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1999 Cane Creek Aerohead front hub is junk?(4 posts)

1999 Cane Creek Aerohead front hub is junk?Eug
May 13, 2003 7:28 PM
I bought a 99 Cane Creek front wheel on closeout several months ago. 4 years old but new. It doesn't say Aerohead on the rim, but it looks identical to the current Aerohead on the Cane Creek website.

I finally got a tire for the thing and put it on. Then I stuck it on the bike. ANY sort of tension on the quick release, and the thing rolls like the brake is on. Without any tension it rolls smooth. Even my noname hubs on my overused mountain bike (splattered with mud, etc.) weren't this bad.

WTF? This was supposed to be nice wheel upgrade from my Tiagra with Matrix Aurora, but the wheel is useless, despite the fact that people on this forum tell me the wheel is at the Shimano 105 level or better.

The only good news is that it cost me only US$40.

Is this fixable? Did the store just tension it wrong or something?
dig in there.terry b
May 13, 2003 8:01 PM
Take it apart and see. My Cane Creek hubs from that era consist of the flange on either side, two cartridge bearings and an axle. If I were you I'd go looking. What's can you hurt if it's not working to begin with?
Don't worry, it's fixable.jw25
May 14, 2003 7:03 AM
And for $40, you got a steal.
Now then, go to, and download the instructions for adjusting older hubs. The front hub should have a collar on one side, that tightens/loosens with a small set screw.
That collar is the source of your troubles. It sounds like someone has it about half a turn too tight.
So, clamp the wheel in your fork with the set screw pointing in a convenient direction, and loosen it gradually until the wheel spins freely. Like I said, shouldn't be more than half a turn or so.
See, the added tension of the quick release presses on the bearings, adding more preload. There should be a tiny amount of play in the bearings when loose in any wheel, but the sealed cartridges make it harder to detect.
If that doesn't help (but it should, since everything rolls freely when the wheel's out), you might need to clean and regrease the sealed bearings.
Readjusted: rolls freely but grinds. Now getting new bearings.Eug
May 14, 2003 8:51 AM
Thanks for the info.

I took it into the store and it turns out the cartridges were not sitting in the hub right. Apparently the cartridge wasn't 100% flush to the place on the bar where it was supposed to sit, and thus there was slight play in the hub.

The LBS readjusted everything and now it spins freely but there is slight grinding in the bearings. They said it might smooth out somewhat with time, but they think that with the off kilter bearings the races were damaged when I tightened the skewer. It's ridable but I opted to have them replace the bearings for a little over $20. (Ideally it should be free, but I'm not going to argue about $20.)

Stupid me. I should have tested the hub when I bought the wheel. They had about 5 or 6 of them there at the time I could have chose from.

(And in case you're wondering, everything was brand new. Even the cartridges looked pristine, as expected.)