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    DT Swiss 440 / Hugi FR front hub bearing life?

    I'm running this hub with a 20mm through-axle.

    Kind of expected bulletproof performance, but I'm suddenly on my 3rd set of brand-new bearings in under 6 months. Oddly, brand new bearings seem to go only about 5 rides before a tiny bit play develops. The free play doesn't progress too quickly from there, but it's there.

    I've got good fit with the axle end-caps and through axle. The play is definitely coming out of the bearings.

    All three times, the play seems to develop on the disc-brake-side bearing first. The fork itself has been replaced, and the second set of bearings went quickly on a brand new fork with a carefully set up brake.

    Wondering if I'm just running into a batch of bad bearings, or if anyone else has experienced low bearing life with this model of hub?

    Any other experiences?

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    surprising. this hub is supposed to be bullet proof.

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    Have had a set of these hubs quite a while, still on their original bearings!

    Saying that, you probably ride more than I do, especially as these aren't on my main bike, but even still I'd definitely recommend them to anyone. By contrast, I've had hub bearings last only a dozen rides or so myself, and my DT's have done lots more than that and are still as smooth as the day they left the factory.

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