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Helium Help(5 posts)

Helium HelpHectolyte
Aug 13, 2001 5:26 PM
I have a set of heliums that are in super shape, except the bearings in them are done. I placed an order at an lbs back at the end of May for a new set, and of course they have not come in yet. I need to get these wheels back in order soon. They are collecting dust instead of being put to good use. If any of you out there have any bearings and can help me out, or have any good ideas (Or want to buy a set of heliums with toasted bearings) please let me know. Thanks.
The problem with factory built wheels...tirider
Aug 13, 2001 7:00 PM
...is the long down times for service. I have a set of Heliums and when the time comes to send them BACK for service or get parts I know it'll be a loooong wait so I always have a backup set of wheels. I've had the same story with Rolfs etc. That's why custom wheels from by a local builder can often be a better way to go. In your particular case perhaps you should call around to some competent shops and find out if those bearings are proprietary to Mavic. I wouldn't hold my breath though.
re: Helium HelpChen2
Aug 14, 2001 9:00 AM
Two things come to mind, and these are just suggestions for what they are worth. If you can't find replacement bearings maybe you can have your LBS order replacement hub(s) from MAVIC. Also, I think that Chris King makes a rear 28 spoke hub that will work, even red in color, don't know about the front though.
Al
re: Helium HelpPaul N. VA
Aug 17, 2001 3:15 AM
Go to the Mavic web page, they have a list of authorized dealers that repiar/rebuild their wheels.

Paul
new bearingsWilliam
Aug 18, 2001 3:03 AM
Seeing as how you are having trouble getting the parts from Mavic/your LBS, take a look in the local yellow pages for an industrial bearing supplier. Here in Louisiana, there are plenty of them to supply the needs of the oil field industry.

But anyway, pop the cartridge bearings out of the hub and bring them over, they will more than likely have what you need. They may be a bit over priced, or they may be cheap, depends on the dealer; the mark up on industrial goods can be quite high. But rest assured you can find some really high quality stuff, and have the problem resolved in an afternoon.

I picked up a set of bearings for my XTR derauiller once when they froze up the day before a race; the new ones from the bearing place were pretty sweet (for bearings at least).

Will
Baton Rouge, LA