way). I go to take the small bearing out...............

    What a major pain in the A** trying to get that thing out.

    I get the new bearings in. They are seated correctly, yet they still have that "rough" feel as I spin the wheel in my hand.

    2 Questions............

    1) Do those small bearings just suck to get out and in?

    2) Did the wheel build cause the hub bearings to act rough?
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Perhaps the hub is tight for the outer bearing races and they are compressing a bit, making the bearings feel rough? I presume that they didn't feel rough before installing them and you didn't damage them while pressing the into the hub?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    Perhaps the hub is tight for the outer bearing races and they are compressing a bit, making the bearings feel rough? I presume that they didn't feel rough before installing them and you didn't damage them while pressing the into the hub?
    The tight fit would explain a few things.

    The new bearings did not feel rough before installing them. I checked.

    As for the install,
    With the use of my Chris King hub tool, an adapter, and some bushings, the bearings went in straight and clean. The big one was a breeze. The little on did require more torque on the T-handle than I am used to using.

    So, I will just ride it
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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