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    Need new bearings for rear hub

    I started getting play in my rear hub on my last ride. It got worse and worse over a 1 hour ride.

    So I took the hub apart, and the drive side bearings are black and look burnt. They feel rough when cleaned, just rolling them along the table. The brake side bearings, however, are nice and shiny and smooth. That's good. At first, I thought I'd just cannibalize an old wheel, but the bearings are different sizes.

    In searching the net, all I find are packs of bearings in the hundreds. I only need 10 (9 to be exact). Where can I get a decent set of bearings for les than the price of a new wheel?

    I'm not looking for bling bearings that are ceramic or ceramic hybrids, etc. Just a set of steel bearings for XC riding, usually in mid atlantic slop.

    I'm also wondering about the size. The hub is a Shimano XT, about 5 years old. They seem to be about 6mm, but I don't have a micrometer, and they seem to be sold in standard/US sizes (fractions of inches).

    Anyone know where I can get a normal consumer size pack of appropriate bearings for an XT hub? Or maybe someone bought the 144 pack and can spare a dozen on the cheap?

    Thanks!

    John

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    Go to a local bike shop. They should be able to sell you the exact number and size you require.
    Get over it!

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    If the balls are that pitted I will bet the cone and the race in the hub shell is worse.
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    Those would be 1/4" balls. I also wonder if the balls were that bad what shape the race and cone are in...
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    Thanks for the replies, guys. I'll check the LBSs.

    I did clean the race and cone, and they feel smooth. I think I may have gotten lucky and caught this just in time.

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    Got 'em at the LBS (Performance) from their bulk container. More expensive than on line, except cheaper since I didn't have to pay shipping.

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