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    Damaged freehub - opinions!

    What do you all think of that...

    Replace?
    Just ride?

    It's just the marks on the outer edge that bothers me...


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    Thats not damaged at all. Zero reason to be concerned, ride it for many more seasons.

    Too many people worry about aluminum free hub gouging. its just fine. If you're *really* worried, buy a cassette with a bigger carrier, like a 990 or XT.

    When the cassette literally spins freely on the freehub body, then you replace it. You're about 1% there.

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    ^^ I agree. this is normal in the age of alloy freehub bodies. it can be an unforeseen maintenance item but most freehubs are not too overly expensive to replace.

    don't use a cheap steel cassette for sure. the more gears that are bound together, the better it will resist chewing into your hub.

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    Hit it with a file to flatten the ridges, and make sure your cassette is on nice and tight (looks like it wasn't given the wear on the splines where the smallest cog sits).

    Personally think aluminum freehub bodies are a stupid place to lose weight (except for American Classic's steel face design) but that's a different argument.
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    that's also a good point. another is that if you're in the 11 cog that much, you need to get a bigger front ring (single) or shift out of your granny more often (double or triple). if your smallest is a 12, definitely time to get an 11 with your next cassette.

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