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Lateral flex in my front wheel -what gives?(3 posts)

Lateral flex in my front wheel -what gives?Jethrobodeen
Aug 15, 2001 4:32 PM
I suddenly got the urge to wiggle my front wheel (Ritchey WCS hubs)and to my horror it flexes a few mm side to side. And yes this is with the skewers on tight. The bearings are in great shape and the axle is intact. I don't want to become a hood ornament because of my front wheel skipping...
Adjust the hubKerry Irons
Aug 15, 2001 5:24 PM
It sure sounds like the hub bearings are loose. I assume the "flex" you are talking about is really a "clunk-clunk" side to side - you can feel it "hit the stops" as you move it back and forth. You need to adjust the hub bearings and take out the play. Depending on hub quality, you may not be able to remove all the play before you start to experience a little binding of the bearings (feel resistance and roughness as you slowly turn the axle with your fingers). If so, adjust so there is no binding with minimum play. The amount of bearing looseness you are experiencing will have minimal effect on handling, and poses no risk of the front wheel "skipping", whatever that means.
How much "play"?Mike K
Aug 15, 2001 8:33 PM
If you mean that you can flex the wheel at the rim a few mm side to side, that's normal. If this is what it is and you think that it is excessive take it to your LBS and have them check the tension of the spokes. Either way, any wheel will have some deflection at the rim but it should in no way feel like its "loose."
If there is play "looseness" at the hub then its probably a badly adjusted hub or maybe shot bearings.