So I am one of those guys who wants to get out on the trail, but can't get the cash together for a new bike...yet. I have been tooling around a lot lately with the old bikes in my shed, including my 1999 Specialized Hard Rock A1 Comp FS.
Had the fork replaced with a rigid Surly 1x1 and a Cane Creek 40 headset last year. Bike feels great, but the rigid fork may have shaken some lose things a bit loser - I ended up replacing the bottom bracket and now I have gone ahead and pulled apart the front hub to get it repacked.
The hub is a "Specialized Alloy". The wheels are in fine shape. I don't want to dig big money into this bike. But the cones are scuffed to hell and one is chipped, so I need to replace them, and the bearings. Looks like one of the cones is sealed to the axle so I figure I'll be replacing an axle too.
My question -
I've seen some sites where I can buy axles, cones, bearings online. Do I need to be concerned about mfr with this hub? I mean, can I get a shimano axle that measures the same? What about the cones? I can't find any hub parts out there for a 1999 Specialized Hard Rock, and although I'd be glad to pay $10 for a whole new hub I don't really know if I am up for rebuilding the whole wheel...
So then the other part of the question is - if I did get a new wheel or wheels for this bike, what's a good set that won't break the bank for an old bike like this?
Thanks a ton for any thoughts here
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