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Taking the Wheels to the Shop(6 posts)

Taking the Wheels to the Shopgmagee
Aug 9, 2001 10:11 AM
I have a set of Rolf Vector Comps that are almost a year old.

Now in the past with all my other wheels I have serviced the hubs myself. With the Rolf's it is my understanding that they are not customer serviceable. Is this in fact true?

If so and I do bring the wheels to the LBS, what should I expect them to do if I ask them to check the wheels over? I don't think I need an overhaul just a checkup.

Any advice on the cost, time involved and what to look for in a shop would be greatly appreciated.
re: Taking the Wheels to the Shopgogoleemogolee
Aug 9, 2001 11:11 AM
why not call the LBS? are you sure you service your own wheels???
re: Taking the Wheels to the Shopgmagee
Aug 9, 2001 11:27 AM
Yes I sevice my own Wheels, cones and ball bearings not to hard to do!

I do not have the tools to open a Rolf hub.

Now you suggest I call LBS, well there are 49 of them in the phone book.
This is why I would like specific questions to ask and some knowledge of the answers to help pick a shop to do the work.

I have never worked on a sealed bearing hub. Is it a, if its not broke don't fix it thing or do they still need service from time to time?
re: Taking the Wheels to the ShopTJeanloz
Aug 9, 2001 1:11 PM
With that attitude, I'm inclined not to say anything. But I just can't keep my mouth shut.

There's no overhauling to be done on a sealed bearing. Now some home-remedy mechanic is going to get all mad and tell you that you can, in fact, take apart a sealed bearing and service it. Well, you can, but it's usually easier to buy a new bearing.

What this "check up" that you want might entail, I have no idea. If you have experience with cup and cone bearings, you'd know if the hub needed adjustment. And if the wheel was out of true, you'd also probably know it. What you want from a shop, I'm not sure. How do you give your cup and cone wheels a 'check up' anyways?
re: Taking the Wheels to the Shopgmagee
Aug 9, 2001 1:45 PM
First Thanks for no attitude in your answer to a serious question.

In servicing cup and cone bearings about every 6 months I would disassemble unit ,clean, inspect cups and cones and replace all ball bearings. Relube and adjust good to go.

It was not uncommon to find piting in the front hub cones.
This is my point; on a sealed bearing hub is it, if it aint broke don't fix it or do you do periodic maintenance to the hub (lube check for corrosion).

The wheels are not out of true and are working just fine. I am just asking does any preventative maintenace needs to be done.

re: Taking the Wheels to the ShopTJeanloz
Aug 9, 2001 4:36 PM
In my opinion, unless you ride a lot, you're servicing your hubs far more often than you need to. Any fair quality hub shouldn't need to be lubed more than once a year (~10,000 miles). Unless you're in the habit of hosing down your hubs or riding in the rain on dirt roads, in which case a 6mo interval might be doable. But, of course, no harm is done with too much preventive maintenence.