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help me!!Dude
Mar 21, 2001 10:17 AM
Hey,
Should the rear skewer(rod) be a perfect fit in the hub? There is room for it to move around when it is loose. The skewer isn't straight when I rotate it to tighten it. The cap wooble up and down. I already got the rod replaced twice. The shop(supergo) said this doesn't matter because the frame is in contact with the hub, not the skewer. They said that the frame is in alignment and there is nothing wrong with the hub. What is up with this bike? I had it for 4 weeks. They offered a full refund that I will probably take.

Thanks
re: help me!!DrD
Mar 22, 2001 3:30 AM
> Should the rear skewer(rod) be a perfect fit in the hub?

there should be some extra room - since when everything is tightened down, both the axle and the skewer don't move, perfect alignment is not required.

>the skewer isn't straight when I rotate it to tighten it. The cap wooble up and down.

Try this - remove the end cap, then rotate the rod - odds are the cap is less than perfect, and the rod/hub axle are fine. You could also try removing the rod and roll it on a flat surface - any bow will be very apparent.

> The shop(supergo) said this doesn't matter because the frame is in contact with the hub, not the skewer.

They are correct - as long as the hub axle is straight, with parallel ends, you are fine.

> They said that the frame is in alignment and there is nothing wrong with the hub.

They are probably correct

> What is up with this bike? I had it for 4 weeks. They offered a full refund that I will probably take.

That's up to you, but in all liklihood the bike is fine (and any other bike is likely to have a similar problem) - something which may help put your mind at ease - go down to the shop and look at other wheels - remove the wheels and rotate the skewer (maybe even bring yours in to try) - odds are you will see the same thing in other wheels - if not, then you can show the mechanics at the shop what you mean, and they will likely replace the wheel (rather than loose the sale on the bike)