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any prep needed for a new wheel?(6 posts)

any prep needed for a new wheel?dupe
Nov 25, 2001 6:46 AM
hi, i am soon expecting delivery a new campy shamal rear wheel. apart from fitting the cassette and tire can i assume that the internals are all greased and lubed from factory and ready to roll. or should i get my lbs to check it over.

i have never had a set of new built wheels off the peg as i have always had wheels built. is there a run-in period to check that all is well.

any advice is appreciated.

ciao, ben
re: any prep needed for a new wheel?dope
Nov 25, 2001 7:59 AM
how about rim tape and a tube? duh!
tubular! nmdupe
Nov 25, 2001 8:51 AM
Check bearing adjustment - it can't hurtKerry Irons
Nov 25, 2001 4:41 PM
Remove the QRs and turn the axles with a light touch. If there's binding or play, then you should adjust the hubs. You won't likely find any problems, but since this takes 30 seconds, why not?
I'm with Kerry--won't hurt to check.cory
Nov 26, 2001 8:56 AM
Most stuff seems to arrive OK, and I assume those will, too. But every once in awhile something slips through (I recently bought some pedals that were a little rough, and when I took them apart to check, they'd been assembled one ball-bearing short). Just takes a second to check the play.
Check bearing adjustment - it can't hurtmclements
Dec 2, 2001 9:18 AM
Good advice.

Over the years I've bought more wheels than I can remember and _none_ of them had the hub bearings adjusted just the way I like them. Usually, the bearings are adjusted too tightly. Also, they often are packed with inferior quality grease.

The first thing I do is repack the bearings with a good quality grease.

Next, I adjust them with the cones just barely loose enough that you can feel a bit of play with the wheel off the bike, so when the wheel is mounted on the bike the tension from the quick release is just enough to push them back together and eliminate the play. This gives the lowest possible bearing resistance with no "wheel wobble".

OK, so it takes more than 30 seconds but it's worth the effort to know the hubs are perfect.