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    Definitive Solution For XT 770/775/785 Freehubs?


    I'm about to build a new wheelset. I'm moving away from cartridge bearings. I prefer cup & cone I've learned. So lets not argue about that here or bash Shimano for their mistakes. Lets just get to the bottom of the answer.

    What I'm interested in is whether there is any consensus on a definitive solution to the XT Freehub Problem. I've read every thread on this forum and extensively searched Google and there is 95% complaining and 5% advice without consensus.

    So.... does anyone know if any these solutions actually work:

    1) Undo the freehub bolt and the right cone & locknut and torque them properly?

    2) Use blue loctite on the freehub bolt and blue, possibly even red, loctite on the cone & locknut?

    3) Upgrade to the XTR 970/975/985 freehub body on the XT hub?

    4) Get a complete XTR 970/975/985 hub?

    5) Wait for Shimano replacement freehubs with different heat treating to hit the market?

    And yes, I'm aware the SLX line in all steel is a workable option. But I'll be honest, there is a certain amount of "I want it to match the rest of the XT/XTR on my bike" going on here. Lol.

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    1 & 2.
    Using red locktite on the axle and right conus & locknut will prevent them from getting loos over time, that is a good thing.
    I never had the freehub itself come loose.
    3 & 4 might solve the freehub-problem, but is expensive.
    The freehub is basicaly the same and interchangeable.
    Don't know if the titanium freehub lasts longer.
    Costs about 3 or 4 times as much.

    For what I've read, the SLX is a good and cost effective alternative.
    I've build myself a pair of wheels using a SLX rearhub, have not put it trough serious stress thoug.
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