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?
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