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    Help to Remove and service Hub on a Diamondback Atroz please

    It's got sand in it and it grinds.. Need to clean it or replace it.. Diamondback told me this is a Novatek hub.. I cannot seem to find much on it.. Here is a pic.

    Ok, I got down to here and it look like I need a special tool to take this off.. I thought the Park Tool Freewheel remover would be the one.. But it too small to fit this one.. Any tips on this?Help to Remove and service Hub on a Diamondback Atroz please-img_9962.jpg
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    Ok so I spent the entire evening watching youtube videos.. The reason this one was so confusing is that it uses a 12mm through axle.. Going to pull the sleeve out and I need to remove the Disc Rotor to clear enough to pull out..

    Soo...it appears I will need the giagantic 15mm Allen Key to get it off.. Also, I learned that the 2 slots shown in my picture are to actually take the Hub apart (with the right tool). I may try to take it apart if I cannot get it smooth from soaking and relubing.. if not I'll just replace it..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qBk5pePGRg


    Seems like a pain in the ass.. But I really want to learn this stuff.. It helps me not worry about riding in muddy conditions. An afternoon spent cleaning the hub in the garage is better than having the bike down for a week at the LBS. for the record, working on my Corvette is less confusing than this..

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    Is it the axle bearings or the freehub you are trying to service?
    For the axle, you just replace those balls and clean up and grease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    Is it the axle bearings or the freehub you are trying to service?
    For the axle, you just replace those balls and clean up and grease.
    Its the freehub that needs the service.. The axle is smooth as glass.. the freehub sounds like it has a pound of sand in it while turning..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck$ter View Post
    It's got sand in it and it grinds.. Need to clean it or replace it.. Diamondback told me this is a Novatek hub.. I cannot seem to find much on it.. Here is a pic.

    Ok, I got down to here and it look like I need a special tool to take this off.. I thought the Park Tool Freewheel remover would be the one.. But it too small to fit this one.. Any tips on this?Click image for larger version. 

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    Many hubs use the 15mm hex wrench. The hard part is finding a 15mm hex wrench. The other hard part is getting the freehub loose. I had one I could never crack, just gave in a lubed it over and over and lived with the grinding noise.

    Good luck with this one!
    Try this: HTFU

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck$ter View Post

    .. Also, i learned that the 2 slots shown in my picture are to actually take the hub apart (with the right tool). I may try to take it apart if i cannot get it smooth from soaking and relubing.. If not i'll just replace it...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qbk5pepgrg

    Be careful, that´s reverse threaded!

    Good luck
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    I want to say thanks for all the support guys. You gave me the confidence to tackle this job. I chatted online with a Diamondback rep and he said the hex nut was a 14mm.. Sounded different from every other video and procedure I looked at.. What the hell I took the wheel to the local AutoZone and tried a 14mm Hex Socket. It fit like it was born there!
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    It was a 1/2" socket and I used my breaker bar to pop it off..
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    Now I have everything I need to service this any time I need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck$ter View Post
    I want to say thanks for all the support guys. You gave me the confidence to tackle this job. I chatted online with a Diamondback rep and he said the hex nut was a 14mm.. Sounded different from every other video and procedure I looked at.. What the hell I took the wheel to the local AutoZone and tried a 14mm Hex Socket. It fit like it was born there!
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    It was a 1/2" socket and I used my breaker bar to pop it off..
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    Now I have everything I need to service this any time I need.
    Congratulations! It is nice to fix something like this rather than just start new, good job on the follow through, I will have to check out autozone for that size of driver. Never though about using a socket wrench.
    Try this: HTFU

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    Thanks, I got lucky on the socket since it fits inside the hub. I soaked the Freehub in mineral spirits overnight and kept spinning it till all the sand crap came out. I may post a picture of the debris that came out..

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    Happy to report wheel and Bike are back together and smooth and quiet as ever.. I used Bar and Chain oil on the freehub. That is some great stuff.

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