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Rolf Hubscanadadry
Oct 16, 2001 11:33 AM
Hello. My Rolf Vector Comp front hub (2 years old)has a bit of play in it - there is slight movement from side to side when I grip the hub and jiggle it. I'm attempting to learn how to do most of my own tuning and repair - I am a beginner and I've not worked on hubs before. Q1: Am I correct in thinking that this slight play needs attention? Q2: How do you adjust the hub to take care of the play? Q3: Any special tools needed to do this on the Rolf? Advice is appreciated.
re: Rolf HubsTJeanloz
Oct 16, 2001 11:47 AM
Answer 1: From your description, it sounds like you're jiggling the hub with the wheel out of the bike. In this case, there should be a tiny bit of play in the hub. When the hub is squeezed into the dropouts, that little bit of play should go away.

If the play doesn't go away, you need two of the proper sized cone wrenches. You'll see that the end of the axle (I think the Rolf has a rubber dust cap you will need to remove) there are two nuts, the inside one is the adjusting nut, the outside one is the locknut. Turn the inside nut clockwise a tiny bit. Feel for play. When the play is gone, turn the locknut against the inner nut. This operation requires two wrenches- you will absolutely need to hold onto the adjusting nut with one wrench while you tighten the locknut with the other.
re: Rolf Hubscanadadry
Oct 16, 2001 12:18 PM
Thank you for your help. There is play when I've got the wheel locked in the dropouts, so it sounds like I've got a bit of work ahead of me.
re: Rolf Hubsgttrek
Oct 20, 2001 12:24 PM
I would suggest taking it to the bike shop, I have seen many
rookie mechanic try this procedure and a few weeks later
rebuilding their hubs.
(bike mechanics advice.)
re: Rolf HubsTJeanloz
Oct 22, 2001 8:36 AM
I think everybody needs to learn that lesson the hard way at least once.