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    Rear hub slips before engaging

    Hi guys
    Sometimes my rear hub slips before it engages, already check the cassette and that's not the problem so it must be the hub right? Any thoughts on how to fix this?

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    I would tear into hub and at least clean and inspect. If everything is in good shape all that would be needed after a thorough cleaning is to apply lube and you're back in business (I use synthetic marine grease).

    Worst case, you could have damaged springs, pawls, or stripped engagement ring. This is the point where you may want to consider new hub or wheel-set vs trying to repair. It depends on what hub you have...many are run to fail and just need to be replaced.
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    Yeh, i think it's time for a new hub , never felt like a good hub anyways so...

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    No information provided here that anyone could have isolated and diagnosed. OP, you offer no inform as to what freehub or hub you have. No details as to when this occurs, such as under power or gentle peddling.
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    If you wanted a new hub, you didn't need our permission.
    If the pawls and ratchet are not damaged, a thorough cleaning and lube (with oil or thin grease) will get you hub working properly.
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    The fix depend on hub. Hope, King, DT, Shimano...all hubs have different fixes. Some only require cleaning to fix this. Some require parts. When in doubt, go visit your LBS.

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    Could also be the chain slipping on a cog or the chainring, esp if you have extreme chain angles; typical for 1x systems.

    Is a clunky feeling skip or smooth feeling slip?

    Any issues with back pedaling?

    Does it slip when you start off with the chain in the middle gears?

    When you pulled the free wall off, was the gear ring good and were the pawls okay; ie no broken teeth or chpping? Did each pawl spring back when depressed?
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