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Re-built my record free hub, and greased the pawls...(5 posts)

Re-built my record free hub, and greased the pawls...Spunout
Jun 6, 2003 2:24 PM
with Phil Wood's waterproof grease. Very silent action, and for all I can see solid.

Am I courting disaster? Is this a mistake? I don't want to pull a Tyler Hamilton(last Giro: accident).

Advice appreciated.
Not good- Phil Wood too thick- paws will stick in cold weather.Izoard
Jun 6, 2003 6:38 PM
I did the same to my Ksyriums and was told to use a thin lub like tri flow instead. I can live with the noise, but not with the chance the paws will stick in a race.

I used Phil Wood in my Campy Record hubs all winter (againstbill
Jun 7, 2003 6:11 PM
doctor's orders, just like the advice you got, but it's what I had), and it worked fine. I rode all winter down into the teens.
The stuff is sort of gummy, and it doesn't seem to allow the hub to spin as silently and smoothly when you're spinning it in your basement, but I notice no problems on the road, including in the cold.
I cleaned it out, now used Phil's tenacious oil. Still quiet,Spunout
Jun 8, 2003 4:35 AM
spins well, and engages very solidly on all tests. I'm not sure what was in there from the factory, but because of the proximity of the bearing and a few rainy races, it was a black gooey mess.

I think the seal system between the bearing and the pawls probably means that there will be bearing grease in the pawls at some time or another.
I have had problems in the past with using a thick grease orIzoard
Jun 8, 2003 11:20 AM
Phil Wood oil with the paws catching for split seconds. I called Excel Sports in town and asked for their advice. They recommended Tri-Flow and even commented that Mavic and Campy use an even lighter mineral oil on their hubs (but tri-flow would work just fine).