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Stupid newbie question - can I replace my hub ?????(3 posts)

Stupid newbie question - can I replace my hub ?????Grinder
Jul 15, 2001 4:15 AM
I love my bike but am having issues with the noise the hub makes when coasting (Fuji alloy?). Hey - I ride the bike, I don't work on the mechinics (yet). I don't like waking up the block when I coast in late at night.
Of course, but...Spoke Wrench
Jul 15, 2001 4:38 AM
You have several possibilities:

1. I don't know how to measure how loud is loud. If your bike is truly significantly louder than other bicycles, you might have a warranty issue. Personally though, if the bike is rideable, I very much doubt that's the case.

2. Sometimes, to reduce the cost of the bike, manufacturers use no-name components in places where people don't look. The freehub body can be one of those places. If that's the case, you can have a Shimano freehub body installed. Cost should run about $50.00 for parts and labor.

3. You can certainly have a new hub laced onto your existing rim, but it's not economical. I'd charge you about $60.00 for a 105 hub, $16.00 for spokes, and $32.00 for labor. By comparison, you could get a whole new wheel with comparable quality components for about the same price, but I'll warranty my wheels not to break spokes and they won't.

4. Live with it. That's what I would do. I don't like to fix things that aren't broken. Besides some very high end hubs, like Hugi and Chris King are noted for loud freewheeling noises.
How I fixed the problem - see above! no textGrinder
Jul 15, 2001 2:13 PM