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Campy Hub Break In Period?(4 posts)

Campy Hub Break In Period?cipolini2b
Nov 11, 2003 7:37 AM
I just bought a set of record hubs, and found that they're not as smooth as one should expect from hubs of that quality. Do they require a break-in period like most other campagnolo components? Or do they require lube out of the box? Also, the QR is steel. Are they supposed to be Ti? (hubs are 2002 model year)
Adjust them!Kerry Irons
Nov 11, 2003 11:48 AM
No guarantee that they come from the factory perfectly adjusted. Sounds like yours are either dirty or too tight. Adjust them for a buttery smooth feeling.
"smooth" is not a critera...C-40
Nov 11, 2003 12:12 PM
for hub adjustment. The axle may turn smoothly with the bearings way too loose. The bearings should be adjusted for minimal play. Often it's easiest to see if the wheel has play by pushing sideways on it near the brakes. Only a small amount of free movmement should occur. If there is no free movement, the bearings may be too tight.

Trying to adjust play by feeling the axle at the hub can be tricky. New hub seals impart a significant drag.

I have rceived new wheels with the bearings too tight, so don't trust the factory adjustment.

Go to and read the hub adjustment instructions. Once the adjustment is set too tight, the adjustment nut must be backed off and the end of the axle tapped to break it loose before readjustment can be done.
Re-adjust the cones while the wheel is on the bike...Spunout
Nov 12, 2003 5:09 AM
one of the greatest benefits of this sytems is that you can do this.

Clamp the wheel into the bike after you have backed off and freed the cone (tapped the axle end). Now, you can tighten the adjustment nut while feeling the rim play at the brake pads. Keep turning it 1/8 at a time until the play is not noticeable at the rim. Tighten the allen to lock the cones.

Agree, check everything out of the box.